Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Broadcast Critics Awards [Oscar Watch]

Broadcast Critics Nominations were announced today with Milk & Benjamin Button leading the way with eight nominations each. I don't often hold too much stock in what they have to say cause broadcast critics might not be as smart as any other critic, but they are kinda pretty! So they are on tv! Seriously, have you watched any of those movie reviews in the cabs? It's either a gorgeous British woman or one of two men, both of whom look like everyone's favorite uncle. Don't even get me started on Ben Lyons, a critic so adorable I don't pay attention to anything he says, which is probably for the better. (That would be considered so sexist if I was a guy and Ben Lyons was a girl. Hooray double standards!)

Anyhoo, nominations, listed below with handy dandy commentary by your hasn't-had-coffee-yet-today webmaster

Best Picture
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
The Wrestler

Yay Dark Knight! No Revolutionary Road? Yay The Wrestler! Oh hai Slumdog Millionaire, you is everywhere.

Best Actor
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Again, no Revolutionary Road and another nod for Clint Eastwood, which means I probably have to see that damn movie now.

Best Actress
Kate Beckinsale, Nothing But the Truth
Cate Blanchett, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt

Oh god, I didn't think I'd need to see Nothing But The Truth! I don't have that kind of time! Wait a second, where's Kate Winslet?!

Best Supporting Actor

Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
James Franco, Milk

Hah, nice work Mr. Downey. GO HEATH! You shut up, Josh Brolin, I'm watching you.

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Vera Farmiga, Nothing But the Truth
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader

Great, Nothing But The Truth again. Crap. Penelope Cruz is electric in that film and I would watch her in anything so YAY! Marisa Tomei committed her ass off (literally?) in that movie, so hoorayz! And Viola Davis won the Tony, so neat! Need to see the others.

Best Acting Ensemble

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Rachel Getting Married

Dark Knight? Hawt. Shit this is a tough category actually. Rachel Getting Married was impeccably acted, Doubt stars Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, so, you know, nuff said, and while I haven't seen the other two, I don't doubt the acting is amazing.

Best Director

Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk

First, I insult the Broadcast Critics, then they nominate Dark Knight for everything. Damnit. Still no Revolutionary Road anywhere.

Best Writer (Original or Adapted Screenplay)
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

Best Animated Feature
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Waltz With Bashir

Best Young Actor/Actress
Dakota Fanning, The Secret Life of Bees
David Kross, The Reader
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Brandon Walters, Australia

Best Action Movie
The Dark Knight
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man
Quantum of Solace

This is a category? But but, it's Dark Knight versus Iron Man! I have to go.

Best Comedy Movie

Burn After Reading
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Role Models
Tropic Thunder
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

This is a category and Pineapple Express isn't nominated?! BLASPHEMY. Forgetting Sarah Marshall & Role models take it over the others for me. Burn After Reading was more quirky than funny and Vicky Cristina Barcelona was more gorgeous and sensual than funny. Tropic Thunder was good, but I didn't laugh out loud as much as I did in the other two. No respect for Pineapple Express. Pshhhhh.

Best Picture Made for Television
John Adams
Coco Chanel

But this is tv...what's happening...who are these people....go Recount! Give some awards to Danny Strong!

Best Foreign Language Film
A Christmas Tale
I’ve Loved You So Long
Let the Right One In
Waltz With Bashir

Let The Right One In wooooooooot

Best Documentary Film

Man On Wire
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Standard Operating Procedure
Young At Heart

Man on Wire Wooooooooooot

Best Song
"Another Way to Die" (Jack White and Alicia Keys), Quantum of Solace
"Down to Earth" (Peter Gabriel), Wall-E
"I Thought I Lost You" (Miley Cyrus and John Travolta), Bolt
"Jaiho" (A.R. Rahman), Slumdog Millionaire
"The Wrestler" (Bruce Springsteen), The Wrestler

Gotta say, I love that Springsteen song

Best Composer

Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Clint Eastwood, Changeling
Danny Elfman, Milk
Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard, The Dark Knight
A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

Go Dark Knight!

Okay, now that you've read my highly intelligent and important commentary, what do you think of these nominations? Could Revolutionary Road actually be shut out from the Oscars? Will I have to watch Gran Torino? Is there hope that a Swedish Vampire movie is actually gonna win best foreign film at the Oscars, thus forcing Matt Reeves NOT to fuck up the remake like he so desperately wants to? Comment below.

The Critic's Choice Awards will air on VH1, January 8th, 2009 at 9pm.


david said...

dude, the broadcast critics didn't SEE rev road. duh.

LoquaciousMuse said...

really?? why wouldn't they see it? that seems odd. they should have seen it. hrm.

david said...

i mean, i wouldn't put it past the illustrious broadcast critics. but perhaps rev road is too dark for the awards crowd? despite its higher profile it could suffer the same fate as the similarly brilliant little children. oh well. tis just the oscars.

EruditeChick said...