Broadcast Critics Choice Awards Winners

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The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards took place on Thursday night in Santa Monica and aired on the CW. The show itself was kind of a mess. Host Aisha Tyler dredged her way through an awkward monologue. If any of her jokes were funny, they were difficult to hear over the poor audio quality and the chatter of Hollywood stars who clearly had no interest in what was happening on stage. The audio problems continued during  Sandra Bullocks acceptance speech for Best Actress in an Action Movie. A voiceover begins to play and bullock reacts with a bleeped “what the fuck?”

The Critics Awards only slightly predict what could happen at the Oscars. They do give you an idea of who and what is trending. David Poland, editor-in-chief of Movie City News explained it well on Twitter:
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No real surprises and if anything these wins confirm what we already know.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Young Actor/Actress: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color
Best Acting Ensemble: American Hustle
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Best Art Direction: Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator), The Great Gatsby
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity
Best Costume Design: Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Best Hair & Makeup: American Hustle
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Action Movie: Lone Survivor
Best Actor in an Action Movie: Mark Wahlberg, Lone Survivor
Best Actress in an Action Movie: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Best Comedy: American Hustle
Best Actor in a Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress in a Comedy: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Gravity
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Song: “Let It Go” Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen
Best Score: Steven Price, Gravity

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GRAVITY FEATURETTE

Warner Brothers does not want GRAVITY to get lost in the shuffle of all the end of year releases. GRAVITY came out all the way back on October. Even though they have nothing to worry about, they released a behind the scenes featurette to show Oscar voters just how hard they worked.

 

GRAVITY IS AN EXPERIENCE

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GRAVITY opens with a stunning 17 minute continuous shot as astronauts Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) float in and out of frame doing work outside of a space shuttle.  Director Alfonso CuarónI creates shots in space that you might see in an 3D IMAX documentary, but this is not a documentary.  Sandra Bullock has the task of acting alone most of the film.  We have seen one man survivor stories before, but now we see it in cinemas best achievement in years.  GRAVITY is being compared to AVATAR for its technical achievement, but AVATAR was a fictional world that James Cameron created. GRAVITY is the real deal. It doesn’t dumb down space travel with over explanations, we can figure it out.

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If it wasn’t for bad luck Ryan Stone wouldn’t have any luck at all. Like any survivor film she goes from perilous situation to the next, but none of it is contrived. Space survival seems real, as do the decisions the characters make. Every situation gives Bullock a different fear to deal with.  Not just if she is going to die, but how she is going to die.  Bullock pulls it off brilliantly and is sure to get a Best Actress nomination.

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Richard Roeper writes:

Cuaron’s nimble shot selections, the cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki, the score by Steven Price and the beautiful special effects provide an atmosphere that goes from dreamlike calm to shocking action time and again. You can’t help but be reminded of classics such as “Alien” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” (with the advantage of cutting-edge visual effects).

GRAVITY is a masterpiece that people will see over and over. It will stand the test of time and may even change how films are made.  It should certainly be seen on the largest screen you can find. There are still a lot of films to come out before Oscar night, but whatever happens GRAVITY will be my favorite film of the year.

MY GRADE: A+

 

GRAVITY MANIA

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Get ready for GRAVITY mania. The moratorium for reviews has expired and there is a not a bad review to be found.

JOCELYN NOVECK of the AP calls it “90 minutes of terrifying beauty”

Awards Daily points out that it is the best reviewed movie of the year so far with a 95 on Metacritic.

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Rotten Tomatoes currently has a score of 97%

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When predicting Best Picture, your best bet is to pick the movie that you can sit anyone is front of and they will like it. 12 YEARS A SLAVE may be to divisive for the Academy to choose as their favorite of the year.

GRAVITY opens wide this Friday, but some theaters are showing it Thursday night at 10PM. It is highly recommended that you see it in IMAX 3D as it was meant to be seen.

GRAVITY OPENS VENICE

GRAVITY is an upcoming science fiction film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts trying to survive a damaged space station.  Opening in Venice on August 28th puts Gravity in line for an Oscar run. Bullock and Clooney as astronauts looks odd to me, but the movie looks great.

Clooney also directed MONUMENTS MEN which comes out  in December.  The Academy loves their George Clooney.