The 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will air live Thursday, January 10 at 8pm on CW44. Now if you thought the Golden Globes had a bunch of categories, you haven’t seen anything compared to the Critics Choice awards. This show loves to celebrate all the varieties of movies and performances we loved over the past year. Now I’m not going to give you all my predictions because like I said, it’s a big list. Jessica Chastain and Daniel Day-Lewis are going to win their lead actor categories, so we won’t even bother discussing them. I won’t be discussing the Supporting Actor Category either since they decided not to nominate any of three deserving candidates (Waltz, Jackson, and DiCaprio) from Django Unchained. Matthew McConaughey from Magic Mike? Shame on you Broadcast Film Critics Association. I’m also sure most of you don’t care about Best Foreign Language Film, my pick is Amour if anyone’s keeping score. So I’ll pick some of the top categories and also pick some of the lesser, yet cool categories that match up with my personality. Here we go!

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

WINNER: Zero Dark Thirty

Although I loved Django Unchained, the safe bet to win is Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow’s story telling is superb and enthralling considering you already know the ending to Zero Dark Thirty. I sometimes have problems with movies in which I know the outcome.  Apollo 13 is well made movie, but I knew those three astronauts got back to earth safe and sound in the end. It failed to capture the danger of the moment. This is not the case in Zero Dark Thirty. The film is filled with white knuckle action and a few jumps mixed into the superbly written story. Click here for my review of Zero Dark Thirty.

The Cabin in the Woods

Winner: Looper

I would love to give this to The Cabin in the Woods, but the movie is polarizing. Even though I absolutely loved the wild ride and mix of genres in Cabin, I talk to just as many people who hate it. The overall praise of the innovative and mind bending tale of Looper will allow it to come out with the win. One could make the argument that The Cabin in the Woods is both horror and Sci-Fi and should deserve to win, instead of the Sci-Fi only Looper. I’m just saying.

The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit
Life of Pi

Winner: Life of Pi

I’m sure some people thought I would give this award to one of my beloved super hero franchises. The truth is the best use of special effects of any film this year was Life of Pi. Richard Parker, the Bengal Tiger who shares the boat with Pi, is the most realistic CG tiger I have ever seen. The way he moved, growled and pounced at his prey seemed disturbingly real. I almost couldn’t tell the tiger was computer generated – unlike the fake looking wolves of Twilight, Richard Parker is seen as a living breathing creature on-screen. If the tiger had looked faked, the movie would not have been the same. Click here for my full review of Life of Pi.

Madagascar 3
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Winner: Wreck-It Ralph

Some may call me bias, being a video game lover and a child of the 80’s and they are entitled to their opinion. Although, there’s one thing I know for sure, Wreck-It Ralph has given me and many other gamers something we’ve been wanting for years, a video game movie we can all love. I can say without a doubt, Wreck-it Ralph is the best animated family film I have seen since the Oscar nominated Toy Story 3. Who hasn’t felt under-appreciated at their job and who doesn’t wish that they could do something else with their life? I know I have. Ralph realizes that we all have a job to do, whether we like or not. So instead of being glum, he teaches us to try to find something in that job to love. Then let that one thing be the reason that makes you come to work everyday and have a smile on your face while doing the job you have to do. Click here for my full review of Wreck-it Ralph.


Click here for the full list of the 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, airing live Thursday, January 10 on CW44 at 8pm.


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