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The Awards Season has been heating up in recent days with a number of critics groups announcing awards or nominations. JJ Abrams Star Trek movie has been getting some notice, including five nominations today from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Star Trek also picked up an award from the Boston Critics Association. More details below. [UPDATE: Added more critics lists links]
Five nominations from BFCA
This morning the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced nominations in over two dozen categories for their 15th annual Critic’s Choice Movie Awards. Star Trek picked up nominations in five. They are:
- Best Ensemble
- Best Makeup
- Best Visual Effects
- Best Sound
- Best Action Movie
Star Trek’s Michael Giacchino was also nominated for his Up score, but not for his Star Trek score.
Inglourious Basterds led the BFCAs with ten nominations. Other genre films include Avatar with nine nominations, District 9 with five and Up with four. The full list of nominees is available at bfca.org. The winners of the BFCA Awards will be announced in a ceremony to be broadcast live on VH1 Friday January 15 at 9:00 PM ET. Kristen Chenoweth will be hosting.
Boston & St. Louis critics honor Trek
Over the weekend the Boston Society of Film Critics announced the winners of their 2009 movie awards, and Star Trek tied (with Precious) for the win for Best Ensemble. The full is available at thebsfc.org.
UPDATE: The St. Louis Film Critics posted nominations for their awards and Star Trek was nominated for Best Visual Effects.
Star Trek’s ensemble honored by Boston Critics
No nods from other weekend announcements
As noted before, this week a number of groups are announcing nominees or winners for various awards. Here is a list of announcements over the last few days that did not include Star Trek.
- AFI Top 10 Films
- Alliance of Women Film Journalists – Winners
- Los Angeles Film Critics – Winners
- New York Online Film Critics – Winners
- New York Film Critics Circle – Winners
UPDATE: 2 more Monday no-Trek
Coming up next
Up later this week there are three more milestones in the Awards Season
- 12/15 – Golden Globe Nominations
- 12/17 – SAG Nominations
- 12/21 – Chicago Film Critics Awards
Oscar Watch – Expansion will lead to ‘more of the same’
Over the summer with the Best Picture category was expanded to 10 films, there was some buzz from the Entertainment Press that Star Trek and other big box office films could end up on the list. This idea was bolstered by Star Trek ending up on the top 10 National Board of Review list earlier this month. However, a new article in the LA Times ‘Envelope’ awards blog seems to pour water on the notion of popular films in the gold race. The LA times reports that despite the expansion "the process appears rooted in familiar terrain." And according to insiders "many of the lead contenders look the same as they have in recent years: dark, character-driven films that have garnered niche audiences." industry consultant Tony Angellotti summed it up saying:
There are people in the academy who saw [the expansion] as a chance to bring other kinds of movies into the fold. Instead it’s been an opportunity to recognize more of the same.