It’s safe to say that Spike Jonze and John Ridley have the screenplay game on lock this year, as far as awards season is concerned. Both won the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay during tonight’s Critics’ Movie Choice Awards. Also, another lock, in my opinion, for an Oscar is Ms. Amy Adams, who won for Best Actress In A Comedy. I will never forget her in Cruel Intentions 2, as I believe her acting in that movie elevated it from being a complete flop. Best Comedy went to American Hustle, which is no surprise, and the cast of said movie also picked up a Best Acting Ensemble award.
Best Cinematography was awarded to Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity, Best Art Direction to Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn and Best Costume Design to Catherine Martin once again for The Great Gatsby (It would have been a travesty if The Great Gatsby didn’t win in these categories!), Best Editing and Best Visual Effects went to Gravity, and Best Hair and Makeup to American Hustle.
One of the best things about the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, like the Golden Globes, is that comedy gets its due just as much as the drama category, as well as the action and sci-fi/horror film genres. Leo DiCaprio won for Best Actor In A Comedy, while Lone Survivor snagged an award for Best Action Movie and Best Actor In An Action Movie for Mark Wahlberg, giving me another reason to go see it. Sandra Bullock received her accolade for Best Actress In An Action Movie in Gravity, which won yet another statue in the Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie group and for Best Score.
Like Gravity, Frozen is a movie that continues to best its cinematic competitors, winning for Best Song and Best Animated Feature. Finally, one of my favorite, well-deserved wins of the night goes to Blue Is The Warmest Color for Best Foreign Language Film, which gained much love from a multitude of critics in the late part of 2013, and 20 Feet From Stardom was hailed as the Best Documentary Feature.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for making 2013 one of the best years for filmgoers!!! You are all making the 2014 awards season one of the most exciting to witness in recent years.