The Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations have begun. Their top ten list is out. You can see it here. It's similar to other lists we've been seeing which is totally fine. Several of these are good films. In a mediocre year top ten lists are going to be more similar than usual. But the inclusion of Blood Diamond raises the eyebrow. Why? Because they just saw it?
And although I'm no fan of Flags of Our Fathers, its omission is another sign of the BFCAs strange inability to take themselves seriously enough to warrant us taking them seriously. As a collective they're always willing to throw integrity out the window if the Oscar tide turns against something they loved. Flags was among their six highest rated movie of the year with a 92 point score. It also beat both Babel and The Departed to be named their winning film for the month of October. Now, it's not on their list? What's more it's omitted in favor of a film like Blood Diamond which scored only an 82, a full 10 point drop. Huh? This group rated all of the following: Borat, Volver, Cars, Superman Returns, Casino Royale, The Last King of Scotland, and World Trade Center above Blood Diamond.
more bitching about their nominations here
Next big event: The Golden Globe nominations on Thursday.