Critics Choice Awards

7:02 pm: Best Picture: The Artist. Wells comment: Easily one of the slightest, least substantial and least interesting Best Picture favorites in the history of the motion picture industry. People who voted for this film are emotional-default chumps and should really be ashamed of themselves. The Artist is a nice, likable, light-hearted film — neat concept, nothing wrong with it. But I spit on those who are calling it the best of the best.” (Lumenick: “The cameraman got Harvey Weinstein on the first try this time! Bravo!.”) Indiewire’s list of all the CCMA winners.

6:53 pm: Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants. Wells comment: I would have preferred to see Moneyball‘s Brad Pitt take it, but Clooney is open and wounded and hurting and quite good in Alexander Payne‘s drama. (Lumenick: “This house band is from hunger.”)

6:43 pm: Best Actress: Viola Davis, The Help. Wells comment: Davis doesn’t play a lead in The Help but whatever…a great actress, deserves her moment…fine with it. (Lumenick: “Sure hope this happens at an actual awards ceremony.”)

6:31 pm: Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist. Wells comment: Disagree, undeserved, overpraised, thumbs down.

6:23 pm Update: Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris; Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Zaillian, Moneyball. (Lumenick: “Editing of presentation makes no sense, like anything else at CCMA show.”) Wells comment: Good fellows, great scripts.

Earlier: I’ve been working on a couple of things and not paying attention to the currently-underway Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium. The tally as of 6 pm: Acting Ensemble award: The Help; Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help; Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners; Best Comedy Award: Bridesmaids; Best Animated Film: Rango; Best Foreign Film: A Separation; Best Young Actor or Actress: Thomas Horn, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

N.Y. Post critic Lou Lumenick is hilariously cranky on Twitter: “This is the worst awards show I have ever seen — set, cameras, lights, sound — it’s just horrible!! Scorsese is probably wishing he could fix the sound mix…the interiors in Barry Lyndon look brighter than this…Does Dylan have a no-close-up clause? Or are they just forgetting to do them?…Scorsese seems to be struggling to hear his own award presentation. Sound is incredibly lousy. Not easy to make some of the most attractive people in the world look they came straight out of a casket. Oh, and by the way Marty, you also won the documentary award. Now get the hell off the stage. ”

  • MarkVH

    JR, right on. I mean, really. Give it a week, and it’ll be “One of the least substantial and least interesting Best Picture favorites that raped little boys, caused the AIDS epidemic and was responsible for the nuclear annihilation of a third-world country in the history of mankind, since the invention of cave paintings. ”

    It’s like a 5-year-old who, when he doesn’t get his way, just squeals louder. And we’ve still got the guilds, Globes, Oscar nominations, then, mercifully, the awards. Can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

  • LexG

    How the HELL did that obnoxious fruity kid from EXTREMELY LOUD win ANYTHING?

  • Jeffrey Wells

    Wells to MarkVH; What exactly is infantile about saying that The Artist is “easily one of the slightest, least substantial and least interesting Best Picture favorites in the history of the motion picture industry”? I’m stating an obvious fact. What…do you think it’s a film of real subtsance? “People who voted for this film are emotional-default chumps and should really be ashamed of themselves.” What are you saying, MarkVH — that they’ve done themselves proud? That’s they’ve chosen well and wisely? “The Artist is a nice, likable, light-hearted film — neat concept, nothing wrong with it.” I presume you’re okay with that one. “But I spit on those who are calling it the best of the best.” How should I put it, MarkVH? I feel nothing but contempt for those who’ve voted for it? That I have no respect for their aesthetic selection process?

  • dogcatcher

    It kind of disgusts me how hard George Clooney usually campaigns for these things. Let the work speak for itself, George, you don’t need to have your cock constantly sucked by Hollywood and the critics. I was shocked when he recently said that he doesn’t care about awards. I find this argument disingenuous at best and an outright lie at its worse.

    Is there any other Hollywood male actor who campaigns as hard as Clooney does for these things?

    Let me predict it right now, Clooney will also win Best Actor and/or Best Director at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

  • bill weber

    The Artist is not nice or likable.

  • Raising_Kaned

    Have to laugh at Lumenick — or any critic, really (because you just know that’s the ONLY audience here) — for complaining about the sound, editing, camerawork, or house band (really?) at the CCAs. You guys are the 1%.

    Nobody is supposed to be watching this shit. The “production budget” is probably 15 bucks, and you’re lucky to even get a decent view of the stage/podium in focus because the guy working the camera is a 21 year-old intern who’s probably only getting “paid” with free drinks at the bar, and he fully intends on making it a liquid $200 gig.

  • opinion

    You know what? I hope The Artist wins, specially if it is perceived as pap. Now you’ll know how the rest of the world feels about Hollywood in general, ‘serious’ movies included. I can’t stomach these discussions drooling about fanboy favorite FIncher, etc. Please. I could fill a room with the names of great, brilliant, renowned film directors worldwide who have never even seen an Oscar up close and are largely unknown to most of this bunch of ‘gurus’ clowns.

  • zumpano

    Apparently Dogcatcher is a Monique fan.

  • LicentiousMaximus

    ‘Is there any other Hollywood male actor who campaigns as hard as Clooney does for these things? ‘

    He’s campaigning for everybody who worked on the film and the film itself. That’s what happens when you give a shit about the work you do.

  • opinion

    It cuts both ways. He cares for the work and cares for his own ego, though I would give him this: Like Jolie, another much maligned ‘movie star’, they go out of their celebrity comfort zone to try move policy agenda where it matters (hint: Not New Hampshire or South Carolina) So, the accolades or the box office power is necessary for them to do so, it’s a good trade-off.

  • moviemaniac2002

    Definitely one of the worst awards shows I’ve ever suffered through…made the Globes look like. a Nobel Prize ceremony….unfunny idiot hosts, a rotten, wailing rock band…I bailed after they gave ‘Best Young Actor’ to that chirping little pipsqueak from “Incredibly whatever”…(and they didn’t even include Chloe Moretz in this category? Say what?) And I’m starting to believe that Hell is a place where you’re forever forced to watch Ensemble groups migrate to the podium to accept awards…..

  • Dipnut

    The Artist would never be nominated for best picture in 1930, so why it is a front runner now I will never understand.

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