AwardsWatch: Critic’s Choice Preview + Zoe At Golden Globes + Latest Oscar Buzz + more

Award season is heating up. This article gives you a preview of tonight’s Critic’s Choice Awards where Star Trek is up for five awards. We also have photos of Chris Pine and JJ Abrams appearing at award shows this week, and news of where Zoe Saldana is showing up. Plus we have the latest Oscar buzz and what some potential Star Trek effects nominees are saying about Star Trek. All that plus video of Kristin Chenoweth’s audition for Spock.

 

Critic’s Choice Preview
Tonight is the first big award show of the seasons, the Critic’s Choice Awards, which is the award show from the National Broadcast Critics Association. The show airs live on VH1 tonight (January 15th) at 9 PM, 6 PM Pacific. Star Trek has been nominated in five categories. Here they are:

BEST ACTION MOVIE

• Avatar
• District 9
• The Hurt Locker
• Inglourious Basterds
• Star Trek

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

• Inglourious Basterds
• Nine
• Precious
• Star Trek
• Up In The Air

BEST SOUND

• Avatar
• District 9
• The Hurt Locker
• Nine
• Star Trek

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

• Avatar
• District 9
• The Lovely Bones
• Star Trek
• 2012

BEST MAKEUP

• Avatar
• District 9
• Nine
• The Road
• Star Trek

Star Trek’s Michael Giacchino was also nominated for his Up score, but not for his Star Trek score.

The AwardsDaily site handicaps the Critic’s Choice awards and actually doesn’t pick Star Trek to win in any of it’s categories, with Avatar beating it for Action Movie, Sound and Visual Effects, Basterds beating it for Ensemble and District 9 winning for Makeup. We will find out tonight. 

The show is hosted by Kristin Chenoweth. VH1 has posted some promotional videos including "Kristin’s Lost Screen Tests", including this one for Star Trek.

JJ at NBR + Zoe to present at Golden Globes + Pine at Ovation
The annual Golden Globe Awards are being held this Sunday. Star Trek is actually not up for any awards, but Star Trek’s (and Avatar’s) Zoe Saldana will be there to represent. Zoe Saldana was announced as one of the presenters. Last year’s Golden Globes also had a Star Trek moment, with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto appearing together for the first time. This year’s Golden Globes airs on NBC, Sunday January 17th at 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific.

Speaking of appearances, on Monday JJ Abrams attended at the National Board of Review Awards in New York. Star Trek was named a Top 10 Film of 2009, by the NBR. Here is a photo of JJ Abrams speaking on stage.


JJ Abrams speaking at NBR Awards (Getty)

Star Trek’s Chris Pine also appeared at an award show this week. Pine (who appeared in last year’s play "Farragut North") presented at the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards on Monday. Here is a photo from that event.


Chris Pine presenting at LA Ovation Awards (WireImage)

Potential Star Trek Visual and Sound Effects Nominees talk about their work
Variety has been running a series of profiles for various films in contention for Oscars, including some comments from the potential nominees.

Star Trek’s visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett tells Variety

(We were) adding a new level of elegance in using colors and the lens flares and the cinematography of it. Just creating memorable imagery. That’s something I was very excited about.

‘Trek’ is an enormous design exercise. It’s something you can easily underestimate. I’m extremely proud of the way the movie looks. There’s a level of art there I think is sometimes neglected in our field.

Star Trek’s supervising sound editor Mark Stoeckinger tells Variety:

This film is laced with iconic sounds that are derivative of the original TV series. We never included the exact same sound, but we were given inspiration from (the series) or got ideas from it.

[Ben Burtt] was tasked with getting us a little more iconic in our sound and be even more exacting,. We had modernized some sounds that sounded great, but we wanted to make sure they made sense for the people that knew the series.

 

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