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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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Deadline Awards Watch 60: The Guild Awards Podcast

Deadline Awards Watch ep 60In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond gives host David Bloom his take on the unprecedented tie in this weekend’s Producers Guild Awards for their version of the Best Picture nod, spotlights the actors positioning themselves as Oscar favorites after the SAG Awards, and talks about why Julia Roberts said this year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were like a Fellini film. ete and David also talk TV, as the weekend’s awards shows also made time for the best television programs of the year, doling out the guild love to Breaking Bad and Modern Family. Finally, Pete previews this week’s notable film debuts, led by the subtle faith-based drama Gimme Shelter, featuring a career-shifting performance by Vanessa Hudgens as part of a terrific cast; and Cannes Film Festival award winner Like Father, Like Son, a Japanese import so nifty that Steven Spielberg bought the remake rights, even though Pete says the Japanese Oscar selection committee had “a big miss” not choosing it for the Foreign-Language Film race.

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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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Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper Drop F-Bombs On Live Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Show

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 5:41pm PST

Sandra BullockAnd the award for quickest bleeping fingers goes to … the CW‘s censors. Only a half-hour into the live broadcast of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, two people already have dropped F-bombs onstage. Leave it to the erstwhile Miss Congeniality to spice up a live awards show. Gravity star Sandra Bullock was accepting her trophy for Best Actress in an Action Movie when a voiced momentarily boomed over the PA. Her reaction was bleeped, but even the most amateur lip reader could figure that she said “What the f**k?” She smiled and continued with her speech. Minutes later, Bradley Cooper joined the potty-mouth party too. Onstage to accept the Best Acting Ensemble award for American Hustle, he referred to his colleagues as “these f**king actors.” The CW actually went 3-for-3 on the bleep button, including a fleeting “sh*t” from Cate Blanchett as she accepted the Best Actress award for Blue Jasmine. That’s better than NBC managed when the network let Jacqueline Bisset’s loud-’n'-clear “sh*t!” get on the air during the Golden Globes telecast last weekend.

Related: Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Named Best Picture; ‘Gravity’ Leads Field With 7 Wins

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Named Best Picture; ‘Gravity’ Leads Field With 7 Wins

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 5:00pm PST

Steve McQueenGravity scored a leading seven wins, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron, but it couldn’t land the big prize at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Instead, Best Picture went to 12 Years A Slave, one of its three wins on the night less than 14 hours after it scored nine Academy Award nominations — and four days after it took Best Drama at the Golden Globes. American Hustle scored the second-most trophies from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’sAlfonso Cuaron 19th annual, including Best Acting Ensemble and Best Comedy. Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Is The Warmest Color, Frozen, The Great Gatsby and Lone Survivor snagged a pair of wins each at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Deadline’s Pete Hammond will have a full wrap-up and analysis of the show later tonight. Meanwhile, here is the complete list of winners:

Related: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper Drop F-Bombs On Live Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Show

12 Years a Slave

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Spike Jonze, Her

John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

American Hustle


Blue Is the Warmest Color

20 Feet from Stardom

American Hustle

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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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Deadline Awards Watch 55: The Critics Choose Podcast

Pete Hammond

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with host David Bloom about the just-announced nominees for the Critics Choice Movie Awards, as three films – American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave and Gravity - in particular look to be cementing their positions in the Oscar race going into the holidays.

They also will talk about this week’s insight-filled Q&A between Pete and three stars of August: Osage County, Meryl Streep, Margot Martindale and Abigail Breslin; and we’ll ponder Peter O’Toole’s half-century dance with Oscar, a dance that never resulted in a win despite all his extraordinary performances.

Pete also gives his take on the latest movie debuts heading into a premiere-filled Christmas week, including Spike Jonze’s quirky dramedy Her, featuring Joaquin Phoenix and the beguiling voice of Scarlett Johansson, comedy Anchorman 2, with Will Farrell, Steve Carrell and their crew reprising the roles they made famous in the 2004 original, and The Past, director Asghar Farhadi’s latest work, featuring the luminous Berenice Bejo in a much-admired lead role.

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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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CW To Air Critics’ Choice Movie And TV Awards In 2014

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 4:54pm PDT

The CW will air the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on January 16, 2014. Nominees will be announced on Monday, December 13, 2013. The network also is broadcasting the 4th annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards in June 2014, marking the first time the ceremony will be aired in its entirety in primetime. Locations and hosts for both shows will be announced at a later date. The Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. Click over for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards timeline. Read More »

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: ‘Argo’ Best Picture, Director; Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain Take Acting Honors

Ben Affleck got some consolation tonight when his Argo was named Best Picture and he was honored as Best Director at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Affleck, who was overlooked in the director category at today’s Oscar Nominations, took things in stride tonight as he picked up his award for Argo: “I would like to thank the Academy. I’m kidding, this is the award that really counts”.

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards took place at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. This morning Lincoln dominated Oscar nominations with 12, and Steven Spielberg’s historic film portrait also dominated the broadcast critics contenders with 13. The CW is broadcasting the event from 8 PM to 10 PM Eastern time, tape delayed for the West Coast.

Daniel Day-Lewis, accepting his award for Best Actor, said that Lincoln was “One of the great unforeseen privileges of my life. Each and every day was filled with discovery and the joy of discovery.” Jessica Chastain was voted Best Actress for her work as a driven CIA analyst for Zero Dark Thirty. Jennifer Lawrence nabbed two prizes, one for Best Actress in an Action Movie for The Hunger Games and the other for Best Actress in a Comedy for Silver Linings Playbook.

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OSCARS: How Reliable Are Precursor Awards In Predicting Oscar Noms?

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 9:00pm PST
Pete Hammond

When Oscar voting came to a close Jan. 4 , 9 days earlier than last year, the dynamic of phase one of the awards race was thrown into uncharted territory. Because of the new timing crunch, previous harbingers of Oscar gold like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards, the Broadcast Critics Association’s Critics Choice Movie Awards, the American Film Institute’s annual list of 10 Movies of the Year, and the Screen Actors Guild’s Awards could have more influence than ever—or perhaps less, depending how you look at it.

Related: Nominations Voting Ends Even As Online Ballot Confusion Persists Among Some Academy Members

In conversations with many potential Academy voters, one thing is clear: The late-breaking contenders of November and December turn out to be the most likely recipients of Oscar attention and therefore the “must sees” for any serious member that planned to cast their ballot over the already über-busy holiday period. November’s Flight, Lincoln, Life Of Pi, Hitchcock, Silver Linings Playbook, and Skyfall together with December’s late-breaking Zero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, Django Unchained, The Impossible, The Hobbit, and Amour all struggled to get Academy eyeballs before the nomination deadline. With so many year-enders, it positively makes an October contender like Warner Bros.’ Argo seem like a film for which voters will need a long memory. Nearly everything that is being talked about or anticipated is being packed into a two-month corridor. And it doesn’t help matters that many of those titles have running times well over two and a half hours. Read More »

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Sam Rubin To Host Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 2:43pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: KTLA Los Angeles entertainment guru Sam Rubin has been tapped to host the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will air live tomorrow from 8-10 PM PT on the CW. The confirmed guest list includes just about every actor or actress who has been in season-long discussions for the Oscar nominations, which will have been revealed earlier in the morning. That 5:38 AM wake-up call always makes for a long day for the entertainment journos in town, but it will be especially daunting for Rubin, who will cover the noms announcement at 5:38 AM, do his regular shift on the KTLA Morning News and then host the station’s two-hour Critics’ Choice red carpet show before jumping onstage to host the ceremony. Scheduled presenters include Nina Dobrev, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Melissa Leo, Eva Longoria, Cory Monteith, Rob Riggle, Emmy Rossum, Ian Somerhalder, Octavia Spencer and Paul Wesley.

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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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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards To Air On The CW The Day Of Oscar Nominations

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 9:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are moving to the CW, leaving their long-time TV home VH1. The broadcast network will air the 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Thursday, January 10, 2013, pre-empting its regular lineup. There had been speculation whether the Broadcast Film Critics Association would move up the date of its awards show in light of the Academy’s decision to shift its nominations day to January 10, but the organization is keeping its event put –  just aiming for more eyeballs by moving it from VH1 to the CW. (Though awards shows like the Critics’ Choice skew much older than the CW’s youthful audience, so the special will have to bring in new audiences.) Read More »

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How Oscar’s Surprising Changes Affect Awards Season: Analysis

Pete Hammond

My phone started ringing off the hook shortly after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences sent out their press release today detailing key dates in the voting schedule for the 85th annual Academy Awards. Awards consultants I spoke to were clearly thrown for a loop and expressed dismay over the new dates — particularly the Academy’s switch from the previous Oscar nominations announcement date of January 15 to January 10, an unprecedented three days before the Golden Globes.

Related: OSCARS: Nominations Date Shifted To Jan. 10 — Before Golden Globes

Does this blunt the impact of the Globes? In some ways it definitely will as the Academy’s nomination announcement will get enormous attention just as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is drumming up attention for its own big night. Also, the usual window in which studios use Globes wins for newspaper, online and TV advertising is, well, out the window as Oscar nominations will likely take precedence. Last year, there was a week-and-a-half between the Globes ceremony and the Oscar noms. Now the two are much, much closer. The impact, if any, of Globes nominations on Oscar voters is also minimalized as the Globes noms are announced December 13 and Oscar nom voting starts four days later on December 17, with ballots now due back January 3.

And then there is the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Movie Awards, another big telecast movie awards show that usually falls on the Thursday or Friday before the Globes. No date has been announced for 2013, but the group’s decision will certainly be impacted by today’s Academy news. Certainly they don’t want to show to fall on the same day as Oscar nominations, but will they move earlier because of this? There’s only so much wriggle room here. Making things even more crowded and headache-inducing for awards consultants, The National Board Of Review also holds their awards ceremony in New York on January 10th 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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‘The Artist’ Best Pic, George Clooney, Viola Davis Top Actors At Critics Choice Awards

By | Thursday January 12, 2012 @ 7:51pm PST

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

The Artist won best picture and Michael Hazanavicius was named best director tonight at the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Other winners included George Clooney for best actor in The Descendants and Viola Davis who took best actress for her work in The Help. Christopher Plummer was named best supporting actor for Beginners and Octavia Spencer supporting actress for The Help. The Tree Of Life and War Horse tied for best cinematography. Hugo took the award for art direction and best editing went to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The Help also was honored with best acting ensemble. Woody Allen was awarded best original screenplay for Midnight In Paris. Thomas Horn was voted best young actor/actress for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Best animated feature went to Rango, and Bridesmaids was named best comedy. The awards are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The complete list of winners:

“The Artist”

George Clooney – “The Descendants”

Viola Davis – “The Help”

Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”

Octavia Spencer – “The Help”

Thomas Horn – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

“The Help”

Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”

“Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen

“Moneyball” – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”


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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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‘Hugo’ & ‘The Artist’ Lead Critics Choice Movie Award Nominations With 11 Each

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 3:00am PST
Pete Hammond

Two movies dealing with the earliest days of the film industry, Martin Scorcese’s Hugo from GK Films/Paramount and the black-and-white silent The Artist from The Weinstein Company, both scored a near-record 11 nominations each today in the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards. Both earned Best Picture, directing and writing nods, along with a boatload of technical nominations. The French sensation The Artist also scored two major acting mentions for lead actor Jean Dujardin and supporting actress Berenice Bejo. As for Scorsese, in addition to his producing and directing nods for Hugo, his George Harrison: Living In The Material World for HBO is up for feature documentary. And he also will receive the 2nd annual Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award.

The Critics Choice Movie Awards are January 12, airing live from the Hollywood Palladium on VH1. The diverse list of nominations released today falls in line with other critics groups in spreading the wealth, indicating no slam-dunk frontrunner in what remains a wide open race and unpredictable lineup of films. The early September release Drive had a surprisingly strong showing with 8 nominations including picture and director (Nicolas Winding Refn) and acting nods for star Ryan Gosling and supporting actor Albert Brooks. The FilmDistrict noirish thriller has been a critical favorite but was only a modest box office performer. DreamWorks’ smash August entry The Help also received 8 nominations. In addition to a Best Picture nod, half of the honors were in the acting categories including lead Viola Davis, supporting contenders Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain, and Acting Ensemble. Read More »

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