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A Cher Victory? Critics Choice Award Predictions

Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Inception
Cher, Christina Aguilera, Burlesque
Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard in Christopher Nolan's Inception (top); Cher, Christina Aguilera in Steve Antin's Burlesque (bottom)

THE SOCIAL NETWORK, Natalie Portman, Colin Firth: Critics' Choice Awards Predictions

In all likelihood, Christopher Nolan will take home the Best Original Screenplay for Inception, which should also top the Best Cinematography (Wally Pfister), Best Art Direction (Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias and Doug Mowat), Best Editing (Lee Smith), Best Score (Hans Zimmer), Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, and Best Action Movie categories – thus becoming the evening's top winner.

Even though it's ineligible for this year's Oscar, expect The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to win as Best Foreign Language Film because it's by far the most popular movie in that otherwise undervalued category. Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 will win for Best Animated Feature.

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland should top the Best Costume Design (Colleen Atwood) and Best Make-Up categories.

The Best Documentary will likely be Davis Guggenheim's much talked about Waiting for 'Superman' (though I believe the Oscar will go to Inside Job). Best Song: “You Haven't Seen the Last of Me Yet” from Burlesque. It may not win the Oscar; in fact, it may not even be nominated (though you never can tell), but Cher sings it and Diane Warren wrote it. If Joan Rivers can't go up on stage to pick up the Best Documentary Award for Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and do a one-woman show while in possession of the microphone, then Cher would be the Critics' Choice Awards' next best thing.

After all, much like the Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards are all about who will come to the (televised) party. The Globes, for instance, have all those drama and comedy/musical categories in both film and television, which result in dozens of stars being nominated each year. The Critics' Choice Awards, for their part, have ten Best Picture nominees, six nominees in the directing, and in each of the acting and screenwriting categories – but, ahem, a mere three nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year. Two of the nominated foreign films, I should add, star former Oscar winners: Javier Bardem in Biutiful and Tilda Swinton in I Am Love.

Yet, no less than six movies are in the running for Best Comedy and five for Best Action Movie. The Broadcast Film Critics Association clearly knows their audience.

Now, I'm at a loss to explain the six nominees for Best Documentary. So, let me sidestep that thorny category. But then again, one has Joan Rivers in the title; another has 'Superman'

Photos: Burlesque (Stephen Vaughn / Sony Pictures); Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

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2 Comments to A Cher Victory? Critics Choice Award Predictions

  1. Ugh, I thought The Social Network was severely overrated and got most of it's attention due to the subject matter rather than the movie as a whole. I'm a big David Fincher fan and he's never let me down. Good movie but it didn't make my Top Ten. I thought Howl was by far the best movie of the year with it's combination of animation, acting, and cinematography. You can check out my list on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-movie-picks-of-2010.html

  2. somefan345

    I'm really hoping that Christopher Nolan will get an Oscar. Hopefully this will increase his chances. I'm not expecting Inception to win best picture although it was better than the Social Network(although that was a great film too.Social Network is more likely to win). But if Nolan could win in Screenplay or directing that'd be cool.