Critics Choice Awards Winners 2010

The Critics Choice Awards have come and gone without too much of a fuss. It feels great to be back in Awards telecast mode even though the CC Awards are about as low-key as awards shows get. I missed most of the ceremony, but I caught up with the list of winners so I can do some analysis about what this means for the Oscar race.

First of all, it seems necessary to keep pointing out that absolutely nobody who cast a vote for the BFCA Critics Choice Awards will be voting for the Oscars. The critics have significant influence on the Academy’s voting members, but they aren’t the same. I’ve already heard buzz in the Twitterverse about whether or not these Awards have “cemented” somebody’s victory. History has taught us that the BFCA’s do not “cement” anything in the Awards race.

The biggest surprise of the night was Sandra Bullock tying for Best Actress with Meryl Streep. Every other contender in the Best Actress race seemed a stronger contender than Bullock based on the precursors so far. It’s actually better for Carey Mulligan that she did not win the BFCA. In the past several years, the actress who wins the Critics Choice Award does not go on to win the Oscar.

View the winners and my prediction tally after the jump.

15th Annual Critics Choice Award Winners

HOW I DID: 18 out of 25.

BEST PICTURE
Prediction: The Hurt Locker
Winner: The Hurt Locker

BEST DIRECTING
Prediction: Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Winner: Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

BEST ACTOR
Prediction: Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
Winner: Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

BEST ACTRESS
Prediction: Carey Mulligan – An Education
Winner: Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia and Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side (tie)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Prediction: Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Winner: Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Prediction: Mo’Nique – Precious
Winner: Mo’Nique – Precious

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Prediction: Inglourious Basterds
Winner: Inglourious Basterds

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Prediction: Max Records – Where the Wild Things Are
Winner: Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Prediction: Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Winner: Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Prediction: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up in the Air
Winner: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up in the Air

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Prediction: Nine
Winner: Avatar

BEST ART DIRECTION
Prediction: Avatar
Winner: Avatar

BEST EDITING
Prediction: The Hurt Locker
Winner: Avatar

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Prediction: The Young Victoria
Winner: The Young Victoria

BEST MAKEUP
Prediction: Avatar
Winner: District 9

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Prediction: Avatar
Winner: Avatar

BEST SOUND
Prediction: Avatar
Winner: Avatar

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Prediction: Up
Winner: Up

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Prediction: The Hurt Locker
Winner: Avatar

BEST COMEDY
Prediction: The Hangover
Winner: The Hangover

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Prediction: Grey Gardens
Winner: Grey Gardens

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Prediction: Sin Nombre
Winner: Broken Embraces

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Prediction: The Cove
Winner: The Cove

BEST SONG
Prediction: “The Weary Kind” – Crazy Heart
Winner: “The Weary Kind” – Crazy Heart

BEST SCORE
Prediction: Michael Giacchino – Up
Winner: Michael Giacchino – Up

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