2010 Critics Choice Awards Predictions

The Broadcast Film Critics Association reveals their winners tonight in the first major awards ceremony of the season. Personally I’m looking forward to the Critics Choice Awards a lot more than I am the Golden Globes. The Critics’ Choice Awards tends less about starpower and more about honoring the best films of the year. Shocking concept, I know.

Anyway, here are my predictions for this year’s Critics Choice Awards. Please share yours in the comments.

BEST PICTURE
Avatar
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Invictus
Nine
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up In The Air

WINNER: The Hurt Locker

If the innumerable amount of precursors have told us anything this awards season, it’s that critics love The Hurt Locker. A win here would not necessarily cement its position as the Oscar frontrunner, but it would definitely continue its forward movement.

DARK HORSE: Avatar

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up In The Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Viggo Mortensen – The Road
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

WINNER: Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

There really isn’t a clear frontrunner in this category as of yet and its about time that changed. A big win for Bridges would give some direction to the Oscar race.

DARK HORSE: Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

BEST ACTRESS
Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

WINNER: Carey Mulligan – An Education

It’s a toss-up between Meryl and Carey for this one, but I’m going to go with the latter because as you can see from the nominations in this category, the BFCA loves newcomers. There is a chance that Meryl and Carey could split votes making way for Gabourey Sidibe to sneak in and surprise everyone.

DARK HORSE: Gabourey Sidibe – Precious

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Christian McKay – Me And Orson Welles
Alfred Molina – An Education
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

WINNER: Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

I wouldn’t be surprised if Christoph Waltz doesn’t win the Oscar. He’s been at the front of the race for too long and it just doesn’t seem like a sure thing anymore. However, most of these BFCA ballots were cast weeks ago when Waltz was still on top.

DARK HORSE: Woody Harrelson – The Messenger

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air
Mo’Nique – Precious
Julianne Moore – A Single Man
Samantha Morton – The Messenger

WINNER: Mo’Nique – Precious

Many critics have expressed their displeasure over the fact that Mo’Nique refuses to do press for her film. However, that hasn’t stopped them from bestowing her with accolades left and right.

DARK HORSE: Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Jae Head – The Blind Side
Bailee Madison – Brothers
Max Records – Where The Wild Things Are
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Road

WINNER: Max Records – Where the Wild Things Are

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Inglourious Basterds
Nine
Precious
Star Trek
Up In The Air

WINNER: Inglourious Basterds

BEST DIRECTING
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Lee Daniels – Precious
Clint Eastwood – Invictus
Jason Reitman – Up In The Air
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

WINNER: Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Mark Boal – “The Hurt Locker”
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – “A Serious Man”
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber – “(500) Days Of Summer”
Bob Peterson, Peter Docter – “Up”
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”

WINNER: Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach – “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell – “District 9″
Geoffrey Fletcher – “Precious”
Tom Ford, David Scearce – “A Single Man”
Nick Hornby – “An Education”
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – “Up In The Air”

WINNER: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up in the Air

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Barry Ackroyd – “The Hurt Locker”
Dion Beebe – “Nine”
Mauro Fiore – “Avatar”
Andrew Lesnie – “The Lovely Bones”
Robert Richardson – “Inglourious Basterds”

WINNER: Dion Beebe – Nine

BEST ART DIRECTION
Dan Bishop – “A Single Man”
Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg – “Avatar”
John Myhre, Gordon Sim – “Nine”
Naomi Shohan, George De Titta, Jr. – “The Lovely Bones”
David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco – “Inglourious Basterds”

WINNER: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg – Avatar

BEST EDITING
Dana E. Glauberman – “Up In The Air”
Sally Menke – “Inglourious Basterds”
Bob Murawski, Chris Innis – “The Hurt Locker”
Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron – “Avatar”
Claire Simpson, Wyatt Smith – “Nine”

WINNER: Bob Murawski, Chris Innis – The Hurt Locker

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Colleen Atwood – “Nine”
Janet Patterson – “Bright Star”
Sandy Powell – “The Young Victoria”
Anna Sheppard – “Inglourious Basterds”
Casey Storm – “Where The Wild Things Are”

WINNER: Sandy Powell – The Young Victoria

BEST MAKEUP
Avatar
District 9
Nine
The Road
Star Trek

WINNER: Avatar

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar
District 9
The Lovely Bones
Star Trek
2012

WINNER: Avatar

BEST SOUND
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Nine
Star Trek

WINNER: Avatar

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Princess And The Frog
Up

WINNER: Up

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek

WINNER: The Hurt Locker

BEST COMEDY
(500) Days Of Summer
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
The Proposal
Zombieland

WINNER: The Hangover

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Gifted Hands
Grey Gardens
Into The Storm
Taking Chance

WINNER: Grey Gardens

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Red Cliff
Sin Nombre
The White Ribbon

WINNER: Sin Nombre

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Anvil
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Cove
Food, Inc.
Michael Jackson’s This Is It

WINNER: The Cove

BEST SONG
“All Is Love” – Karen O, Nick Zinner – “Where The Wild Things Are”
“Almost There” – Randy Newman – “The Princess And The Frog”
“Cinema Italiano” – Maury Yeston – “Nine”
“(I Want To) Come Home” – Paul McCartney – “Everybody’s Fine”
“The Weary Kind” – T Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham – “Crazy Heart”

WINNER: “The Weary Kind” – Crazy Heart

BEST SCORE
Michael Giacchino – “Up”
Marvin Hamlisch – “The Informant!”
Randy Newman – “The Princess and the Frog”
Karen O, Carter Burwell – “Where The Wild Things Are”
Hans Zimmer – “Sherlock Holmes”

WINNER: Michael Giacchino – Up

There you have it. Now it’s your turn to do your worst. I will be live-blogging and tweeting the ceremony this evening with live winner updates and commentary.

By the way, if you turned down plans with your friends in order to stay in and watch the Critics Choice Awards on a Friday night – that is the definition of “Film Misery.”

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  • Yes, it is shocking, isn’t it. If “The Hurt Locker” doesn’t win, I’d be stunned. It deserves it, though. I just saw it, and it was amazing (I have a review up on my blog). Great acting, great direction, and great action sequences add up to a sensational movie experience. This is clearly the best film of 2009, in my opinion (though I haven’t seen “Up in the Air” or “A Serious Man” yet). Yes, I think it’s better than up. What a film!

  • Brandon Cooley

    I saw The Hurt Locker the day came out and I thought it was great. My two favorites films of the year are Inglourious Basterds and The Hurt Locker. I hope that one of them will win best picture at the globes, although I have a feeling that Up in the Air will win instead.

  • As long as it’s not “Avatar”.

  • Andr913

    Please take Nine off Best Picture here, it’s more like a 6.

  • It should be Inglorious basterds hands down. Wow, what acting, direction, and sensational story line. Only q tarantino could pull off this amazing movie. and thanks Brad..really had me laughing. You added just the perfect amount of relief comedy, so needed for such a tragic historical story

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