BSFC vs. Oscar


So much for the Oscars. I'd just like to add that the winners were in a sense a vindication, once again, of the film critics societies that initially brought them to the attention of everybody. Take for example the organization of which I'm a proud member, the Boston Society of Film Critics: 8 of the 13 comparable awards (there is no Best Newcomer or Ensemble Cast in the Academy Awards) given by the BSFC went on to win Oscars. They include Best Film ("The Hurt Locker"), Best  Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz), Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique), Best Documentary ("The Cove"), Best Animated Film ("Up"), Best Film Editing ("The Hurt Locker"), and Best Song ("The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart"). These were awarded on  Dec. 14, 2009, the first such recognition, I believe, any of these winners received.

Coincidence? Prognostication? Influence? Note that this is not the first year this has happened.

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