What the Critics’ Choice Awards Winners Tell Us About the Ongoing Oscar Race

TVOvermind | 3/21/2012 | Brian Hadsell
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Although it is true that critics’ awards are hardly predictive of a movie’s eventual Oscar wins (or even nominations), they do serve the incredibly important role of keeping certain films and filmmakers in the larger conversation heading into Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. They can indicate – or, at times, dictate – a film’s momentum in particular categories.

Although critics and industry personnel are often at odds in terms of movie preferences, these existing overlaps in terms of interest nevertheless keep us posted on the state of the race, even as it enters into its final furlough. In fact, these final few awards ceremonies might be the most critical for Oscar hopefuls to score big at, since these are their final opportunities to show off their Oscar-worthiness to Academy voters ahead of next week’s nominations and next month’s Oscar ceremony.

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To that end, it would do every Oscar-watching well to look back on the winners, losers and surprises from this last weekend’s Critics’ Choice Awards. As quite possibly the last award show to influence other awards bodies, it has the potential to cement, challenge or entirely upend certain races at this late stage of the game. And judging from what we saw last night, there might be a few unexpected turns of events come Oscar nomination morning.

The big winner of the evening was, of course, Roma (2018), which walked away with four massive wins for Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaròn: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film. Although it is widely considered the best film of the year, it faces a number of unique challenges that could potentially freeze it out the Best Picture race at the Oscars.

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For one, a foreign language film has never won the Academy’s top prize, and desperately few have even been nominated. Although...
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