The 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were announced and not many surprises happened. Until the end. 2009 was a wide-open year for movies and performances. So it was anyone’s game as far as the critics were concerned. The critics solicited are members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Here’s how this group of critics saw it in 2009. These awards were covered during the telecast on VH1. (Click on any title for review).
Best Acting Ensemble: Inglourious Basterds
The critics actually did very well with this choice. One would have to say that the biggest competition would come from Nine, but everyone in Basterds just nailed their roles. Plus singing usually can’t bring one over-the-top against Tarantino violence. The Star Trek cast was a solid group of young actors, but just couldn’t compete with the seasoned cast of the Basterds.
Tobey Maguire comes out, looking a little rough (probably due to the Spider-Man debacle), to present the next award.
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique
She swept just about every critic association’s vote and definitely deserves this. The only one who came close to stealing this from Mo’Nique was probably Vera Farmiga for her work in Up in the Air. In reality, it probably wasn’t that close though. Her role in Precious was easily the most powerful performance in 2009.
Best Action Movie: Avatar
Not entirely sure my fellow critics got it right here. Sure the last action-sequence was incredible to watch, but the rest of the movie wasn’t really action-packed. Star Trek and The Hurt Locker would have been better choices. District 9 was too dialogue heavy to have any shot. Avatar won based on all the hype. Plus, it was the most recent flick to come out in that grouping.
Best Animated Feature: Up
As far as pure animation goes, Up is obviously the front-runner. However, it wasn’t a perfect animated movie. Maybe this is a bit bias, but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs had solid animation but separated itself from Up in the directing department. This award was no secret though, Up had this from the moment the nominations came out.
Best Young Actor/Actress: Saoirse Ronan
Can’t really argue either way in this category. Personally, it was between her and Max Records. Max had a bigger role and was constantly on-screen in Where the Wild Things Are. Saoirse had shorter scenes and could take a break due to the way the script was executed in The Lovely Bones. She has a nice career ahead of her.
Another humorless presenting skit leads to the next award. All the lines written for the presenters were just awful and painful to watch.
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
He should sweep every award show in this category. Being able to go from a polite man to a raging psycho-path was entrancing to watch in Inglourious Basterds. Matt Damon deserves an honorable mention as does Christian McKay for his role in Me and Orson Welles. Right choice was made again though.
Sarah Silverman presented with Adam Lambert and tried to living up this “dead” audience. Not happening.
Best Comedy: The Hangover
The biggest comedy ever, won the critics hearts to edge out Zombieland. There’s no point in analyzing this category. All the nominees were great choices, but no one has ever seen a response to a comedy movie like The Hangover was able to achieve.
Best Song: The Weary Kind (Crazy Heart)
The whole category wasn’t all that impressive to begin with. Cinema Italiano from Nine should have won out of the group nominated. Personally, The Young Victoria had a great song that should have been nominated. It roles toward the end of movie and during the credits in case anyone watches it.
Best Documentary: The Cove
Again, this swept all the critic association’s vote in this category. Although not promoted to the masses, the critics were all privileged to see this. Everyone should see this. It’s powerful and entertaining.
It’s official, Kristen Chenoweth is a lost cause as a host. She may have been on cocaine.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air)
Shocker (insert sarcasm). Precious was looking to pull the upset, but Up in the Air is just an award juggernaut this year.
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
It was a great screenplay, but this wasn’t solely Quentin’s original idea. The movie that should have won this is (500) Days of Summer. This flick is being treated like a red-headed stepchild.
Best Directing: Kathryn Bigelow
Finally, a surprise! Bigelow directed The Hurt Locker and beat out the likes of James Cameron and Tarantino. Whether this choice is in the right one, doesn’t really matter. It’s just nice to see the critics choose something different. For once.
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges
Some may consider this an upset, due to his movie Crazy Heart not being a highly publicized flick. Jeff Bridges is a great actor and beating out the likes of George Clooney and Morgan Freeman, shows the critics couldn’t really make a bad choice. He did carry this movie though.
Best Actress: Meryl Streep & Sandra Bullock
They just couldn’t ignore Meryl Streep for once. In our critics circle, we have a tie-breaking vote. Where was this here? Hey, Meryl is great and is arguably the best of our time. But not in 2009. Now to the actress that should have won this outright. Sandra Bullock…2009 was your year. She deserves to win at the upcoming Globes and Oscars as well. Her work in The Blind Side proved that she is talented after all. Critics were even surprised but they chose correctly.
Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Having ten contenders may seem like a bit much. That being said, every year the critic associations compile their top ten for that respective year. So it’s nice that they didn’t trim it down like the other award shows do. Another surprise and it involves The Hurt Locker once again. This group of critics just missed the boat on this. This past summer, this was being lauded by tons of critics and audiences wanted this to show up in their city. So it’s not really all that surprising. Honestly, if this wins at the next two award shows, this will be a huge upset.
That wraps the telecast. They ran-off a list of other award winners and Avatar pretty much cleaned up on those. Check out site on VH1 for the results. Interesting, was how many of the award winners didn’t really thank the critics. Kind of cool and pathetic all at once. Also, all the nominees were from movies that released in the second-half of 2009, save for Star Trek.
Check out what the Florida Film Critcs Circle had to say about the 2009 awards.