Awards Season: Film Critics and Golden Globes

Well, here we are again: with the Critics Choice winners, Golden Globe nominations and most other film critics picks announced, Awards Season 2016-17 is in full swing! All this excitement leads to the February 26th presentation of the 89th Academy Awards, hosted by the great Jimmy Kimmel!

The Critics

Within the first two weeks of December, in addition to the Critics Choice Awards (BFCA), the following film critics organizations made their selections for the best of 2016*:

New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC)

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA)

Atlanta Film Critics Society

San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC)

San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS)

Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA)

Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC)

Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA)

New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO)

Nominations, but not wins, were also announced by:

St. Louis Film Critics Association (SLFCA)

Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA)

Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS)

*My thanks to Awards Daily for making the compilation of this list possible

The overarching theme proved to be strong love for La La LandMoonlight and Manchester by the Sea. I have yet to see the last of these, but I can attest to the brilliance of the first two with all certainty! I was personally most pleased by the selections of the Chicago Film Critics Association, which were a bit more “out of the box” than most (i.e. acting nods for Colin Farrell in The Lobster and Alden Ehrenreich in Hail, Caesar!)

The Golden Globes

This morning’s nominations announcement for the 74th Golden Globe Awards carried its fair share of surprises, mostly positive.

The Good

Hacksaw Ridge appears to now be poised as a serious Academy Awards contender, with nominations for Best Actor – Drama (Andrew Garfield), Best Director – Motion Picture (Mel Gibson) and Best Motion Picture – Drama. Gibson’s nomination marks his first since 2001, when he was nominated for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy for What Women Want.

It’s also delightful to see La La Land and Moonlight leading the pack with seven and six nominations, respectively. And, thankfully, my favorite actress Jessica Chastain has received her first award nomination for Miss Sloane, the polarizing legal drama from John Madden. She will be competing against her dear friend Isabelle Huppert, who continues to gain traction for her portrayal of a vengeful rape victim in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle.

The Surprising

Wow, where to begin? I suppose the best place is with my favorite surprise: Deadpool gets some love! With nominations for both Best Actor – Musical or Comedy (Ryan Reynolds) and Best Picture – Musical or Comedy, this hugely entertaining film is now a milestone, as the first ever superhero movie to get a Best Picture Golden Globe nomination. I am loving Deadpool’s official reaction!

As for some other shocks:

Rules Don’t Apply

Lily Collins is nominated for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy, but Warren Beatty (as Howard Hughes) is not nominated in the corresponding Best Actor category. Furthermore, Jonah Hill is nominated in Beatty’s place (the other three contenders were pretty much expected).

Florence Foster Jenkins

In addition to the two leads, Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg was also nominated (as Best Supporting Actor). He is now the only cast member of The Big Bang Theory to receive a Golden Globe nomination for acting in a film.

Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford had received several critics awards nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, but his Golden Globe nods for Screenplay – Motion Picture and Director – Motion Picture are unexpected validations of his status as an Oscar contender. Furthermore, the critical darling for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Shannon) was shut out in favor of his costar, Aaron Taylor-Johnson…a mistake in my opinion. Taylor-Johnson is good, but Shannon is better.

“I really need to see this!”

As previously stated, I have yet to see Manchester by the Sea, but have had every intention of doing so for months; likewise for ElleLion and Fences.

Now, however, I know I must see Florence Foster Jenkins – Mr. Helberg’s nomination is a curve ball that I have to witness firsthand. I’ll probably get around to also seeing 20th Century Women and The Edge of Seventeen, but will likely wait for the home video/Netflix releases.

Who’s Next?

Wednesday the 14th will see nominations announced for the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards – be ready!

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