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.

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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?

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‘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, … 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

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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, … Read More »

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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 … 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

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