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As TV Critics Hand Out Prizes And Emmy Ballots Are Due, The Movie Awards Season Could Face A Major Shakeup

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: With last night’s Broadcast Television Journalists Association’s 4th Annual Critics Choice Television Awards now out of the way, and Emmy ballots due by 10 tonight, there is lots of news on the TV awards front. But I have learned there also is news on the nascent movie awards season that could mean a radical shake up for the BFJA’s kissing cousins’ Critics Choice Movie Awards.

A meeting will be held today to discuss moving the CCMAs up in the season by as much as a month to mid-December. Yikes! (Full Disclosure: I vote in those awards). CriticsChoiceMovieAwardslogoFor the last two years they have been held on Oscar nomination day (January 17th earlier this year), drawing a big star-and-industry turnout as well as lots of attention due to the fact that newly minted Oscar nominees hit the CCMA red carpet just hours after getting the big news. But I am told BFCA officials are frustrated by the forced proximity not only to the higher profile Golden Globes show on NBC, but also the glut of other pre-Oscar events and guild nomination announcements. Also factoring in is a new broadcast partner as The CW, which has carried the show for the past two years (after previous stints with VH1 and E) is no longer going to be involved. Last night’s TV awards was also the first — and apparently last — broadcast for that show as well on The CW. The BFCA/BFJA (same group of … Read More »

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Wild Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Brings Out Oscar Nomination Day’s Winners And Losers; Julia Roberts Compares It To “Some Strange Fellini Movie”

Pete Hammond

19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Backstage And AudienceLast night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards pretty much mirrored the results of the Golden Globes handed out just a few days earlier. The winners – 12  Years A Slave for Picture, American Hustle for Comedy Picture, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Leonardo DiCaprio, director Alfonso Cuaron, Spike Jonze for his Her screenplay, and animated film Frozen – were awarded similar honors from the Hollywood Foreign Press on Sunday. The only real variation was in Supporting Actress, where Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o was the choice of the Broadcast Critics (I am a member of the group) while Jennifer Lawrence grabbed the Globe. Lawrence did win a CCMA too, though, as part of the victorious ensemble of Hustle.

Related: Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Winners

So does this mean an Oscars consensus is finally forming as awards season begins to heat up? Not really. We are still talking awards from media groups here. The real contest Critics-Choice-Movie-Awards-logo-e1379366211768starts this weekend when the first two big guild awards — SAG on Saturday and the Producers Guild on Sunday — declare their winners and the industry gets its say. These results will be significant and I am particularly looking towards the PGA (which has turned out to be a kingmaker in recent seasons, matching Oscar’s Best Picture the last six years in a row) to add some clarity to the season which at this point is wide open — although I would say, by virtue of a major Best Picture win at the Globes and CCMAs, 12 Years A Slave is having a good run this week.  And remember, for whatever reason, the Broadcast Critics Association members often seem to reflect the sentiment of Academy voters. It has a good track record predicting eventual Oscar wins.

19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Press RoomBut where the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards really made its mark last night was that it came at the end of a long day where Oscar nominations were revealed. This is the second year in a row BFCA chose the same date as the Academy for a major awards season event. You might recall Ben Affleck’s “I’d like to thank the Academy…” speech last year when he won the CCMA after being snubbed by the Academy for a Best Director nomination earlier that morning.  There weren’t quite the same dramatic moments last night, but the vibe in the room was electric. A whole group of brand new Oscar nominees were in a celebratory mood, and the networking and backslapping going on was every bit as fun as the crazy atmosphere that surrounds the Globes.

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CCMA’s To Honor Forest Whitaker, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke

(Los Angeles, CA – January 14, 2014) – TheCritics-Choice-Movie-Awards-logo-e1379366211768__131216080848 Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that it will be honoring Forest Whitaker with the Joel Siegel Award, to be presented to him by his co-star in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Oprah Winfrey. Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater will receive this year’s Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The rest of the night’s winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the star-studded awards gala will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

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Broadcast Film Critics And TV One Team On ‘Celebration Of Black Cinema’ Special

slaveThe Broadcast Film Critics Association and TV One have partnered to create an original special featuring content from the BFCA’s Celebration Of Black Cinema event at the House of Blues on January 7. The program will include backstage interviews and highlight the stars, performances and music from the event that recognizes and celebrates 2013 as a historical year in black cinema, TV One and BFCA announced today. The special will air on TV One in February. In addition, the network will provide promotional support on TV One, Radio One, Reach Media, and Interactive One.

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‘American Hustle’, ‘12 Years A Slave’ Lead BFCA’s Critics Choice Movie Awards Nominations

Pete Hammond

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (I am a member), the largest group of critics in the nation andCritics-Choice-Movie-Awards-logo-e1379366211768 traditionally a reliable bellwether for Oscar nominations, have announced their list of contenders for the 19th annual Critics Choice Movie  Awards in a whopping 28 categories offering 13 nominations each to Sony’s American Hustle and Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave, two films that have already figured heavily in the season’s early awards contests and look to be frontrunners now for some major Oscar love. Gravity, another strong contender favored to score big with the Academy, was right on their tail with 10 nominations. In fact the CCMA’s will be airing live on the evening of January 16th, the same day the Academy will be announcing its nominations. The same thing happened last year, and what started as a bummer at the Academy announcement in the morning for  Argo’s Ben Affleck — who was shockingly passed over for an Oscar nod as American-HustleBest Director — ended in triumph just a few hours later when he, and his movie, won BIG from the Broadcast Critics, beginning a strong end run for Affleck that ended with Argo’s Best Picture victory at the Oscars. Both 12 Years and Hustle owe many of their noms to their large cast of actors who cleaned up, with 12 Years’ Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender and the ensemble scoring nods and Hustle’s Christian Bale (also named in the comedy category), Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams (in comedy) and its ensemble grabbing mentions. For Gravity it was mostly a technical triumph, but star Sandra Bullock is up for Best Actress and again for Best Actress in an action movie (she also has a comedy nom for The Heat).

Hustle appeared to be on a roll over the weekend by scoring the year’s best limited opening with an estimated $115,000 per screen boding well for its wide expansion next weekend. Meanwhile it also took a couple of awards from the San Francisco Film Critics for Lawrence and Original Screenplay. 12 Years took Best Picture, Actor and Adapted Screenplay while Gravity won for directing and several below the line honors. The majority of precursor awards and noms do seem to be lining up heavily behind these three films — so far at least. Read More »

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Broadcast Film Critics To Celebrate 2013′s Historic Output Of Black Cinema

Pete Hammond

Noticing a significant trend that defines a large part of this awards season and movie-going year, the Broadcast  Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced Tuesday that they have partnered with L.A.’s House Of Blues  to produce an evening  devoted to what they are terming a “Celebration Of Black Cinema“.  The event, which is expected to draw many celebrities including the most prominent African-American filmmakers and stars responsible for 2013′s unusually large output of quality films, will be held on Tuesday January 7th. It makes a busy month for the BFCA whose Critics Choice Movie Awards take place just nine days later  on January 16th (and broadcast again this year on the CW). A good portion of the films nominated at the latter show are expected to be the same movies the BFCA will be highlighting at the January 7th event.

“After watching  42, Mandela, 12 Years A Slave, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Fruitvale Station, Best Man Holiday  and so many more, we realized never has a single year featured such a wide range of movies with such memorable performances both in front  of and behind the camera,”  said Joey Berlin, President  of the BFCA. KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin co-Executive Produces along with Berlin and called it an opportunity for “a great party, and a significant event”.

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‘Lincoln’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Silver Linings’ Top List Of Nominees For 18th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards

Pete Hammond

With a record-breaking 13 nominations including Picture, Director, Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Supporting Actress for Sally Field and Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones, Steven Spielberg’s long-gestating pet project Lincoln dominated the 18th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards announced this morning. They are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which will air the CCMA’s on January 10 live on the CW. That is the same date Oscar nominations will be announced, so it should be quite a day. These  awards, unlike many of the critics groups awards, are taken very seriously as a strong precursor to the way Oscar voters may cast their ballots. And with those ballots going out earlier than usual — in less than a week — these early award nominations can have a possible impact on the way the Oscar winds are blowing. Certainly the track record is there for the CCMAs.

If that’s the case, then Universal’s Les Miserables will also be a strong contender, snagging 11 nominations including Best Picture, Director (Tom Hooper), Actor for Hugh Jackman and Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. Just one notch behind is a surprisingly robust showing for The Weinstein Company’s Silver Linings Playbook with 10 nominations including Picture, Actor (Bradley Cooper), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Director and Adapted Screenplay (David O. Russell). Fox’s ambitious Life Of Pi garnered an impressive nine nominations including Best Picture, Director (Ang Lee) and many crafts categories. After that it was up to three movies — Argo (including Director Ben Affleck), The Master and Skyfall to each grab seven nominations and try to keep the contest close. In terms of personal nominations, no one could touch Lawrence, who is having quite a year grabbing four nominations including Actress, Actress in a Comedy, Actress in an Action Movie (The Hunger Games) and Best Acting Ensemble. Her Silver Linings co-star Cooper led the males with three acting nominations, all for that film.

The 10 nominees for Best Picture were a diverse bunch that included three entries alone from The Weinstein Company: Django Unchained, The Master and Silver Linings Playbook. Argo, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Les Miserables, Life Of Pi, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom and Zero Dark Thirty round out the list. The latter has already won numerous critics groups awards for Best Film and for its director Kathryn Bigelow. It snagged a total of five mentions from the Broadcast Film Critics, including one for Jessica Chastain as Best Actress. Competing with her are Lawrence, Marion Cotillard for Rust And Bone, Naomi Watts for The Impossible and a couple of contenders on opposite ends of the scale: 85-year-old Amour star Emmanuelle Riva  and 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Read More »

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HAMMOND: Do Critics Choice Awards Mean ‘The Artist’ Is Heading For Oscar?

Pete Hammond

‘The Artist’ Best Pic, George Clooney, Viola Davis Top Actors At Critics Choice Awards

Trying to bring a little more clarity to a confusing season, the 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards, presented by the 250-strong Broadcast Film Critics Association, spread the wealth in a way that still gives most contenders a little hope. A record 19 different films scored at least one win over the 24 categories. This group found something to like about almost everything and  just about everyone in the room got something along the way Thursday night,  but it was still The Weinstein Company’s The Artist, the black and white silent movie which continues to defy expectations that  clearly has cemented its front runner Oscar status  with a leading 4 awards including Best Picture and director for Michel Hazanavicius. Hazanavicius also won for hardest name to pronounce. Presenters are living in terror of screwing it up. Muppets star Jason Segel was sitting right in front of moi and kept asking me how to say it as he practiced “ahhvv-nahhvv-a-shoosh” over and over.  He pulled it off in style, unlike Donald Glover who butchered it in the screenplay category.

Based on recent history the four major acting winners George Clooney,Viola Davis, Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer just saw their Oscar chances increase ten-fold.  The BFCA membership has a strong correlation with Academy voters , particularly in acting categories where for the past two years the group has been on a roll and  gone four for four in predicting the eventual Oscar winner. … Read More »

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Sean Penn To Receive Broadcast Critics Honor

(SANTA MONICA, CA – January 9, 2012) — The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced today that renowned actor and humanitarian Sean Penn will be presented with the fifth annual Joel Siegel Award at the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The award will be presented by fellow actor and 13-time Critics’ Choice Award nominee George Clooney. The ceremony will air live on VH1 on Thursday, January 12 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Given annually, this special award pays homage to beloved “Good Morning America” film critic and BFCA member Joel Siegel, who lost his long struggle with cancer in June 2007. It seeks to honor those who understand, as Joel did, that the greatest value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others. Sean Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization in the immediate aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010.

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Critics’ Choice Awards Spread The Gold: ‘Social Network’, Fincher, Firth, Portman

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Nominees for 2010 film releases were selected by written ballots in a week-long voting period and announced on December 13th, 2010. Winners were revealed at the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony tonight at the Hollywood Palladium broadcast live on VH1 Television Network. Each year, special awards are given out at the discretion of the BFCA Board of Directors:

BEST PICTURE
The Social Network

BEST ACTOR
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

BEST ACTRESS
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale – The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melissa Leo – The Fighter

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Fighter

BEST DIRECTOR
David Fincher, The Social Network

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The King’s Speech

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Social Network

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Toy Story 3

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Inception

BEST COMEDY
Easy A

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
The Pacific

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Waiting for ‘Superman’

BEST SONG
“If I Rise” 127 Hours

BEST SCORE
The Social Network – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Inception

BEST ART DIRECTION
Inception

BEST EDITING
Inception

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland

BEST MAKEUP
Alice in Wonderland

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Inception

BEST SOUND
Inception

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Hammond Analyzes B’cast Critics Awards

Pete Hammond

With a record 12 nominations including Best Picture , Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan led the list of nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 16th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards announced early Today. The Weinstein Company’s The King’s Speech and Paramount’s True Grit followed closely with 11 nods each. Warners’ Inception managed 10 noms without a single acting mention, while Sony Pictures’s critics group darling, The Social Network was named 9 times. The winners will be announced in a live ceremony from the Hollywood Palladium on January 14 on VH1 which recently reupped its deal to carry the event after airing it for the past three years. MTV Music Awards Executive Producer Jesse Ignjatovic of the Den of Thieves production company will serve as the show’s new Executive Producer.

The BFCA has an emerging reputation as a strong precursor of Academy Award nominations and wins. Last year, the group was the first televised movie awards show of the season to name The Hurt Locker as Best Picture and Kathryn Bigelow as Best Director as well as and gave all four eventual Oscar acting winners Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Monique and Christoph Waltz first chance to try out their acceptance speeches. In fact, in their 15 year history, the BFCA managed to mirror the Oscar choice for Best Picture 9 out of 15 times including the last four years in a row. Last year 8 of their 10 nominees for Best Pic went on to … Read More »

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Broadcast Film Critics Favor ‘Black Swan,’ ‘True Grit,’ ‘The King’s Speech,’ ‘Inception’ And ‘The Social Network’

(Los Angeles, CA – December 13, 2010) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. This year’s event will again take place at the Hollywood Palladium. This is the fourth year in a row that VH1 will broadcast the gala live on the network and the first year the show will also be broadcast internationally.

“Black Swan” received an unprecedented 12 nominations for the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, garnering nods for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Score. “True Grit” and “The King’s Speech” followed close behind with 11 nominations each, while “Inception” received 10 nominations and “The Social Network” garnered 9.

“Toy Story 3” was honored in the Best Picture and Best Animated Feature categories while two Best Picture nominees, “Inception” and “The Town,” were also recognized in the Best Action Movie category. “127 Hours,” “The Fighter” and “Winter’s Bone” also scored multiple nominations, including Best Picture.

Nicole Kidman received her record seventh acting nomination for Best Actress in “Rabbit Hole.”

Amy Adams will be seeking her second Critics’ Choice Award as a Best Supporting Actress nominee in “The Fighter.”

Twenty-year-old Jennifer Lawrence earned nods in both

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