16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards PredictionsAugust 5, 2021
Today, the BFCA announced the nominees for the 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. In light of that, I thought I’d go through and make my choices and predictions for who I believe should/will win each award.. So without further ado, my predictions…
Best Picture: We’ll start with the big one. Right off the bat, I think Toy Story 3 and True Grit can be knocked off. Never has an animated movie won this acclaimed award, and the same can be said for remakes. No matter how good either are (Toy Story 3 was good, have yet to see True Grit though), I just don’t see either one bucking that trend. Rather, I think they just received nominations out of respect as they both are (should be) very good movies for the year. Inception and The Town are both very films for the year. However, I think on some level they’re both too blockbuster-ish to really end up walking away with this award. I’d love to see Inception get it, but that’s not going to be the case. The Best Action Movie category will be where these two films shine. Best rom com anime
127 Hours I just feel isn’t good Best Film material. This is the sort of film that garners acclaim due to its acting and direction rather than its overall package. Sure enough, too, Danny Boyle and James Franco both receive nods in their respective categories. Winter’s Bone is one of those I didn’t quite get the hype of either. Especially not in the Best Film category. Jennifer Lawrence turned in an excellent performance in her role. However, while indeed enjoyable, the movie itself didn’t come across as anything too terribly special. The Social Network could be the wildcard here. Seemingly, it has sorta faded from the spotlight. However, critics still enjoy it and could prove to push it through. I don’t think it will outshine the buzz behind the two top contenders, though.
The two films I feel will probably be fighting it out for this award will be The King’s Speech and Black Swan. Both have been receiving tremendous amounts of buzz leading into the awards season. Both are great films that would make for a nice choice as winner. I do feel The King’s Speech is more “Oscar-bait” type material, thus more suitable to the liking of critics. However, I’m going to go the other route and predict Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan taking the prize here. Though I’m sure The King’s Speech will prove me wrong (or even more so that The Social Network will come back strong to triumph here).
My Pick: Black Swan
Best Actor: This is a list of some very fine performances. As I mentioned, James Franco gets his nod here, as does my Best Film Runner-up’s Colin Firth. Along with him you have Bridges, Duvall, Eisenberg and Gosling getting nods, all of which I don’t really see walking away with the award. Eisenberg and Gosling are both young actors that will have many opportunities ahead of them, I’m sure. However, I don’t think this is their time. I believe their nominations were done more out of respect, again. Duvall, while turning in a nice performance (as he always does), just won’t be hanging with the top in this list, I don’t think. And ultimately, I feel Bridges will be overshadowed by John Wayne. Don’t get me wrong, Bridges is infinitely times more a better actor. However, John Wayne IS Rooster Cogburn. I just don’t think anybody can watch that movie without constantly comparing and thinking of John Wayne in the role (which was a great fit for him).
Ultimately, this will boil down to James Franco and Colin Firth. If I prove to be correct with Black Swan taking the Best Film prize, I’d almost say definitely look for Colin Firth to take Best Actor. Otherwise, I actually feel James Franco will be the more deserving of this award. But, I also don’t believe they’ll be letting The King’s Speech cast/crew walk out of there without one of the major awards. I’m going, though, with the one I feel should win.