Our forum posters are debating the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations, which were announced on Thursday, December 1, and they have plenty of cheers and jeers for the Broadcast Film Critics Association that hands them out.
They’re “loving the love” for “Hell or High Water,” the modern-day western that was a critical smash hit when it was released in August. It exceeded expectations across the board, scoring bids for Best Picture, Best Director (David Mackenzie), Best Original Screenplay (Taylor Sheridan), Best Acting Ensemble and two for Best Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster).
But film critics giveth, and film critics taketh away: specifically, they withheld key nominations from “Jackie.” That docudrama about the aftermath of the John F. Kennedy assassination earned an expected Best Actress bid for Natalie Portman, plus several notices below the line, but it was snubbed for Best Picture, Best Director (Pablo Larrain) and Best Original Screenplay (Noah Oppenheim). That’s even more significant because Critics’ Choice nominated 10 films in the Best Picture race and seven filmmakers for Best Director, yet there was still no room for the acclaimed drama in those fields.
What else did our forum posters notice? Read some of their comments below, and make sure to join their debate in our forums.
Brennan Merone: The big news for me was “Jackie.” No Picture, Director, or Screenplay noms.
Courtney Smith: Interesting no “Jackie.” I have yet to see it, but my boss went to a screening last night and said it was incredible.
Andrew Carden: Ben Foster! Michael Shannon!! Sally Field!!! The most notable thing for sure here is the lack of love for “Jackie.”
WildforFilm: Loving the love for “Hell or High Water.” I’m expecting this to better at the Oscars than most are giving it credit for. Glad to see “Edge of Seventee” getting the recognition it deserves. Hoping Hailee Steinfeld wins one of her awards for a great, complex performance.
jacob121: These are pretty … let’s say interesting. It looks like the mass exodus and re-branding of these awards has really had an impact. All that said, it’s nice to see “Don’t Think Twice” show up somewhere. I think a really wonderful small movie like that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Although how “Central Intelligence” was nominated for Best Comedy when, seemingly, something like “Captain Fantastic” was eligible …
Bee: Literally their Oscar predictions. Every single nominee is a PUNDIT PREDICTION. Uninspired lazy asses.