Hey, did you know it was awards season? The one crappy thing about all these awards and nominations is that the majority of people out there have not seen any of the films on the list. For example, The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced their nominations for the 12th annual Critics' Choice Awards (which is kind of like the Viewer's Choice Awards, except P. Diddy isn't hosting and everyone in the room is feverishly typing on a blackberry), and just by looking at the best picture category, I assume most folks have only seen two of the films listed. Mayyybe three. But isn't that always the case?
The wonderful thing for pics like Dreamgirls and Letters from Iwo Jima is that, with these awards and nominations pouring out ahead of their release dates, it's all free marketing. But all that does is benefit people with a lot more money than you, so let's move on. With 200 members, the BFCA is the largest critics' organization in the United States and Canada, and the actual awards ceremony will be broadcast this January 20 on E! Entertainment Television. The nice thing about these awards is the diversity; basically everyone gets to join the party. Beside your standard categories (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Supporting, Animated, Documentary), you have Best Ensemble, Best Young Actor, Best Young Actress, Best Comedy, Best Soundtrack and Best Family Film (Live Action) -- a category I feel should be included at the Oscars.
Any surprises? Well, Deliver Us from Evil and Jesus Camp were both left off the documentary list, and Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated twice (The Departed, Blood Diamond) in the same category, Best Actor. As far as who has the most nods, The Departed, Babel, Little Miss Sunshine and Dreamgirls each received seven.
As always, a full list of nominations is waiting for you after the jump.