There are a lot of kids’ tables at the Critics’ Choice Film Awards.
By that, I mean there is literally a children’s category among the contenders — best young actor/actress — which separates Quvenzhané Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild, who is also nominated in the overall lead actress category, from her adult peers.
And there are also separate “kids’ table”-type groups for not only comedies (which the Golden Globes does, too) but action and sci-fi/horror movies, which isolates those projects and actors from contention in the traditional, non-genre categories. The group also includes a “best ensemble acting prize” which at the Screen Actors Guild Awards is the equivalent of best-picture, and tends to include six nominees among its acting contenders, so the predictive power of these nominations gets somewhat thrown off course.
Still, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which represents about 270 television, radio and online critics, has given us something to think about as the nominations for the Golden Globes approach on Thursday — as long as you can filter out those quirks. READ FULL STORY »