'Hurt Locker' dominates National Society of Film Critics winners
The National Society of Film Critics announced their 2009 winners today. The organization was formed back in the 1960s by film critics who were denied entry into the New York Film Critic's Circle. Historically one of the last critic's groups to announce their picks there were only a few surprises in their selecitons today. Here's a quick rundown of the winners and some quick thoughts on each.
Picture: "The Hurt Locker"
If you were to believe critics, "Hurt Locker" has the best chance of beating "Avatar" for Best Picture. However, until proven otherwise, "Up in the Air" has to be considered the alternate choice among Academy members.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
Her former husband may be her biggest competition, but after so many accolades its still hard to see Bigelow not becoming the first woman to win Best Director.
Actor: Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"
These sort of wins are big for Renner who is trying to sneak into the final five Best Actor nominations.
Actress: Yolande Moreau, "Seraphine"
These late season accolades for Moreau could have helped "Seraphine" when it was released way back in June to little fanfare.
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds," and Paul Schneider, "Bright Star"
Some nice love for Schneider, but Waltz is running away with this one at Oscar.
Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, "Precious"
Busy contender should easily and deservedly win this at the Globes, SAG and Oscar.
Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man"
Certainly doesn't hurt their perilous Best Picture nomination hopes.
Foreign-Language Film: "Summer Hours"
Critic's favorite. Always nice when overrated "White Ribbon" doesn't make the cut.
Nonfiction Film: "The Beaches of Agnes"
Cinematography: Christian Berger, "The White Ribbon"
Sigh. It's pretty, but just because it's black and white pretty doesn't mean it's worth all this fuss.
Production design: Nelson Lowry, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Would be fantastic if Lowry could get an Oscar nod.
Next up? Producer's Guild and Director's Guild nods later this week.
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
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