The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are going bat shit over how Into the Wild received seven nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), but when they nominate 10 films for best picture, six fellas for best actor, director and writer it becomes obvious how one film could squeeze out a few more nominations. I really don’t think Emile Hirsch is going to get an Oscar nom for best actor and I think the Keener nom for best supporting actress is going to be a 50/50 move even though I think it is a good call. I do think it is odd though how Into the Wild can get nommed for best actor, supporting actor and supporting actress and then not be considered one of the best acting ensembles. I really think it just goes to show that not a lot of logic goes into critical awards, and if you take TIME’s Richard Corliss to heart it is just critics fighting over which hardly seen movie they want to call the best of the year.
Lucky for me I am fascinated by what other people like and dislike and I do believe that several of these films are the best of the year. It does confuse me though how films like The Bourne Ultimatum, Once, Knocked Up and Hairspray get ignored come critical award time. Of those four films just mentioned the lowest RottenTomatoes score is 90% for Knocked Up, yet Once is the only one to get a nom and it was for best song. Does that make any sense?
If you are thinking that the numbers are skewed because RT takes into account plenty of other critics that “don’t matter” let’s just take a look at the “Cream of the Crop” scores for those four movies:
Yeah, Once is sitting at 100%, so why was it ignored? It certainly is obscure enough that only critics know about it. It only made $9,433,149 at the box-office so it fits that mold. Is it because it was made by three people that no one has ever really heard of? Perhaps, but that would mean The Diving Bell and the Butterfly would also be ignored for the most part yet it managed to score three noms including Picture.
It has also become apparent that it you are a crass comedy you are going to get ignored no matter how much people liked your movie. Judd Apatow needs to just be happy that everyone likes his movies and they make hundreds of millions of dollars because it doesn’t appear any gold hardware is coming his way any time soon.
However, as Corliss says, “[Critics] give prizes to whom they damn well please. No problem with that; it’s their gig, and obviously they should pick their favorites.”
That said, here is the list of the BFCA nominations:
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Animated Feature
Best Young Actor
Michael Cera – Juno
Michael Cera – Superbad
Best Young Actress
Best Comedy Movie
Best Family Film
Best Picture Made for Television
Best Foreign Language Film