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NYFFCC (The Extra F Is For FIRST!!!)

Best Picture The Artist
Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Best Screenplay Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Foreign Language Film A Separation
Best Actor Brad Pitt, Moneyball & The Tree of Life
Best Actress Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive
Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help, and Take Shelter
Best First Feature Margin Call
Best Non-Fiction Film Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Well… that’s kinda funny.

After all the whining, this group – with the exception of one award – really could have given out these awards on October 1… as Maryl Streep is the only winner whose film was not either in theaters of at Toronto before that date.

The question, I suppose, is whether the group’s collective sphincter tightened around the mess of the early vote.

I’m happy for Albert Brooks. His 2011 awards cherry is now popped. But really, I think we can safely say that the only surprise on the entire list is how on the nose it is… down to picking the highest grossing doc of the year not made for children.

So… not only premature awardators… but boring ones. Maybe Lumenick can be president next year.

11 Responses to “NYFFCC (The Extra F Is For FIRST!!!)”

  1. Keil Shults says:

    Any word on the quality of Dragon Tattoo yet?

  2. Keil Shults says:

    Also, because I’m an ass…

    It should probably read NYFFCC, not NYFFFC.

  3. movieman says:

    All that Sturm Und Drang over “Dragon Tattoo” and “Loud/Close” ultimately signified nothing.
    The only real surprise in the bunch is Streep in a film that nobody seems to like very much. The Harvey love spilleth over.
    Not bad choices overall, but “The Artist” does seem pretty….safe.

  4. Sam says:

    They never did get to see Loud/Close, right? So I don’t know that it necessarily signifies nothing. If for some reason it really catches on with other awards groups, NYFCC will look stupid for having missed it. Otherwise, yeah, I’d say they got away with the early move, which sucks.

    Of course what REALLY sucks is any kind of expectation that the NYFCC generally pick things that the other awards groups do too. Critics groups should be able to pick what they want and “get away with it,” because they’re supposed to have greater insight than just being reflective of the awards season at large. But when you move this early, you make an issue out of what films had a chance. The attention stops being on what films you want to bestow prestige upon and becomes instead about what films ever had a fair shot at that prestige in the first place. Therefore, if a film did NOT get a fair shot and yet catches on with other awards groups, the assumption is that the NYFCC screwed up, rather than judged the film fairly and legitimately found others more deserving.

    In other words, if NYFCC had awarded the exact same set of films in January instead of November, they could be seen as a lot more credible than they can now. Even if Loud/Close fizzles. But especially if it doesn’t.

  5. Ivan says:

    It looks like NYFFCC became the new National Board of Review. Maybe it’s a curse of being the first in the season to give awards! :-)

  6. cadavra says:

    B&W, silent, foreign film winning Picture and Director: Millions.

    Pissing off Jeff Wells no end: Priceless.

  7. Sarina says:

    “he only real surprise in the bunch is Streep in a film that nobody seems to like very much.”

    Isn’t the point of the Best Actress award meant for the best performance, instead of the best film? Yes, the critics are not in love with the film, but Meryl Streep is being given early raves.
    I suspect The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was snubbed, because the critics thought it would come off badly to award the film, after they postponed the ceremony for it.
    I don’t get how Brad Pitt wins for Best Actor in The Tree of Life, but Jessica Chastain is downgraded as supporting. She’s just as much of a lead as he is on the film.

  8. movieman says:

    Streep just seems like such a lazy, unimaginative choice. (Yes, we know she can do the accent, snooze.) It would have been a lot more inspired to pick somebody with a lot less baggage…and from a better film. For example, Kirsten Dunst who gives the female performance of the year in “Melancholia” (a movie the NY critics seemed to like a whole lot more than “Iron Lady”).
    My guess is that Pitt’s award was primarily for “Moneyball” (which was certainly a “lead” performance). “Life” got added to the citation because he was terrific in that as well. I love Chastain, but all of her perfs in 2011 were in supporting roles, so that placement makes perfect sense to me.

  9. Proman says:

    “After all the whining, this group – with the exception of one award – really could have given out these awards on October 1″

    That’s a completely wrong take away from the situation.
    My biggest issue is the fact that seemingly award people for a combination of work as opposed to any individual achievement. I’d say pick the performance you think is the best among everything and list that and if you think that doesn’t work just award it to someone else.

    I guess it’s their award so they are perfectly within their right to do what they want (that is unless they try to pressure the filmmakers to meet their deadlines).
    All I am saying is that I reserve the right to take the way they give out awards into account when I consider how much merit they have.

  10. Proman says:

    Oh and Mark Harri’s piece on how Best Actress is the lesser award because it correaltes with the Best Picture nomination less often than Best Actor is pure nonsense.

    If anything, it proves the opposite because it implies that the people aren’t as automatically inclined to vote for the perfromance as part of the Best Picture package. It stands on its own and, consequently means more and not less.

  11. yancyskancy says:

    The salient point in Harris’s piece (which he takes forever to get to) is that the studios rarely make films built around a female lead; therefore, Best Actress nods are less likely to come from studio titles. You can hardly vote for female lead performances from the “Best Picture package” if such performances don’t exist.

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