WEEKLY WRAP: BFCA awards, Guilds triple, Rohmer passes

Posted by · 5:47 am · January 16th, 2010

A still from Claire's Knee by Eric RohmerAs you’ve just heard, “The Hurt Locker” emerged triumphant at the BFCA Critics’ Choice Awards.

Earlier this week, Éric Rohmer, sly giant of New Wave intellectualism, passed away at the age of 89.

That same day, “Avatar,” “The Hangover” and “Star Trek” were among the films nominated by the WGA.

The ASC slate continued the love for “Avatar,” but a semi-surprise nod for “The White Ribbon” got pundits’ attention.

Completing a trio of Guild announcements in one day, the ACE revealed their editing nominations.

Off the Carpet made a formal appeal to Academy voters to put some individual thought into their ballots.

The Long Shot mused on what looks to be a more American-flavored Oscar race than the last couple of years.

In Tech Support, we profiled the gifted craftsmen behind “A Serious Man.”

An Academy bake-off (I always get fun mental pictures from that term) left seven films in the race for Best Makeup.

BAFTA nominated five young actors for their Rising Star Award, including Carey Mulligan and Kristen Stewart.

We got some face time with the stars of “The Blind Side,” and came away more charmed by them than by the film.

Do I need to remind you which film topped the box office last weekend?

“The Cove” and “The Beaches of Agnes” were among the documentaries nominated by the DGA.

Some journos began pushing the notion that there’s a contest for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

Add “The Princess and the Frog” to the list of titles disqualified from Best Original Score consideration.

As usual, Kris and Anne put a bow on a busy week in Oscar Talk.




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  • 1 1-16-2010 at 7:55 am

    JJ said...

    My thoughts on BFCA last night:

    By awarding The Hurt Locker in PIC and DIR, by awarding Jeff, Meryl, Christophe, MoNique, Up in the Air in writing, and Avatar (in some of the technical categories) … this DID feel like a true critics award show.

    The inclusions of Sandra (who I love, but did not deserve a tie win), action award, young actor award, and what I feel is odd choices for Editing, Cinematography, & Foreign Language film … these felt Golden Globe-ish.

    So, as usual, BFCA choices are like a mix of the sublime and the mildly ridiculous. Better than GG, but more in line with Oscars than actual critics.

    I enjoyed the show. I even enjoyed the Chenoweth – who most people seemed to hate.

  • 2 1-16-2010 at 8:28 am

    Me. said...

    I’m very sad about Éric Rohmer’s death. He will be very missed.

    Also, my Golden Globe Predictions:

    Best Picture (Drama): Inglourious Basterds
    Best Actor (Drama): George Clooney – Up in the Air
    Best Actress (Drama): Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
    Best Picture (Musical or Comedy): Julie & Julia
    Best Actor (Musical or Comedy): Matt Damon – The Informant!
    Best Actress (Musical or Comedy): Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
    Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique – Precious
    Best Directing: The Hurt Locker
    Best Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds
    Best Original Score: Avatar
    Best Original Song: The Weary Kind – Crazy Heart
    Best Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon
    Best Animated Feature Film: Up

    I can see Up in the Air taking screenplay too but I’m going with the Basterds because of it’s international fare.

  • 3 1-16-2010 at 3:34 pm

    Andrew2 said...

    Yes JJ, the critics, who have not given Bullock a single thing all awards season suddenly give her Best Actress? So inconsistent and baffling