Through three critics awards, I think it is safe to say that both Hugo and The Artist, which are about the history of film are going to play well with the critical masses. However, because both have such similar subjects, I do wonder if they will eventually cancel each other out, or whether a similar split to this one will occur. The acting wins were standard, and confirm four top contenders we already knew. Although the Octavia Spencer win is good for her. Critics weren't as big on The Help as fans were, and I think the Academy will be, so her still managing to overcome that and win a critical award, shows the power of her performance this year. Now all that needs to happen is Viola to win a few, and they are set to be the frontrunners for their respective prizes. Speaking of Best Actress, three different winners so far. And Viola, Rooney, Charlize, and Elizabeth could all win critics prizes along the way, making this an even tougher race to predict than we thought. And if Glenn Close wants to stay in the conversation, she needs to get something soon, especially the Globe and/or SAG nod. Finally, I would like to point out that 50/50 has now won two screenplay awards. Everyone kind of assumes that the top Original Screenplay contenders are Midnight in Paris, The Artist, and maybe something like Young Adult. But watch our for 50/50. It is a comedy that has a lot of emotion, and could be a dark horse. Obviously, all of these comments need to be prefaced with the fact taht this is only the third critical award, and over the next two weeks, with the plethora of nominations and wins coming, it all could change in a heartbeat.
Best Film - The Artist
Best Director -Martin Scorsese "Hugo"
Best Actor - George Clooney "The Descendants"
Best Actress - Michelle Williams "My Week With Marilyn"
Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks "Drive"
Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer "The Help"
Best Acting Ensemble - Bridesmaids
Best Adapted Screenplay - Alexander Payne, Nate Faxon, And Jim Rash "The Descendants"
Best Original Screenplay - Will Reiser "50/50"
Best Animated Feature - Rango
Best Documentary - Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Best Foreign Language Film -The Skin I Live In
Best Art Direction - Hugo
Best Cinematography - The Tree of Life
Best Score - The Artist