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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

San Diego Has Spoken

Now starts the interesting part.  The "major" critics groups, (New York, Los Angeles, Boston), have annointed their year's best in film, and now the "smaller" critics groups get to stick out their tongue at the bigger groups and say, "You're not the boss of us!".  For while the critics in the bigger cities follow the same basic script of which films to reward, the critics in the smaller cities tend to break away from that storyline and go out of their way to single out more obscure films and actors, which leads to some interesting choices.  And who knows, sometimes a film or actor can build enough steam from those "smaller" wins to actually snag an Oscar nomination.

Today the first of the smaller city critics groups, The San Diego Film Critics Society, announced its winners, and it became only the second group, so far, to pick for Best Picture a film other than "Zero Dark Thirty".  San Diego named "Argo" as the year's best film.  San Diego did, however, join with most of the other groups by naming Daniel Day-Lewis as Best Actor for "Lincoln".
But then San Diego really went off the map.  They named Michelle Williams as Best Actress for "Take This Waltz", a film and performance which had heretofore been completely ignored by the other groups.  Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained", was selected as Best Supporting Actor and Emma Watson, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower", was named the Best Supporting Actress.  Waltz and Watson had also been looked over by all the other critics groups.

Also in a surprise, San Diego named Ben Affleck as Best Director for "Argo", his first win of the season, and only the second time someone other than Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty", got a win.

Some housekeeping:
we wrote a couple of days ago that if Daniel Day-Lewis wins the Oscar this year, he will become only the sixth actor in Oscar history to win three Oscars.  But we completely forget that Sally Field also has a good chance of winning an Oscar this year, and if so, it would also be Field's third Oscar.

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