Nominees for the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, selected by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), were announced yesterday with the understanding that they wouldn’t be posted until today at 7 am. 13 nominations for Mad Max: Fury Road, nine nominations each for The Revenant, Carol and The Martian, eight for Spotlight, seven for The Big Short, six for The Hateful Eight, etc. The org blew off Beasts of No Nation — not cool. But otherwise they pretty much stuck to the same preferences that critics elsewhere have agreed upon.
BEST PICTURE: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Sicario, Spotlight. HE comment: They’re spreading the peanut butter around. Spotlight takes it.
BEST DIRECTOR: Todd Haynes, Carol; Alejandro González Inarritu, The Revenant; Tom McCarthy, Spotlight; George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road; Ridley Scott, The Martian; Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies. HE comment: Spielberg?
BEST ACTOR: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo; Matt Damon, The Martian; Johnny Depp, Black Mass; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant; Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs; Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl. HE comment: Redmayne? Leo wins.
BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett, Carol; Brie Larson, Room; Jennifer Lawrence, Joy; Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years; Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn; Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road. HE comment: I’m thinking it might be Ronan.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Paul Dano, Love & Mercy; Tom Hardy, The Revenant; Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight; Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies; Michael Shannon, 99 Homes; Sylvester Stallone, Creed. HE comment: Dano, for God’s sake.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight; Rooney Mara, Carol; Rachel McAdams, Spotlight; Helen Mirren, Trumbo; Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl; Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs. HE comment: Jane Fonda’s Youth performance is a far more deserving contender than Helen Mirren’s Trumbo turn as Hedda Hopper and WAY more compelling than Jennifer Jason Leigh’s in The Hateful Eight, no offense.