After two years of
getting six out of six right, I slipped up in my predictions this year, getting one
wrong. In this case I didn't follow my thesis far enough and allowed for one
non-Harvey Weinstein candidate to win: Martin Scorsese for Best Director rather
than Michel Hazavinicius. So in the end Weinstein took four of the six top
categories - Best Picture, Director, and Actor for "The Artist," and Best
Actress for Meryl Streep in his "The Iron Lady."
Negative ads. Smear campaigns. Glad-handing voters. Intimidation.
Piles of money. And the cold dead hand of a master manipulator behind the
scenes. Yes, it's Oscar campaign season again. Not nearly as entertaining as
the donnybrook for the Republican Presidential nomination, but in many ways involving
the same tactics, dynamics, frustrations, and likely outcome.
After an informal poll of my fellow Boston Society of Film Critics members, the
winner of the 2011 "Where's Whitey? Award for Best Animal Actor" has been
It wasn't even close.
For a performance all the more impressive because it was
done without resorting to any dialogue, barked
or otherwise, and.
Here "The Artist" impressively scores number one on three more lists. I
feel so bad that's it's not my favorite movie. More divisive are "J.
Edgar," "War Horse," and "Melancholia, which have been showing up on
both best and worst lists. Sometimes from the same critic.
1. "The Artist"
This has been a great year for performances on screen,
especially from animals. Which makes the winner of the annual "Where's Whitey?"
Award for Best Animal Actor especially challenging and rewarding.
For those unfamiliar with this prize the name comes from Korean
director Kim Tae-kyun's "Crossing," which I saw a while back at the Palm
Springs Film Festival.
After two rounds, it's "The Artist" by Michel Hazavicius. Runner up was "Hugo." "Margaret" was second runner-up, adding further justification to our statement of censure against Fox Searchlight.