NYFCC on the way…

Posted by · 9:19 am · December 13th, 2010

Holding pattern.  And maybe it’s time to revamp the ole’ website?  Every time I go there I expect to find that Julian Fellowes has won Best Screenplay for “Gosford Park.” Anyway, the announcement should drop within the hour.

In the meantime, here are the Southeastern Film Critics Association’s picks.




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  • 1 12-13-2010 at 9:23 am

    Keil Shults said...

    I envision a large group trying to select The Social Network, only to have their decision hindered and ultimately transformed by Armond White, doing his best Henry Fonda as Juror #8 impression.

  • 2 12-13-2010 at 9:25 am

    Keil Shults said...

    Either that or he’ll just let them vote for TSN while he chills out near the punch bowl, occasionally letting loose a Trash Humpers-like cackle.

  • 3 12-13-2010 at 9:27 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Armond White <33333.

  • 4 12-13-2010 at 9:45 am

    Graysmith said...

    Re: Southeastern critics.. Wow, such SPECTACULAR conformity. Good god.

  • 5 12-13-2010 at 9:46 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I miss the good ol’ days when the critics would hump something to death, and the AMPAS would get fatigued and create backlash.

    Or maybe that just happens with gay films.

  • 6 12-13-2010 at 9:51 am

    ann said...

    could happen this year, the season just started

  • 7 12-13-2010 at 10:00 am

    Graysmith said...

    Unless the NYFCC manages to break the sweep, our last hope will be for the NSFC to pick something like Carlos or A Prophet.

  • 8 12-13-2010 at 10:11 am

    Keil Shults said...

    Not to sound antagonistic, but it’s these comments like “our last hope” that confuse me. First of all, who is “our?” And secondly, what do you mean by such a comment? I suppose I can understand why people like Tapley or David Poland would be annoyed with the race seeming to be over and done with, because it makes it more challenging for them to find things to talk about on sites like these for the remaining weeks prior to the Oscars.

    But if NYFCC suddenly awarded True Grit Best Picture, would that change your personal opinion of the film? Hopefully not.

    Now, if Graysmith’s favorite film of the year was Carlos, I could understand him typing, “My last hope is that NYFCC or NSFC pick Carlos.” But beyond that, I don’t really sense this collective hope among cinephiles that he’s referencing.

    Again, if that came out sounding harsh or like a personal attack, it wasn’t…at all. I don’t dislike Graysmith, his film choices, etc.

  • 9 12-13-2010 at 10:16 am

    Maxim said...

    I agree with Keil. Uless you explicitly state your favorite and it happens to be a different movie, I don’t really understand the kind of rhetoric above, either.

  • 10 12-13-2010 at 10:26 am

    Fitz said...

    Yeah, let’s not pretend all of us are rooting against ‘Social Network’ because it is simply not the case.

  • 11 12-13-2010 at 10:36 am

    Maxim said...

    I think Keil’s comment (as is, indeed, mine) is not specific to Social Network. I haven’t even seen the film for reasons I’ve listed a long time ago and don’t care to get into now.

    I also think that Fight Club is a terribly overpraised nihilistic film. For once, Roger Ebert was right. I might not ever completely forgive Fincher for it even as I do like “The Game”. The man needs to do a “warm” film but that doesn’t seem to be on his horizon.

    Needless to say, I don’t have a personal stake in the Social Network in the race. As far as I am concerned, an upset would do just fine, but I say it for reasons that are different from me simply being bored by the race.

  • 12 12-13-2010 at 10:38 am

    Graysmith said...

    @Keil,

    I’m speaking strictly as an awards geek, it’s not a comment on any individual film. It’s simply not a whole lot of fun following these things when one film/performance wins EVERYTHING (unless it’s Oscar night and that film is the one you’re rooting for). I am absolutely not trashing The Social Network, I am trashing the absolute boredom of an awards season without any excitement, without any spice. Even if The Social Network was my absolute favourite (currently #3) I’d still be bored to see it winning every single thing.

  • 13 12-13-2010 at 10:41 am

    Steven said...

    I like how a movie about backwoods Missouri and a girl going on the hunt for her meth addict father wins the award for “evoking the spirit of the South.”

  • 14 12-13-2010 at 10:42 am

    Keil Shults said...

    I will say, however, that I do understand how one could be a little bored with the race thus far. That boredom could lead you to hope some big groups shake things up and add a little excitement by giving out their top prize to something rather unexpected.

    And if that’s all you were trying to say in your previous comment, I apologize. I happen to love The Social Network and would be perfectly fine with it winning this year’s Best Picture Oscar, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be giddy as hell if NYFCC stunned everyone by giving Best Film to Let Me In (would never happen, but you get what I’m saying).

    I should also add that my overall involvement in these proceedings is colored by the fact that I simply have not been able to see many of the year’s supposed best films (especially those that are still in limited release or not yet available to the public).

  • 15 12-13-2010 at 10:45 am

    Fitz said...

    Steven, I think they meant the cinematography, but yeah, that does seem pretty stupid.

  • 16 12-13-2010 at 10:45 am

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    I’m sure Kris is just *thrilled* about “Winter’s Bone” winning The Gene Wyatt Award for Film That Best Evokes the Spirit of the South. ;)

  • 17 12-13-2010 at 10:48 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Indeed, Nic, already Tweeted as much. Sigh.

    As for NYFCC, well, just kidding about “within the hour.” Get it over with already.

  • 18 12-13-2010 at 10:51 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Social Network won, FYI. More to come…

  • 19 12-13-2010 at 10:53 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    And The Kids Are All Right had a great showing.

  • 20 12-13-2010 at 11:32 am

    Keil Shults said...

    @Graysmith – I didn’t see your response while I was typing my most recent comment, but yes, your original intent is now clearer to me. And I think we’re both on the same page.

    @ Maxim – In all fairness, Fight Club was initially lambasted by most critics, and I’d characterize the overall response as polarized, at best. In the years that followed, however, its stature grew among both critics and home viewers. Personally, I loved the film back then, but have since found myself less enthralled by it, although my evaulation of it would still ultimately be positive.
    As for Fincher making a warm movie, I’d say he came about as close as can be expected with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. As much as I admired aspects of the film (enough to own the Criterion Blu-ray), I didn’t feel it was worthy of the 10 or so Oscar noms it landed (Best Picture, in particular). Of course, my favorite Fincher film to date has to be Zodiac, which didn’t get a single Oscar nomination. I think the man’s a stellar director, capable of greatness given the proper material. The Social Network proved that he has more up his sleeve than merely visual pyrotechnics and a penchant for dark material. He took a phenomenal script and enhanced it in ways that did not distract or detract from the potent source material. He took a lot of fast talk and made it vibrant rather than obnoxious. The film took on a life of its own, becoming this living, breathing thing…as fast-paced and whip-smart as the characters who fill it. A genuinely impressive achievement all around.