Monday, January 09, 2006

This Is How Much I Care

I didn't even know that the BFCA was on tonight. Nor am I upset I missed it. Though I suppose it might've been fun to look at whichever stars showed up. The winners (via Oscarwatch) were...

Best Film - Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features)
Best Director - Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Best Actress - Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
Best Actor - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Best Writer - Crash
Supporting Actress -(tie) Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain and Amy Adams, Junebug
Best Supporting Actor - Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Best Ensemble - Crash
Best Family Film - The Chronicles Of Narnia
Best Documentary - March of the Penguins
Best Young Actor - Freddie Highmore, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Best Young Actress - Dakota Fanning
Best Foreign Film - Kung Fu Hustle
Best Animated Feature - Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Best Movie for TV - Into the West
Best Score - John Williams, Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Song - Hustle & Flow
Best Comedy - The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Since the BFCAs sole purpose in existing is to be "predictive" you're basically looking at your Oscar frontrunners. Nothing really stands out other than that there's no win for George Clooney in any way and it's more difficult to imagine him going Oscarless on the big night given how many nominations he'll probably get. The only other thing of note is the tie in Best Supporting Actress. I still say Amy Adams will be snubbed and miss an Oscar nod but people are still pushing for her that's for damn sure. She is cute as a button in Junebug so, good luck Amy.


Anonymous said...

You know, I really think you're onto something with the BFCA/Oscar theory. Several times during the telecast presenters mentioned how well BFCA's stats match with Oscar's.

I'm happy that Brokeback took home 3 awards, but if we're in for yet another year of the same actors winning at every show I think I'm gonna scream.



They've even admitted as much, the BFCAs as that's what they're trying to do --'figure out the "right answer" and the right answer in Hollywood is the Oscar winners.' --I'm paraphrasing a BFCA representative from a Hollywood Reporter article.

they're disgusting.

adam k. said...

HA! "This is how much I care" was a brilliant title for this post. I actually didn't know they were on either, which is shocking to me, since I go on oscarwatch like every day. I was out seeing Walk the Line (which I REALLY enjoyed) and going to the gym. And I'm sure my time was much better spent that way.

I do wonder though: are the BFCAs trying to predict the oscars or trying to influence the oscars, since those are two very different things. I have slightly more tolerance for them if they're into influencing, since then it's about power instead of submission and as you said "choosing the right answer", though it should really be about individual taste. They really do seem to care only about predicting though, which really does make them a bunch of pussies.

adam k. said...

Also, how were the speeches, and did Eric McCormack host again this year? Ew. And how many times are Dakota Fanning and Freddie Highmore going to win the kid categories? Seriously.

And I think the tie in supporting actress tie demonstrates how conentious this category will be, especially with the globe going to ScarJo and the SAG maybe going to someone else entirely (Weisz) though I think Williams will probably triump in the end, since best picture tends to decide these things (*ahem* Dench and Binoche)

Glenn Dunks said...

Freddie Highmore? ew... i hate him. It's sorta scary that I joked a while back about Dakota and Freddie spawning when the time comes and producing the most super-evil kiddie star the world has ever seen.

However, the other awards all seem pretty standard. Blah.

Anonymous said...

Well, you certainly didn't miss anything. I half-watched the "awards" as I packed suitcases and loaded my Cavalier. Only interesting speech was Reese Witherspoon, who hopped onstage and gushed: "I LOVE critics, well, at least toward the end of the year." Then: "It's awful nice to see you out here, you know, in public. Very brave."

adam k. said...

Wow, the Reese speech sounds like it might've been kind of mean. Did she mean that critics are ugly? Or maybe that they're afraid to show their faces to actors/filmmakers they've trashed? But it's OK, with this crowd, I applaud her for the back-handed comments and snarkiness.

I would've liked to see Adams' and Willaims' speeches since I doubt either of them was expecting to win.

Joe R. said...

Reese's speech was weird, because it was supposed to be funny, with the oft-used crack about film critics being pasty-white shut-ins who never see the sun and all. But these were the ... broadcast film critics? The ones who get ... broadcast on TV and such? So it was kind of a bomb.

And then it sounded like someone heckled her? It was weird. But, ever the pro, Reese rebounded and did a decent lil' job.

adam k. said...

Hey, the sun is bad for pasty white people. It kills us AND our skin.

But anyway, luckily for Reese, no one watches these awards. She'll have plenty more chances to make a good impression. Thank Mangold, Phoenix, Ryan, the kids, June & Johnny, etc.

Anonymous said...

the award show was not fun to watch... just proving most actors need scripts to look like they are on this planet. Dennis Miller, as host, was horrible. The wins were ok, although I was pulling for Jake G.... happy for Amy Adams ( I felt I would rather have seen her tie with Maria Bello ).

Anonymous said...

While there is no excuse for the Dakota Fanning Award over Q'Orianka Kilcher (although she did give, by far the best performance in War of the Worlds, and one of the better supporting performances this year), maybe Freddie Highmore won because of a Squid and the Whale split. I know I would have had trouble choosing between Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline (I probably would have gone with Owen Kline) so the few enlightened critics at the BFCA probably weakened their vote.

Glenn Dunks said...

I think Reese meant what she said in the way that these guys criticise a good amount of the work these people make, just as much as they applaud it.

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