BFCA adds categories

Posted by · 4:25 pm · November 25th, 2009

Sean Penn at the 2009 Critics Choice AwardsHot off the presses:

The Board of Directors of the Broadcast Film Critics Association has voted unanimously to expand the categories we will be voting on for this year’s 15th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. More fun for everybody!

We believe it is appropriate and wise for the BFCA to model its categories more closely after those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This means adding several “technical” categories, dividing Best Screenplay into Original and Adapted, and tweaking a music category from Best Composer to Best Score. We will not be voting on shorts and we will only be voting one Best Sound category. (And we most likely will not present any of the new categories on our live telecast as we still have only two hours on VH1.) We will still be voting in our unique categories, including Best Comedy, Best Action Movie, Best Young Actor and Best Acting Ensemble.

Full list of categories after the jump.

The categories for the 15th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are:

BEST WRITING (Original Screenplay)
BEST WRITING (Adapted Screenplay)
BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION (Network or cable, including mini-series)

We were tossing around ideas for the name of the actual statue (as in Oscar, Emmy, etc.) a few weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to throw it out to the readership here.  I offered up “The Star” and “The Rave” as possibilities.  But it should be organic if anything, I suppose.  “Critics’ Choice” is the brand, after all, but it was something that came up.  Any bright ideas?  Just curious…

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  • 1 11-25-2009 at 4:37 pm

    Peter said...

    I applaud the expansion of categories.

  • 2 11-25-2009 at 4:44 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Can’t say this fills me with excitement — just suggests the BFCA trying to pre-empt the Oscars even further.

  • 3 11-25-2009 at 4:49 pm

    Maxim said...

    “Any bright ideas?”

    How about the Copy Cats? The Unoriginals? The Idea Stealers?

    Or, since their apparent and stated goal is to match AMPAS beat for beat, the Useless?

    Just imagine… And the “Redundant Award” goes to… Tarantino!

    (see what I did there?)

  • 4 11-25-2009 at 5:00 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    If anyone wants to be sincere and hold back on the snark for just…one…day, I’m all ears.

  • 5 11-25-2009 at 5:26 pm

    Loyal said...

    I like the CAAs, nice light fun. Something about Best Makeup now makes it all serious.

  • 6 11-25-2009 at 5:28 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Oooooh, cool, they have a Made-for TV Movie Category. Grey Gardens is a mortal lock.

  • 7 11-25-2009 at 5:36 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    Can’t say I’m too thrilled about this, it makes them seem way too similar to the Oscars, with the HUGE difference being that the technical categories at the Oscars were nominated by their own, who are the experts in their fields. Not to say critics can’t tell what a great-sounding movie sounds like, but I can imagine these categories at the BFCA will be far more populist choices than actually the best of the best.

    And who is going to have the energy to watch this? They now have more categories than the Oscars! People can barely muster up the energy to watch the Oscars, and they’re the Oscars!

    I can easily imagine this ending up biting them in the ass to be honest, especially considering what they’ve mainly done is 1) make the show much longer (presumably), and 2) pretty much only added a lot of acceptance speeches by winners that most regular people won’t recognize or even heard of.

    If anything, they should’ve copied the Golden Globes instead, do a Drama/Comedy split (they already have a comedy category after all), and double up on the star power.

  • 8 11-25-2009 at 6:15 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    Ah crap, I should’ve read the fine print about not presenting these awards at the televised gala. Okay then, that makes a big change so scratch most of what I said.

    Though I still think it’ll end up being more populist choices than actually the most deserving ones.. And really, what’s the point of having a bunch of extra categories if you’re not having them on the televised gala?

  • 9 11-25-2009 at 6:17 pm

    Maxim said...

    Actually, I was being serious.

    It’s just that I can’t help but notice that between the ‘Best Action Movie’, ‘Best Comedy’, ‘Best Movie Made for Television’ (they got rid of the ‘Best Family Film’), as well as the more traditional categories, BFCA not only has a perfect overlap with the AMPAS categories but has most of the Golden Globes covered too. Toss in ‘The Best Acting Ensamble’ into consideration and you’ve got SAG awards taken care off too as far as covering your bases is concerned.

    Now that’s what I call a lot of important precursors! BFCA’s attempt to improve it’s own importance seems to be a very “virtue by association” kind of thing, hence my copy cat comment. I guess I just couldn’t contain the excessive snarkiness though I hope my reasoning makes sense to others.

  • 10 11-25-2009 at 6:29 pm

    Maxim said...

    *Make that a nearly perfect overlap with AMPAS.

    It’s worth noting that BFCA used have a ‘Best Screenplay’ category before they changed in 2002. I actually happen to like the idea of having the ‘Best Writer’ category because to me it elevates the Writer above his or her screenplay. (The same logic goes for ‘Best Composer’ which allowed John Williams to be regonized in the years where he produced terrific output for various films).

    For all my negativity I actually like BFCA and thing that they’ve made a few really good choices in the past. More power to them, I guess.

  • 11 11-25-2009 at 6:53 pm

    Nigel Bridgeman said...

    I liked the old days when there were just the Globes, DGA, WGA, PGA, and then a few critics groups – National Board of Review, New York, LA and National Society of Film Critics. It’s just so busy now that most of the awards are meaningless. Pretty much the only award I look at as having any weight in the Oscar race is the DGA.

  • 12 11-25-2009 at 7:13 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    Frankly, I doubt that the fact that critics do the nominating and voting is going to make the nominees in tech categories bad choices. At the risk of sounding like a kiss-ass, Kris’ Shots of the Year list tends to be pretty spot-on, especially for bringing up films that might not otherwise get AMPAS attention. Could something like “Let The Right One In” have been nominated last year if BFCA had already made the category additions? Surely, we can only speculate, but I like the idea that some non-traditional choices might break through. Situations where the nominees for Best Art Direction aren’t just showy fantasy or period pieces, but the best use of design to elevate the image and the tone and thematics of a given shot/scene/film.

    As for the name, you usually go with two things: a spin on someone’s name (e.g., Tony Award named after Antoinette Perry) or a description of the actual statuette itself (e.g., the Golden Globes). Any founding members whose names pop out really well? Also, do you have a bigger image of the award itself, because I have trouble seeing what it looks like.

    Sure, I’m thinking a bit inside the box, but that doesn’t mean you can never find a new toy inside.

  • 13 11-25-2009 at 10:41 pm

    Cameron said...

    The Prism, perhaps?

  • 14 11-26-2009 at 5:15 am

    LoyalT said...

    The Critic

  • 15 11-26-2009 at 5:35 am

    M said...

    My question is what is the age limit on best young/actor actress. I don’ think it should be more than 25. Probably even less than that.

  • 16 11-26-2009 at 6:23 am

    Neel Mehta said...

    Gotta call it “The Broad.” A whole generation of kids will watch the telecast, dreaming of one day delivering an acceptance speech, while holding up a Broad of their own.

  • 17 11-26-2009 at 10:54 am

    papa said...

    How about the Copy Cats? The Unoriginals? The Idea Stealers?

    Or, since their apparent and stated goal is to match AMPAS beat for beat, the Useless?

    Just imagine… And the “Redundant Award” goes to… Tarantino!

    haha I completely agree! Great post.