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Well, awards show season is upon us.  Check back Sunday, maybe we’ll liveblog the Golden Globes.  In the meantime, here are some thought on the Critics’ Choice Awards, which, confusingly, comes from the BFCA.

The red carpet wasn’t terribly exciting.  Saorise Ronan’s accent always throws me for a loop.  And it was charming to hear her talk about the newbies, as if this was old hat for her.  Sarah Silverman said her favorite comedy of the year was Zombieland, so she’s awesome.  Paul McCartney sounded terribly bored by the whole process.

I want to make it perfectly clear that I heart Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies 4 life!).  But wow did it feel like her hosting gig did not go well.  Starting from the very opening, it seemed like just about every joke fell flat, leaving the room in silence.  I normally enjoy the bizarreness that is awards show writing, but just about every bit or banter between presenters was terribly unfunny.

Presenter highlights: Tobey Maguire looking like he was coming off a 36-hour bender, the pairing of Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Tracy Morgan, Chenoweth calling the lovely Kristen Bell “my brotha from another mutha”, Samuel L. Jackson’s ridiculously badass suit

I know this is Brian’s category, but I quite liked the John Hughes montage.  Thought it was put together very well.  Wish I could say the same about the Death Cab for Cutie version of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”.

My favorite collection of nominees (and one of the reasons I decided to watch) was the Best Comedy category, which was a mix of some of my favorite movies of the year ((500) Days of Summer, The Hangover, Zombieland), and the most disappointing films of the year (It’s ComplicatedThe Proposal).

I don’t have any particular comments on the winners or losers.  I’d honestly been thinking the whole Kathryn Bigelow female director story was overblown, but I might be forced to reconsider, after the collective appreciative gasp in the room when her name was announced.  And I’m pretty tired of the “Mo’Nique isn’t being gracious” stories, hopefully her classy acceptance speech puts them to bed.

Thought it was a little strange to have a tie for Best Actress.  I felt badly for the nominees because they announced Meryl Streep and let her do her speech before announcing the other winner.  The wait must have been agony.  The category provided some of the best moments of the night, though.  Along with the suspense, there was Meryl Streep talking about how she liked food and sex, Bullock (after her name was announced) pretending to stare down Streep before full-on kissing her, and then managed to somehow strike an effective tone, balancing humor and humility at being up there next to Streep.

January 2021