November 29, 2015 at 8:02 pm #199604
I may have asked about this some time before, but I think it’s worth revisiting with critics’ awards coming up soon. What group do you like the most.
Personally, I love the National Society of Film Critics. That’s not because I love all of their winners, but because they’re the only group that doesn’t seem to have any fucks to give about what’s happening during the rest of the awards season. Sure, “Yi Yi” is our Best Picture. “Waltz with Bashir.” “Melancholia.” Freakin’ “Goodbye to Language” last year.
I also like Los Angeles because they’re also sometimes willing to go with more obscure foreign-language contenders, especially in acting categories. Yun Jeong-hie’s Best Actress win for “Poetry” in 2010 was one of my favorite award wins ever.November 29, 2015 at 8:17 pm #199606
NSFC sometimes gets it very right when everyone else gets it very wrong. Loved when “Inside Llewyn Davis” swept the other year. And I give them and NY a lot of credit for recognizing Timothy Spall and helping to usher Marion in.
I often find the Online Film Critics Society to have some pretty inspired choices, even if their nominees are usually more interesting than their winners. Last year stuff like Ida, LEGO, Mommy, Selma, Two Days One Night and Under the Skin was nominated for Best Picture, and The Grand Budapest Hotel was their winner.November 29, 2015 at 9:29 pm #199607
For me personally, i regard the National Society of Film Critics as the most revered and respected group out of them all. They don’t abide by consensus, they don’t try and start nothing. They choose their best. And their best are very good, almost every year.November 29, 2015 at 9:31 pm #199608
My personal favorite BY FAR is the Utah Film Critics Association Awards. Best Picture, Director AND Screenplay of 2002? Spirited Away. Best Actress of 2007? Ellen Page for Juno. Best Picture of 2008? The freaking DARK KNIGHT! Best Picture of 2011? Drive. They gave Best Picture and Director of 2009 to Up in the Air over that Hurt Locker garbage. The UFCA are my favorite critics awards group if not only because of how unbelievably diverse their tastes are. Not to say ALL their decisions I agree with….. any group that gives the IMO obnoxiously pretentious and to quote Stephanie Zacharek “dumb” A Most Violent Year, the bland and forgettble Zero Dark Thirty or The Perks of Being A Wallflower (one of my personal Top 10 LEAST favorite movies of ALL TIME “scream”) any “Best of” Awards needs to be taken w/ just a grain of salt if you know what I mean LOL. But still their diverse taste is what keeps me interested. 😉November 30, 2015 at 5:54 am #199609
I look at all of them. I tend to support the ‘critics’ groups with the lowest profiles and those which, dont give a s h i t about Oscars, notoriety, revenues, and fan bases.
Let’s see…which ones are those….
I also like the groups which reward certain genres generally ignored by compartmentalized minds…..November 30, 2015 at 6:22 am #199610
National Board of Review.
They take the on-paper Oscar hitters, and the also-rans who don’t previal come Oscar night, and give them some love.
Emma Thompson, Tom Holland, Adele Exarchopoulos, Her, Zero Dark Thirty. All worthy films and performers who won big here.
Hats off to them from me.November 30, 2015 at 6:28 am #199611
LAFCA. They always love to go adventurous: Gravity and Her tying for Best Picture, Tom Hardy for Best Actor for Locke, the first Star Wars for Best Picture, Adele Exarchopoulos for Best Actress, etc.November 30, 2015 at 7:49 am #199612
Honestly, I think they’re all annoying. I would have to pull a win here and a win there from each of the cities to combine them to make the perfect critics group. None of them are consistent. None of them seem to have a unique identity.November 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm #199613
National Society are the most interesting for me, whether I agree with them or not. Their only mild disadvantage is that sometimes the overlap of voters from the New York Critics Circle is clearly evident. I don’t even mind that much about how only members who attend the whole voting period get to vote in the later rounds, as it results in less predictable winners imo.November 30, 2015 at 1:58 pm #199614
I don’t know if I have a “favourite”, but I lot of them are pretty decently decent.November 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm #199615
Honestly, I think they’re all annoying. I would have to pull a win here and a win there from each of the cities to combine them to make the perfect critics group. None of them are consistent. None of them seem to have a unique identity.
Chlotrudis has never truly bugged me. Not yet.