The thing to remember about critics groups handing out movie awards this time of year is it’s all about advocacy.
The beneficiary today: American Hustle.
The grifter dramedy collected Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle today, and most people will be looking at the prizes as a gauge of what’s likely to end up in the Oscar race this year. Intended or not, that’s what the annual onslaught of awards have evolved into: Academy Award straw polls. READ FULL STORY