Andreas here. Want to see end-of-year craziness in action? Look at today: first, the Boston Society of Film Critics announces their awards, then before they've finished, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Online start tag-teaming it! It all starts to blend together sometimes -- Emmanuel Plummer won for something called Drivemaids? -- but no worries, we've got it straightened out:
First, the LAFCA winners...
Commentary and NYFCO awards after the jump.
As awards season gets rolling, the LAFCA gives us a breath of fresh air -- or, if you will, a dose of sanity. They're clearly not trying to predict the Oscars, as those bold Actor/Actress selections prove. And some other surprises: Patton Oswalt! Hanna! The British doc The Arbor! (Have you seen that? If not, it's on Netflix Instant and very worth your time.)
Now for the NYFCO's choices...
PICTURE The Artist
Amongst a bunch of expected picks (The Artist, The Descendants, Streep), the shocker here is Best Actor. No Pitt, Clooney, or Dujardin in sight; instead, it's a trio of critically adored performances in small movies that'll need all the help they can get. So kudos to the NYFCO for giving those guys and the gals from Bridesmaids a boost!
Between these critics' awards and the BSFC earlier today, a few early favorites are emerging: The Descendants vs. The Artist, Brooks vs. Plummer, and A Separation representing the rest of the world. How many of these trends will keep going into Oscar season? This early, to quote William Goldman, "nobody knows anything." Which of these critics' picks are you most delighted by?