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Some brief thoughts on the 16th Critics’ Choice Awards:

  • Arnold kicked off the show.  Coulda sworn I’d heard some of the jokes before, but hey, I’m always going to be a sucker for his shtick.
  • I find awards shows without hosts to be disconcerting.  I mean, there’s no actual reason to have a host, I suppose, and these tend to be more tightly run, but it still just seems weird.
  • The year in movies montage seemed to draw exclusively from films nominated for an award.  Which, granted, was a little more inclusive, since they have categories for action and comedy films, but still.  Just because you think a film isn’t worth nominating doesn’t mean it didn’t exist!
  • First award was Best Acting Ensemble, which was presented over Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own”.  The best single of the year!
  • Emma Stone (still blond!) and Jesse Eisenberg came out to present something or other.  Best Young Star, I think?  Anyway, Zombieland!
  • Maroon 5 was the house band, which meant they got to play seven second snippets of their hits in and out of commercial breaks.  Which, I dunno, doesn’t really work for me.  What’s the point?  Adam Levine looked miserable the whole time.  Did make me think they’d be a pretty fantastic bar mitzvah band.
  • I found the direction a bit distracting early on, with lots of swooping and movement, made it seem like it was a video game or something.
  • The Jackass folk did bits on the best picture nominees.  I’m not a huge fan of their stuff to begin with, and I thought these were pretty lame.
  • Whoever came up with the idea of having Kim and Khloe Kardashian presenting best documentary is either a genius or an idiot, I can’t quite tell.
  • Easy A took home best comedy over a crop of movies the best of which was maybe the 10th best comedy of the year.  Yay for the category, boo for the nominees.  Will Gluck’s acceptance speech was pretty bizarre including, I’m pretty sure, an incest joke about Emma Stone and her brother.
  • Perhaps one reason the show held to two hours was because they didn’t present a bunch of awards.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo won best foreign film.  Apparently there were zero other foreign films this year.
  • I’m a big fan of the concept of a Film+Music award, the first of which was presented to Quentin Tarantino tonight.  Obviously it works because the show airs on VH1.  But I think it is also a pretty neat idea, soundtracks aren’t recognized as much as they should be.  I don’t think the montage did a great job capturing Tarantino’s fusion of the two, but whatever.  Adam Levine sang a version of Stuck in the Middle with You and Keri Hilson did Son of a Preacher Man.  Wasn’t a huge fan of either, but hey, the more love for the recently departed Gerry Rafferty the better.
  • Jimmel Kimmel and Emily Blunt presented Matt Damon with a humanitarian award.  Kimmel and Damon continued their fake tiff, which I found pretty amusing.
  • Colin Firth’s speech was long and rambling and I think brilliant.
  • All of the technical awards went to Alice in Wonderland and Inception, as voiceover guy kindly pointed out.  Who care about them anyway, amiright?
  • Kevin Spacey worked in Jon Lovitz and Bill Clinton impersonations.  I think he needs to host an awards show.
  • Natalie Portman won and said something maybe I don’t know because SHE IS DEAD TO ME.

All in all, a tight show that kept moving, but was mostly devoid of highs and lows.  I’m not sure there were any super big upsets, seems like the nominees and winners are likely to match up fairly well with Oscar.

 

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