We are now fully into Oscar precursor season, with the Critics’ Choice Awards dropping this morning and with NYFCC currently voting. Earlier in the week, the National Board of Review made their noise as well, making this the first true week of meaningful results. With the diverse net being cast, what are your favorite nominations from the Critics’ Choice Awards? Here are some we’re looking at, but let us know yours in the comments below!
“Arrival” across the board
What a morning for “Arrival” with the Critics’ Choice Awards. They not only got another nomination for Amy Adams, but showed up in a lot of other categories. Jóhann Jóhannsson’s marvelous score picked up a nod, as did Denis Villeneuve in director. Bradford Young’s gorgeous cinematography was a no-brainer. The film showed up everywhere it should have, but that makes it even more impressive. If “Arrival” is going to be this year’s “Gravity” or “Mad Max,” it will have to continue this trend. While “Arrival” will lose the Best Sci-Fi Horror nod with Oscar, it could easily gain two sound nominations. An 11 nomination day is not so crazy anymore.
Denzel for Best Director and Best Actor – “Fences”
While NBR chose to ignore “Fences” earlier this week, the Critics certainly did not. Nominations for Denzel Washington as a director and actor are a strong indicator of the quality on display. The Best Picture certainly helps as well. With Viola Davis showing up in Supporting Actress, it looks like the category fraud issue is likely put to bed as well. Less than a month away from its theatrical release, I’d be surprised if “Fences” doesn’t start to turn up the heat on “La La Land.” Denzel is the one who benefits the most from the support, especially with Casey Affleck hot out of the gate for Best Actor. With “Fences” establishing itself as a critical favorite, can Denzel make the most of his opportunity?
Best Director and Double Supporting Actor Love for “Hell or High Water”
What a day for “Hell or High Water.” Not only did it pick up Jeff Bridges in supporting actor, but Ben Foster also showed up. Considering how different, yet intertwined their characters are, is this something we should come to expect moving forward? The Ensemble nod also shows it not just the two runaway performances, but a very solid crop of actors from top to bottom. Taylor Sheridan’s script found room in the conversation again as well, making it a true blooded contender moving forward. The real surprise was David Mackenzie’s nomination in director. A big part of what makes the film click, Mackenzie’s direction felt as if it was taken for granted. Not so much anymore. It looks like support for the “meat and potatoes” voters is quickly finding space behind here instead of “Sully.”
What do you think? Who were your favorite Critics’ Choice Awards nominations? Who were the biggest snubs? Let us know in the comments below!
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