My jaw just hit the floor! Not only did the New York Film Critics Circle shake things up yesterday, but the National Board of Review added a new major contender to the ranks. Her from Spike Jonez just won Best Picture and Best Director. Her had had great word of mouth from their screening, but no one has been putting any serious weight behind the film. Is it time to change our tune?
Let's do an assessment! Here is a list of the Best Picture winners from 2000 to the present:
2000s (Source Wikipedia)
|2010||The Social Network||David Fincher|
|2012||Zero Dark Thirty||Kathryn Bigelow|
The only film which was not nominated for Best Picture of this line-up was Quills way back in 2000, and even in the 1990s only Gods and Monsters (1998) did not receive a nomination, so that is is two films which have not recieved a Best Picture nomination in the last 22 years. This bodes well for Her.
What about Best Director?
|2010||David Fincher||The Social Network|
|2012||Kathryn Bigelow||Zero Dark Thirty|
Here is where the support for Her becomes a bit murkier. Over the last 12 years, 7 of the 12 directors we not nominated for Oscar, and the combined Best Picture/Best Director win for Her here could place the film as a non contender.
In the other major categories Bruce Dern won Best Actor for Nebraska. Over the last 12 years only three actors have not been nominated for Oscar, two of which were in the early 2000s. Best Actress went to Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks. This is Thompson's third win at the NBR, and proves she is a serious contender for this award as only two women in the last twelve years were not nominated for Oscar.
Nebraska took home two acting trophies the second was for Best Supporting Actor Will Forte. Look out for Forte to be a much stronger contender, the only person who did not receive an Academy Award nomination in this category after winning was Leonardo DiCaprio last year. Fruitvale Station was another big winner taking home three prizes including Best Supporting Actress, Octavia Spencer. This film has gotten a lot of bumps from critics groups, and could gain even more traction come Oscar time. In the past 12 years, 8 of the 12 nominees have received Oscar nominations.
Just a couple of other notes, Inside Llewyn Davis looks strong, even though the Independent Spirit Awards did not pay as strong of an homage to the film. The Wolf of Wall Street won Adapted Screenplay, and was listed as a top ten film of the year, big news. American Hustle did not win a single prize, and was left off the top ten list. These less consistent winners may be a tell tale sign that this is going to be an extremely competitive awards season, and I am grateful.
Here are the full list of winners: (Source Awards Daily)
Best Film: HER
Best Director: Spike Jonze, HER
Best Actor: Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
Best Actress: Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS
Best Supporting Actor: Will Forte, NEBRASKA
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION
Best Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Best Adapted Screenplay: Terence Winter, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Best Animated Feature: THE WIND RISES
Breakthrough Performance: Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION
Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Best Directorial Debut: Ryan Coogler, FRUITVALE STATION
Best Foreign Language Film: THE PAST
Best Documentary: STORIES WE TELL
William K. Everson Film History Award: George Stevens, Jr.
Best Ensemble: PRISONERS
Spotlight Award: Career Collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: WADJDA
Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award: GRAVITY
(in alphabetical order)
12 YEARS A SLAVE
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
SAVING MR. BANKS
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET