Here are my reactions to the Critic’s Choice winners.
BEST PICTURE – La La Land
BEST DIRECTOR – Damien Chazelle for La La Land
This year’s Best Picture Oscar has been set in stone for a while now. If La La Land somehow didn’t win these two awards, we might have had more to discuss.
BEST ACTOR – Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
This category is a two-way horse race between Casey Affleck and Denzel Washington. We’ll have to wait for the Globes and SAG to really make a judgement on who’s going to win this Oscar.
BEST ACTRESS – Natalie Portman for Jackie
The biggest surprise of the night. Emma Stone is still the frontrunner, but Portman’s win here puts her in a good position to nab her second Oscar. And then there’s Isabelle Huppert’s numerous critics wins…
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
He’s starting to become the frontrunner, and I’m oddly okay with that.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Viola Davis for Fences
Go get that Oscar, girl!
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS – Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE – Moonlight
Oh, this is gonna win ALL the Ensemble prizes.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (TIE) – La La Land & Manchester By The Sea
All this proves is that La La Land is beloved. Manchester is winning this easily, especially considering that Zootopia doesn’t seem to be in the conversation. (For some reason.)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Arrival
This probably won’t repeat at the Oscars, but it’s pretty cool to see it happening here.
BEST EDITING – La La Land
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – La La Land
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – La La Land
Gee, I wonder if the critics liked this movie.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Jackie
BEST HAIR & MAKEUP – Jackie
Well, at least they spread the wealth a tiny bit.
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – The Jungle Book
This category was over the moment Billy Lynn got panned.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – Zootopia
Let’s have a repeat of last year, where the best film of the year wins all the prizes in animation, but doesn’t get to compete with the ‘real’ movies.
BEST ACTION MOVIE – Hacksaw Ridge
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE – Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge
I need to see this movie, don’t I?
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE – Margot Robbie for Suicide Squad
The film may have gotten panned, but there’s no denying the influence of Robbie’s “Harley Quinn”.
BEST COMEDY – Deadpool
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY – Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool
Now I’m wondering how this film will do with the Globes.
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY – Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins
“Oh no,” said Meryl, “I’m running out of room to put all these awards!”
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE – Arrival
Nobody was surprised by this.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – Elle
I thought Toni Erdmann was the frontrunner… we’ll wait and see.
BEST SONG – “City of Stars” from La La Land
Weird, I thought “Audition” was the frontrunner…
BEST SCORE – La La Land
If it’s eligible, it will probably win.