Critics’ Choice 2010: Inception 6, Alice 2

Critics’ Choice 2010: Inception 6, Alice 2

While that headline may look like a sports score 🙂 , it’s actually the number of Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics’ Choice Awards each of those movies got.

As often should be the case, technical awards went to geeky movies.  As shouldn’t always be the case, acting awards tended to go to mainstream movies (with one notable, but arguable exception).

It’s interesting the 127 Hours only won for song, and I don’t quite understand why Black Swan isn’t being even nominated for special effects.  I suppose it is because they are so well integrated into the story.

Inception‘s six awards were for: Best Action Movie; Best Sound; Best Visual Effects; Best Editing; Best Cinematography; and Best Art Direction.

Alice in Wonderland won for Best Costume and Best Makeup.  Colleen Atwood (Costume Design) has won two Oscars and works regularly with director Tim Burton. 

Natalie Portman won Best Actress for The Black Swan.   That movie has a bit of a tricky path.  I don’t want to say much about it for those who haven’t seen it.  Let’s say I solidly count it in the geeky movie count*. 

Toy Story 3 won Best Animated Feature (sort of like cranking a Jack-in-the-Box and having a clown pop out…not much of a surprise).

The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo won Best Foreign Language Film. 

Oddly, I don’t count The Social Network…it may be about geeks, but it really doesn’t seem geeky. 

Here are the rest of the winners:

The Social Network: Best Picture; Best Director (David Fincher); Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin); Best Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)

The King’s Speech: Best Actor (Colin Firth); Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler)

The Fighter: Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale); Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo); Best Acting Ensemble

True Grit: Best Young Actor/Actress (Hailee Steinfeld)

Easy A: Best Comedy

The Pacific: Best Picture Made for Television

Waiting for Superman: Best Documentary Feature

127 Hours: Best Song (“If I Rise”)

Matt Damon also received the Joel Siegel Award.

For a complete list of winners and nominees, see the

Official Site

* SPOILER ALERT: If the Black Swan had been made in 1974, directed by Brian de Palma, starring Jessica Harper, Carol Kane, Bette Davis, and Michael Sarrazin (with the same script), there’d be no question.  😉

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.


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