Critics Survey Choice Awards as an accurate reflection – cpn

The cast and crew of "Everything Everywhere All at Once" accept the award for best picture at the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards at The Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Despite their name, one shouldn’t consider the Critics Choice Awards as an accurate reflection of critical consensus. More often than not, that organization seems singularly fixated on predicting the Oscars to the point it’s hard to denote any idiosyncrasies of taste. To get a better grasp of what the critics think, one should regard such surveys as the one Indiewire did with 165 critics and journalists, among them our own Nathaniel Rogers. Though various titles are mentioned across nine lists, one picture stands tall above all the others, signaling a clear favorite from the season. TÁR obliterates the competition, damning them all to hell like the maestro herself, raving like a lunatic with an accordion in hand.

The survey results, plus some commentary, after the jump…

 

BEST FILM

TÁR
Aftersun
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
The Fabelmans
Decision to Leave
Nope
RRR
Top Gun: Maverick
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
No surprise here, though it’s notable how high Park Chan-wook’s murderous romance ranks despite a lackluster performance in critics’ awards so far into the season. All things accounted for, this year’s selection is much more English-language-inclined than 2021’s list, where half of the top 10 was devoted to non-Anglophone cinema. Once again, only one documentary makes it to these high placements.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

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Todd Field, TÁR
The Daniels, Everything Everywhere All At Once
S.S. Rajamouli, RRR
Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
Charlotte Wells, Aftersun
Park Chan-wook, Decision to Leave
Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
Jerzy Skolimowski, EO
Jordan Peele, Nope
Alice Diop, Saint Omer
International cinema is better represented in this list, though Todd Field still reigns supreme. I’m ecstatic at any mention of EO, but RRR in the top 3 is also a pleasant surprise. Though this vote should be read beyond the shadow of punditry, one wonders if Rajamouli could make a dent in the awards season. His movie certainly feels popular enough at this point.

 

BEST PERFORMANCE

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Cate Blanchett, TÁR
Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All At Once
Danielle Deadwyler, Till
Park Ji-Min, Return to Seoul
Brendan Fraser, The Whale
Tilda Swinton, The Eternal Daughter
Paul Mescal, Aftersun
Mia Goth, Pearl
TIE: Guslagie Malanda, Saint Omer + Austin Butler, Elvis + Léa Seydoux, One Fine Morning
This is one appreciably offbeat list, combining Oscar contenders with some of the year’s most unfairly unheralded work in international cinema and genre pictures. Park above critical darlings like Fraser and Mescal is the most surprising choice. Still, I’d also like to applaud the inclusion of Swinton’s doubled performance in Joanna Hogg’s latest and Mia Goth’s wild grotesquerie in Pearl. It’s always lovely when voters remember horror movies also deserve attention.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

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All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Fire of Love
Moonage Daydream
All That Breathes
Descendant
Navalny
Three Minutes: A Lengthening
The Janes
Mr. Bachmann and His Class
TIE: Sr. + We Need to Talk About Cosby
Poitras unsurprisingly tops this list, confirming her status as the documentary queen of 2022 and All the Beauty and the Bloodshed as the most acclaimed non-fiction film. Now wait and see AMPAS snubbing it – one can never be too sure with that branch.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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Decision to Leave, Kim Ji-yong
Top Gun: Maverick, Claudio Miranda
TIE: EO, Michal Dymek + Nope, Hoyte van Hoytema
The Fabelmans, Janusz Kaminski
The Banshees of Inisherin, Ben Davis
Athena, Matias Boucard
Avatar: The Way of Water, Russell Carpenter
Bardo: False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths, Darius Khondji
Ambulance, Roberto De Angelis
I don’t care how postcard-pretty the Irish landscape is. Giving Cinematography honors to Ben Davis feels deeply wrong. The man practically invented the greyish-brown CGI-heavy sludge that characterizes the Disney-Marvel industrial complex and which has infected the rest of mainstream cinema. I’m probably being unfair and may change my tone once I actually see Banshees – hope is everlasting. Also, it’s faintly shocking that TÁR didn’t manage to score a spot in the top 10.

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

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TÁR, Todd Field
The Banshees of Insiherin, Martin McDonagh
Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Daniels
Aftersun, Charlotte Wells
Women Talking, Sarah Polley & Miriam Toews
The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner
Crimes of the Future, David Cronenberg
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Rian Johnson
Saint Omer, Amrita David, Alice Diop & Marie N’Diaye
TIE: The Eternal Daughter, Joanna Hogg + After Yang, Kogonada
Fear not, TÁRheads, for Miss Linda’s fall from grace is back on top.

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

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Decision to Leave
RRR
EO
All Quiet on the Western Front
No Bears
The Banshees of Inisherin
Saint Omer
Happening
Hit the Road
Benediction
The inclusion of international English-language fare is fascinating because it doesn’t correlate with the main Best Film list. So should those titles be eligible for this list? Regardless, I’m happy that Benediction, my #1 2022 film, got some love.

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