The Los Angeles Film Critics Association stunned the movie world with some out of left field choices that left me wondering what they might have been ingesting at their voting session? Was the lox spiked with LSD?
Seriously folks, Debra Granik, Best Director for Leave No Trace?? A fine film, nicely directed but not even in the ten best directorial achievements of the year folks. Sorry.
Steven Yuen for Best Supporting Actor in Burning? Are they kidding? No, really, are they joking?
As expected Roma won Best Film, improving its chances to become the first Netflix produced film to be so nominated at the Oscars. That Alfonso Cuaron did not win Best Director was a shock, though the greater shock was Granik winning.
Olivia Colman won Best Actress for her wonderful work in The Favourite, while Ethan Hawke continues his path to an Oscar nomination, winning Best Actor in First Reformed. Both were popular, logical choices.
Regina King continues to sweep the Supporting Actress awards, winning again in If Beale Street Could Talk, all but assuring her pending Oscar nomination.
How did Richard E. Grant lose supporting actor? How did Mahershala Ali lose supporting actor in Green Book?
The LA Critics have always gone their own way, but this time, man, they zoned in from Jupiter.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards are
John H. Foote is a well-recognized Canadian film critic/historian who has been an active critic for 30 years. His deep love for the movies began at a very young age. He began his career as co-host of the popular TV show Reel to Real where he remained for nine years. While on TV he began dabbling in education, eventually ascending to Director of the Toronto Film School, where he also taught film history. After leaving the college to care for his wife, he returned to teaching at Humber College where he taught both Film History and Method Acting Theory. John has written two books: “Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker” and the upcoming “Spielberg – American Film Visionary”. He is currently working on two books, one about the films of the seventies and another on the films of Martin Scorsese. Through his career he has worked in TV, radio, print and the web. John has interviewed everyone in the industry (more than 300 interviews) except Jack Nicholson, he says sadly. Highlights include Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep Robert Duvall, Jane Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow.