Critics Awards Scoreboard

The Awards season is in full swing. 22 critics groups have voted, and 12 Years a Slave is sitting alone at the top of the Scoreboard.

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2012 Critics Awards Scoreboard

With 29 critics groups voting, Lincoln is at the top of the scoreboard, with Zero Dark Thirty, The Master and Argo just behind. ParaNorman is the animated favorite, while is a wide field for documentaries…

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The 2011-2012 Critics Awards Scoreboard

The Tree of Life leads the Top Tens, but it’s The Artist at the top of the Critics Scoreboard. And The Descendants holds the number two spot on both charts.

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Nominations by Film

Alice in Wonderland, a Walt Disney Pictures Production (Walt Disney) (3 nominations) Art direction Costume design Visual effects Animal Kingdom, a Porchlight Films Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination) Jacki Weaver – Performance by an actress in a supporting role Another Year, a Thin Man Films Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination) Original screenplay Barney’s…

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2009-2010 Critics Scoreboard

Follow us as we shadow national and international awards among the following movies: (500) Days of Summer, A Serious Man, A Single Man, An Education, Avatar, Crazy Heart, District 9, Food Inc., Inglourious Basterds, Invictus, Julie & Julia, Me and Orson Welles, Nine, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, Seraphine, Summer Hours, The Blind Side, The Cove, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Hurt Locker, The Last Station, The Lovely Bones, The Messenger, The White Ribbon, Up, and Up in the Air

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2008-2009 Critics Scoreboard

Follow us as we shadow national and international awards among the following movies: Australia, Changeling, Che, Defiance, Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Gran Torino, Happy-Go-Lucky, Let the Right One In, Man on Wire, Milk, Rachel Getting Married, Revolutionary Road, Seven Pounds, Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, The Reader, The Road, The Soloist, The Wrestler, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, W., Wall-E, Waltz with Bashir

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2007-2008 Critics Scoreboard

Follow us as we shadow national and international awards among the following movies: 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Assassination of Jesse James, Atonement, Away From Her, Black Book, Body of War, Caution, Charlie Wilson’s War, Crazy Love, Darjeeling Limited, Eastern Promise, Gone Baby Gone, I’m Not There, In the Shadow of the Moon, Juno, King of Kong, La Vie en Rose, Lars and the Real Girl, Lust, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, No End In Sight, Persepolis, Ratatouille, Sicko, Starting Out in the Evening, Sweeney Todd, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Host, The Lives of Others, The Savages, There Will Be Blood

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2006-2007 Critics Scoreboard

Follow us as we shadow national and international awards among the following movies: A Scanner Darkly, An Inconvenient Truth, Army of Shadows, Babel, Blood Diamond, Borat, Brick, Cars, Children of Men, Deliver Us from Evil, Dreamgirls, Factotum, Flags of Our Fathers, Flushed Away, For Your Consideration, Half Nelson, Happy Feet, Hard Candy, L’Enfant, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Children, Little Miss Sunshine, Manufactured Landscapes, Monster House, Notes on a Scandal, Over the Hedge, Pan’s Labyrinth, Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles, Running with Scissors, Shut Up and Sing, Stranger Than Fiction, Thank You for Smoking, The Dead Girl, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The Departed, The Devil Wears Prada, The Last King of Scotland, The Lives of Others, The Painted Veil, The Queen, This Film is Not Yet Rated, United 93, Volver

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2005-2006 Critics Scoreboard

Follow us as we shadow national and international awards among the following movies: 2046, A History of Violence, Brokeback Mountain, Broken Flowers, Cache, Capote, Casanova, Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, Cinderella Man, Crash, Down to the Bone, Downfall, Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room, Good Night and Good Luck., Grizzly Man, Head-On, Howl’s Moving Castle, Hustle & Flow, Innocent Voices, Junebug, King Kong, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Kung Fu Hustle, Mad Hot Ballroom, March of the Penguins, Me You and Everyone We Know, Memoirs of a Geisha, Mother of Mine, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Munich, Murderball, North Country, Paradise Now, Pride and Prejudice, Rent, Sin City, Syriana, The Consistant Gardener, The Corpse Bride, The Squid and the Whale, The Upside of Anger, Transamerica, Tsotsi, Walk the Line, Wallace and Gromit

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2004-2005 Critics Scoreboard

Follow us as we shadow national and international awards among the following movies: A Very Long Engagement, Bad Education, Before Sunset, Being Julia, Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, Broadway: The Golden Age by the Legends Who Were There, Closer, Collateral, Control Room, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fahrenheit 9/11, Finding Neverland, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Kinsey, Maria Full of Grace, Million Dollar Baby, Moolaade, Ray, Sideways, Super Size Me, Tarnation, The Aviator, The Fog of War, The Incredibles, The Motorcycle Diaries, The Sea Inside, The Story of the Weeping Camel, The Triplets of Belleville, Touching the Void, Vera Drake, We Don’t Live Here Anymore

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2003-2004 Critics Scoreboard

Follow us as we shadow national and international awards among the following movies: 21 Grams, A Mighty Wind, All the Real Girls, American Splendor, Bad Santa, Bend it Like Beckham, Big Fish, Blue Car, Calendar Girls, City of God, Cold Mountain, Dirty Pretty Things, Elephant, Finding Nemo, Freaky Friday, Girl With a Pearl Earring, House of Sand and Fog, In America, Japanese Story, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Laurel Canyon, Lost in Translation, Love Actually, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Monsieur Ibrahim, Monster, Morvern Callar, Mystic River, Open Range, Pieces of April, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Raising Victor Vargas, Seabiscuit, Shattered Glass, Soldier’s Girl, Something’s Gotta Give, Spider, The Barbarian Invasions, The Cooler, The Human Stain, The Last Samurai, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Magdalene Sisters, The School of Rock, The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Singing Detective, The Station Agent, Thirteen, Under the Tuscan Sun, Veronica Guerin, Virgin, Whale Rider

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“We now have a situation where audiences very often prefer commercial trash to Bergman’s Persona or Bresson’s L’Argent. Professionals find themselves shrugging, and predicting that serious, significant works will have no success with the general public. What is the explanation? Decline of taste or impoverishment of repertoire? Neither and both. It is simply that cinema now exists, and is evolving, under new conditions. That total, enthralling impression which once overwhelmed the audiences of the 1930s was explained by the universal delight of those who were witnessing and rejoicing over the birth of a new art form, which furthermore had recently acquired sound. By the very fact of its existence this new art, which displayed a new kind of wholeness, a new kind of image, and revealed hitherto unexplored areas of reality, could not but astound its audiences and turn them into passionate enthusiasts.

Less than twenty years now separate us from the twenty-first century. In the course of its existence, through its peaks and troughs, cinema has travelled a long and tortuous path. The relationship that has grown up between artistic films and the commercial cinema is not an easy one, and the gulf between the two becomes wider every day. Nonetheless, films are being made all the time that are undoubtedly landmarks in the history of cinema. Audiences have become more discerning in their attitude to films. Cinema as such long ago ceased to amaze them as a new and original phenomenon; and at the same time it is expected to answer a far wider range of individual needs. Audiences have developed their likes and dislikes. That means that the filmmaker in turn has an audience that is constant, his own circle. Divergence of taste on the part of audiences can be extreme, and this is in no way regrettable or alarming; the fact that people have their own aesthetic criteria indicates a growth of self-awareness.

Directors are going deeper into the areas which concern them. There are faithful audiences and favorite directors, so that there is no question of thinking in terms of unqualified success with the public—that is, if one is talking about cinema not as commercial entertainment but as art. Indeed, mass popularity suggests what is known as mass culture, and not art.”
~ Andrei Tarkovsky, “Sculpting In Time”

“People seem to be watching [fewer] movies, which I think is a mistake on people’s parts, and they seem to be making more of them, which I think is okay. Some of these movies are very good. When you look at the quality of Sundance movies right now, they are a lot better than they were when I was a kid. I do think that there have been improvements artistically, but it’s tough. We’ve got a system that’s built for less movies in terms of how many curatorial standard-bearers we have in the states. It’s time for us to expand our ideas of where we find our great films in America, but that said, it’s a real hustle. I’m so happy that Factory 25 exists. If it didn’t exist, there would be so many movies that wouldn’t ever get distributed because Matt Grady is the only person who has seen the commercial potential in them. He’s preserving a very special moment in independent film history that the commercial system is not going to be preserving. He’s figuring out how to make enough money on it to save these films and get them onto people’s shelves.”
~ Homemakers‘ Colin Healey On Indie Distribution