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Dallas Film Critics Picks For The Year's Best

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Best Picture: No Country For Old Men
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Best Actress: Julie Christie, Away From Her
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilsonís War
Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men
Best Foreign Language Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Documentary: King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Best Animated Film: Ratatouille
Best Cinematography: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Russell Smith Award: Once


no real surprises here.
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I'm on pins and needles every year until I hear from the Dallas Film Critics.
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Actually, Philip Seymour Hoffman came in 2nd place.

The true winner is Javier Bardem for NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

And don't forget, Diablo Cody won Best Screenplay for JUNO.
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I guess the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor categories are already locks in terms of the Oscars. Though Cotillard still presents a threat to Julie Christie, but I feel the winners will be Lewis, Christie, and Bardem with Amy Ryan hopefully taking the Supporting Actress award.
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I have this feeling (obviously based on nothing) that Cotiliard
is going to win the Oscar.
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I do too, but I think lately the buzz is leaning more towards Christie. I, personally, am rooting for Ellen Page or Helena Bonham Carter, though I know the award is either Christie's or Cotillard's.
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I saw AWAY FROM HER months and months ago, and when I think of Christie's performance it still gives me chills.

But what an incredibly strong category Best Actress is this year. So many worthy performances.
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"I guess the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor categories are already locks in terms of the Oscars."

You obviously haven't looked at the track record of the critics over the past 15 years.

EXAMPLE:

The last time the NY and LA film critics picked a Best Picture Oscar winner together was 1993. Yep, that's 14 years ago. They haven't been right collectively since. NY got it right only one other time, in 2004, with Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. And the LA Film critics haven't picked one right in the past 14 years.

Critics have uniformly gotten behind many films previously--Brokeback Mountain, Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, L.A. Confidential, Pulp Fiction, etc. All were critics darlings, winning many awards and "sweeps."

And none of them went on to win the Best Picture Oscar. Not one.
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Updated On: 12/17/07 at 07:46 PM
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I wasn't talking about the Best Picture award though. Last year Whitaker, Mirren, and Hudson won most critic awards (if I recall correctly, or perhaps the buzz was more than the fact). Subsequently, they won the Globes and the SAGS, which led to one of the most boring, predictable Oscar race last year (thank God for the Supporting Actor battle between Arkin and Murphy).
That's why I'm saying Lewis, Christie, and Bardem seem to be posing themselves as the Whitaker, Mirren, and Hudson of last year.
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I had a lot of problems with KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS. As entertaining as it was, it played VEEEEEERY loose with the facts and it is edited in such a way to intentionally make one of the lead characters look like an asshole. That is not ethical filmmaking, in me own eyes.
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at this point it's all about jockeying to get an Oscar nom. Once that happens an entirely new set of rules take hold.
Sentimental value, body of work, past wins, past losses, etc.
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More examples -- NY Film Critics Best Actor vs. Oscar winner:

* 1997: Peter Fonda

for his role as "Ulysses 'Ulee' Jackson" in Ulee's Gold

OSCAR: Jack Nicholson - As Good As It Gets

* 1998: Nick Nolte

for his role as "Wade Whitehouse" in Affliction

OSCAR: Roberto Beninini - Life Is Beautiful

* 1999: Richard Farnsworth

for his role as "Alvin Straight" in The Straight Story

OSCAR: Kevin Spacey - American Beauty

* 2000: Tom Hanks

for his role as "Chuck Noland" in Cast Away

OSCAR: Russell Crowe - Gladiator

* 2001: Tom Wilkinson

for his role as "Matt Fowler" in In the Bedroom

OSCAR: Denzel Washington - Training Day

* 2002: Daniel Day-Lewis

for his role as "Bill Cutting" in Gangs of New York

OSCAR: Adrian Brody - The Pianist

* 2003: Bill Murray

for his role as "Bob Harris" in Lost in Translation

OSCAR: Sean Penn - Mystic River

* 2004: Paul Giamatti

for his role as "Miles" in Sideways

OSCAR: Jamie Foxx - Ray

* 2005: Heath Ledger

for his role as "Ennis Del Mar" in Brokeback Mountain

OSCAR: Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

* 2006: Forest Whitaker

OSCAR: Wow---It was the same!

for his role as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland

* 2007: Daniel Day-Lewis

OSCAR: ???

for his role as "Daniel Plainview" in There Will Be Blood


That's one win in ten years that paralleled the Oscars.

I love the critics awards, because it gives us a chance to agree or disagree... and to discuss and predict.

But using them as any indication of an Oscar pick is kinda silly, just based on the facts. They don't match very often at all.
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Can't we just agree that this was one of the best years for movies of this decade?
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not by a long shot Cruel.
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Can't we just agree that this was one of the best years for movies of this decade?

As sad as that is, it's kinda true.
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It is true.

I don't think the race is all sewn up, though.

Amy Ryan and Julie Christie may have won nearly every precursor (the Globes and SAGS will help clear things up) but I don't believe that Amy Ryan, as good as her performance is, will win the Oscar. It's not a great year as far as women are concerned, but I still don't see the Academy rewarding a virtual newcomer for a film as slight as GONE BABY GONE.

Julie Christie is well respected in the community, and though she already has an Oscar - it was quite some time ago that she won. But is a film that small and a performance so nuanced really Oscar material? I don't feel that it is.

Marion Cotillard has been Christie's biggest threat this far, and despite the fact that she's essentially a newcomer to America, I think she might have enough people on her side to push her over the line. It's the kind of "In Your Face" performance that Oscar loves. The only other possible competition comes in the form of Keira Knightley. No, her performance isn't as exceptional as Christie's or Cotillard's, but she's a bright young actress (already with a nomination under her belt), and it wouldn't be unlike Oscar to award a less-worthy but more stunning (and younger) talent.

I do feel, though, that Javier Bardem's Supporting Actor Oscar is all sewn up. He will win, whether he should or not.

Best Director(s) will almost positively go to the Coen Brothers, and deservingly so. Their only threat is PT Anderson and Burton.
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