a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

Well, as you can see, there’s plenty o’nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics Assoc. The BFCA, which came out two days ago. VERY early for them. They are trying something new here. Trying to get a jump on everyone else and colliding with them instead. Trying to be more “relevant” to the Oscars, more predictive. But I think this pile o’ nods is just adding to the mess. For one thing they have MANY,MANY more categories and slots within those categories.  It’s seems like they’ve excluded NO ONE. As the DoDo in “Alice in Wonderland” (The Book, Not the cartoon movie or any of the other Alice movies) “Everyone has won! And all shall have prizes!”

The only thing that seems missing is Martin Scorsese’s just now screening pic “Silence.” Maybe all of the 250 members didn’t get to see it in time. “Hacksaw Ridge” is kind of a surprise. So is Andrew Garfield’s inclusion as Best Actor for that movie. Since he’s also playing the lead in “Silence.” We can assume, since they only can nominated him for one film, that they all got to see “Hacksaw Ridge” and were impressed by the amount of suffering this poor young actor has had to endure in less than a year. And with Mel Gibson as the director, roo! (Of “Hacksaw Ridge”) And Gibson was nominated for Best Director, too! Sheesh! They’ll nominate ANY ONE this year!hacksaw-ridge-1Then we have SIX count’em, SIX Best Actresses, and one of them is going to have her heart broken when Oscar Nomination morn comes around. It’s not until AFTER the holidays, in January but still…

And then we have the anomaly of BOTH Jeff Bridges AND Ben Foster getting nominated for Best Supporting Actor, clearly canceling each other out for the excellent “Hell of High Water.”hell-or-high-water-7hell-or-high-water-1

Therefore,leaving the field clear for Mahershala Ali of “Moonlight” to sweep it and become the first Black Muslim to ever win an Oscar.

They liked “Moonlight” A LOT, nominating it wherever they could and that includes the wonderful Naomie Harris as Best Supporting Actress, as I’ve been saying ever since I wrote about the film at the NYFF.

Of course, the irony is not lost on me that in this historic Black Gay Breakthrough film both nominees here are playing straight characters.

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Then we have the wonderful Greta Gerwig, FINALLY breaking through into the daylight, for playing a character with Purple Hair in “20th Century Women.”

greta-gerwig-anette-beningAnd Annette Bening got nominated, too, (See above left) for the same movie but in the Best Actress category.

If you ask me, it’s all too much of a much-ness, everything piling on in the space of a few days.

The Complete list is at http://www.awardsdaily.com

BEST PICTURE Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Lion
Loving
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Sully
BEST ACTOR Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Tom Hanks – Sully
Denzel Washington – Fences
BEST ACTRESS Amy Adams – Arrival
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Viola Davis – Fences
Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Janelle Monáe – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Alex R. Hibbert – Moonlight
Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
Madina Nalwanga – Queen of Katwe
Sunny Pawar – Lion
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE 20th Century Women
Fences
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
BEST DIRECTOR Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Denzel Washington – Fencescritics-choice-logocritics-choice-logo

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