Also this week: Selena honored by Library of Congress National Film Registery.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like awards season, with no fewer than three organizations — the Critics Choice Association, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, bestower of the Golden Globes — announcing their nominations for glittering prizes this week.
(In the interest of full disclosure: Yours truly is a voting member of the first two groups.)
And lo and behold: Four of the movies mentioned among the nominees — The Harder They Fall, Wild Indian, The Power of the Dog and Jockey — also are multiple nominees for the C&I Movie Awards, for which you can cast your vote here. (The deadline for submitting your picks will be Wednesday, Jan. 26, with winners announced Friday, Jan. 28. )
Films in the Critics Choice list of nominees include: The Power of the Dog (Best Picture; Best Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch; Best Supporting Actor – Kodi Smit-McPhee; Best Supporting Actress – Kirsten Dunst; Best Acting Ensemble; Best Director – Jane Campion; Best Adapted Screenplay – Jane Campion; Best Cinematography – Ari Wegner; Best Editing – Peter Sciberras; Best Score – Jonny Greenwood) and The Harder They Fall (Best Acting Ensemble; Best Song – “Guns Go Bang”).
Looming large among the Film Independent list: Wild Indian (Best Actor - Michael Greyeyes; Best Supporting Actor - Chaske Spencer; Best First Feature; Best First Screenplay - Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.) and Jockey (Best Actor - Clifton Collins Jr.; John Cassavetes Award for Best feature Made for Under $500,000).
And in the Golden Globes race, you will find The Power of the Dog nominated in these categories: Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama - Benedict Cumberbatch; Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Kirsten Dunst; Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Kodi Smit-McPhee; Best Director and Best Screenplay – Jane Campion; Best Score – Jonny Greenwood.
Winners of the Critics Choice Awards will be announced during the gala show set to air live from the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel 7-10 pm ET Jan. 9 on The CW Network and TBS. And the Golden Globes — recently mired in controversy — will be announced at a not-yet-announced location Jan. 9 as well. The Spirit Awards will stream live from Santa Monica, California, March 6.
And by the way: Academy Award nominations will be announced Feb. 8, leading to the Oscarcast on ABC March 27.
While we’re talking about honoring films: Selena, director Gregory Nava’s acclaimed biopic about the gone-too-soon, Texas-born Mexican-American singer-songwriter Selena Quintanilla, is one of 15 films announced today as the latest entries in the Library of Congress National Film Registry. You can read my 1996 Los Angeles Times story about the making of Selena here.
And here is Selena herself, live and in concert — her last concert — at the Houston Astrodome.