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Surprises and omissions from the Critics’ Choice nominations – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Broadcast Film Critics’ Association spread its end-of-year awards love to multiple films this morning, nominating Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” for a field-leading 11 nominations each for the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” and Tate Taylor’s “The Help” each grabbed 8 nominations, while Alexanader Payne’s “The Descendants” and Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” nabbed 7 a piece.

But a thorough scan of this morning’s CCMA nominees did produce a few surprises, either in the form of omissions or inclusions that those of us tracking the annual Oscar race didn’t expect. Here are a few things that jumped out at me while scanning the list of the CCMA nominees.

– Pixar’s “Cars 2” was shut out of the Best Animated Feature category.

– Andy Serkis. Best Supporting Actor. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” That, I can get behind.

– In fact, the Best Supporting Actor category is solid, with nods for Christopher Plummer, Kenneth Branagh, Albert Brooks, Patton Oswalt and Nick Nolte. Every one is a winner.

– Glenn Close was on the outside of a competitive Best Actress field, looking in.

– Similarly, Gary Oldman was on the outside of a competitive Best Actor field, looking in. Both still could get into the Oscar race, but BFCA noms would have helped.

– “Drive” is a legitimate awards contender. Picture and Director noms really help the film’s Oscar cause. But the film also nabbed Actor, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Editing, Action Movie and Score.

– David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is a solid genre film, but it does not appear to be an awards contender. The film earned two CCMA noms for Editing and Score, but did not crack the top categories.

– Stephen Daldry’s late-entry “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” might be a contender. Even though BFCA members didn’t see the film until a day or two before ballots were due, it still earned four key nominations including Best Picture, Best Young Actor/Thomas Horn, Best Director/Stephen Daldry, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

– The “Harry Potter” Oscar train took a hit. The film earned technical nominations, but did not get into the Picture or top Acting categories.

– “The Muppets” has great songs. Three of the film’s four noms were in the Best Song category. It’s other nomination was for Best Comedy.

– Finally, Nick Nolte got into the Best Supporting Actor race for “Warrior.” In a just world, he’ll get into the Oscar race, as well.

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be given out on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Hollywood Palladium. Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer will host the show, featuring Fitz and The Tantrums as the house band, which will broadcast live for the fifth year in a row on VH1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • December 13, 2011 | Permalink |

    Was anyone else surprised that Gosling got a nomination for Drive and Michael Shannon wasn’t nominated for Take Shelter? Personally, I was happy about this, but it was still surprising

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