Poll: What will win the Critics' Choice Award for best picture?
I used to give the leaders of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. a hard time about the boast that their Critics' Choice Award is the best Oscar crystal ball. In recent years, however, it's been a fairly good forecast of Academy Award champs, I now admit.
Over the last four years, for example, both prizes agreed on best picture, which is surprising considering that academy members have chosen such atypical Oscar films of late -- such as "No Country for Old Men" and "Slumdog Millionaire." When the Critics' Choice Award went to "The Hurt Locker" last year, there were gasps of shock back in the press room. Mine, admittedly, was among them.
The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. is made up of 250 critics working in TV, radio and online. This year its awardscast will be televised on Jan. 14 on VH1.
Here's how members have scored the nominees for best picture when reviewing them for their media outlets, listed here from highest-scoring to lowest: "The King's Speech" (97), "Toy Story 3" ( 97), "The Social Network" (95), "Inception," (94), "True Grit" (91), "127 Hours" (90), "Black Swan" (89), "The Fighter" (89), "The Town" (87), "Winter's Bone" (85). Beware: Similar numbers have not always predicted what'll win the top Critics' Choice Award in the past, because opinions of films often mature and develop over a year. What do you think will win best picture this year?
-- Tom O'Neil
Left photo: Mark Wahlberg in "The Fighter." Credit: Paramount Pictures
Center photo: Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network." Credit: Columbia Pictures
Right photo: Colin Firth in "The King's Speech." Credit: The Weinstein Co.