Critics’ Choice Movie Awards airing tonight on VH1 – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell The 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be held tonight, Thursday, Jan. 12, on VH1 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and the frontrunner to take home the top prize is … well, your guess is as good as mine.

I’m a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. I know which movie I voted for (“Moneyball,” I don’t mind telling you). But I couldn’t tell you which movie was the clear-cut favorite to win Best Picture. It could be “The Artist.” It might be “Hugo.” “The Descendants” is possible, as is Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” or Tate Taylor’s “The Help.” But this year’s awards race has refused to define a frontrunner, the way last year’s marathon had anointed “The King’s Speech” early and then waited to see if anything could muster enough support to knock it off of its perch.

Nothing did.

The BFCA proudly claims that the CCMAs accurately predict the Oscar race, though last year we went with David Fincher’s “The Social Network.”

Maybe this year we’ll help solidify an Oscar campaign – particularly if our group happens to go with Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” which is the closest thing we have to a frontrunner at this stage.

Or maybe we’ll turn the race on its ear by going with a film that’s perched on the edge of the Oscar race, still hoping to get in. Like “Moneyball,” which I supported.

Tune in tonight and see which films and talents emerge victorious. We’ll have complete coverage on the site, so check back often.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
Harvey Weinstein
– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, 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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