here, to the Critics' Choice Movie Awards tonight, this is where everything starts to get real serious and the foot race to the Oscars begin.
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards are voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which is basically a large sampling of film critics from across the country, all coming together and picking what they thought were the best films of 2012. So those guys and gals you read in the newspapers, they're the ones who choose the winners, so with that said, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards do tend to go more for critical favorites rather than popular opinion, like the Golden Globes and the Oscars tend to do. In some ways, Critics' Choice tend to be the more popular award show amongst the arthouse crowd, and it's because the critics are typically the only ones who will honor artiness for the sake of being artsy.
If you've been keeping up with all of the critics' awards filtering out over the past two months, then you'll know that two movies are the ones to beat tonight -- Zero Dark Thirty and The Master. While both films came away fairly battered and scarred from the Oscar nominations this morning, the critics will more than likely make up for the lack of Oscar nominations for both films with some hardware. Other films to be mindful of tonight, obviously Lincoln, but I also would not count Argo out. As it is, the critics do love to share the love, so it's often hard to predict them, but I am going to do my best. For a full list of nominees, check here, and for my predictions, check below:
Best Picture - Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director - Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress - Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actor - Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Young Actor/Actress - Quvenzanhe Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Acting Ensemble - Lincoln
Best Original Screenplay - Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Best Adapted Screenplay - Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Best Cinematography - The Master
Best Art Direction - Life of Pi
Best Editing - Zero Dark Thirty
Best Costume Design - Anna Karenina
Best Makeup - Cloud Atlas
Best Visual Effects - Life of Pi
Best Animated Feature - Wreck-It Ralph
Best Action Movie - Skyfall
Best Actor in an Action Movie - Jake Gylenhall, End of Watch
Best Actress in an Action Movie - Judi Dench, Skyfall
Best Comedy - Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor in a Comedy Movie - Jack Black, Bernie
Best Actress in a Comedy Movie - Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie - Looper
Best Foreign Language Film - Amour
Best Documentary Feature - West of Memphis
Best Song - "Skyfall" from Skyfall
Best Score - Lincoln
Remember to check back in later tonight, where I'll update my final tally to see how many I got right, and how many I was astronomically wrong about. Predicting just makes it all the more fun to watch, so make your own predictions and tune in tonight on the CW.
UPDATE: Okay, 19 out of 28. Not too shabby considering how all over the place the critics were this year. The biggest surprises were obviously the huge showing for Argo, with Ben Affleck winning Best Director and the film also taking home Best Picture, with critical favorites like Zero Dark Thirty and The Master being mostly overlooked. Overall, though, it was a great show, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised more often than I thought I would, and you know what, that's the type of award's show I like watching, not one where you can predict every winner before they're announced. For a full list of winners, check 'em out here.