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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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What do you make of the criticism directed at the film that the biopic genre or format is intrinsically bourgeois? That’s the most crazy criticism. That’s an excuse for not engaging with the content of the movie. Film critics sometimes, you know, can be very lazy.

Come on, formal criticism is valuable too. But I’m amazed when this is the thing they put in front of the discourse. My situation is that I’m dealing with a highly explosive subject, a taboo subject that nobody wants to deal with.

Karl Marx? Yes, this is the first film ever in the Western world about Marx. And I managed to make an almost mainstream film out of it. You want me at the same time to play the artist and do a risky film about the way my camera moves and the way I edit? No, it’s complicated enough! The artistic challenge — and it took me ten years with Pascal to write this story — was the writing. That was the most difficult part. We were making a film about the evolution of an idea, which is impossible. To be able to have political discourse in a scene, and you can follow it, and it’s not simplified, and it’s historically true. This is the accomplishment. So when someone criticizes the formal aspects without seeing that first, for me, it’s laziness or ignorance. There’s an incapacity to deal with what’s on the table. I make political films about today, I’m not making a biopic to make a biopic. I don’t believe in being an artist just to be an artist. And by the way, this film cost $9 million. I dare anyone in the United States to make this film for $9 million.
Raoul Peck on The Young Karl Marx

“The Motion Picture Academy, at considerable expense and with great efficiency, runs all the nominated pictures at its own theater, showing each picture twice, once in the afternoon, once in the evening. A nominated picture is one in connection with which any kind of work is nominated for an award, not necessarily acting, directing, or writing; it may be a purely technical matter such as set-dressing or sound work. This running of pictures has the object of permitting the voters to look at films which they may happen to have missed or to have partly forgotten. It is an attempt to make them realize that pictures released early in the year, and since overlaid with several thicknesses of battered celluloid, are still in the running and that consideration of only those released a short time before the end of the year is not quite just.

“The effort is largely a waste. The people with votes don’t go to these showings. They send their relatives, friends, or servants. They have had enough of looking at pictures, and the voices of destiny are by no means inaudible in the Hollywood air. They have a brassy tone, but they are more than distinct.”All this is good democracy of a sort. We elect Congressmen and Presidents in much the same way, so why not actors, cameramen, writers, and all rest of the people who have to do with the making of pictures? If we permit noise, ballyhoo, and theater to influence us in the selection of the people who are to run the country, why should we object to the same methods in the selection of meritorious achievements in the film business? If we can huckster a President into the White House, why cannot we huckster the agonized Miss Joan Crawford or the hard and beautiful Miss Olivia de Havilland into possession of one of those golden statuettes which express the motion picture industry’s frantic desire to kiss itself on the back of its neck? The only answer I can think of is that the motion picture is an art. I say this with a very small voice. It is an inconsiderable statement and has a hard time not sounding a little ludicrous. Nevertheless it is a fact, not in the least diminished by the further facts that its ethos is so far pretty low and that its techniques are dominated by some pretty awful people.

“If you think most motion pictures are bad, which they are (including the foreign), find out from some initiate how they are made, and you will be astonished that any of them could be good. Making a fine motion picture is like painting “The Laughing Cavalier” in Macy’s basement, with a floorwalker to mix your colors for you. Of course most motion pictures are bad. Why wouldn’t they be?”
~ Raymond Chandler, “Oscar Night In Hollywood,” 1948