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Star Wars Receives Late Critics' Choice Best Picture Nomination

by | December 22, 2015 | Comments

In an unusual move, the Broadcast Film Critics Association has named Star Wars: The Force Awakens the 11th nominee in the Critics’ Choice Best Picture category. The announcement comes over a week after the nominations were revealed, the BFCA explained the film had not been screened in time to be considered for a nomination before. Read through for the updated list of nominees.


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  • Matt Hooper

    Disney didn’t send out DVD screeners of TFA to anyone to avoid piracy. Doing that has a downside too–especially during awards season.

    • compguy83

      That’s true, but it’s frankly insanely asinine to do award nominations for a year that isn’t even complete.

  • nero2020

    Seriously? In these days of news writers having inadequate grammar skills, perhaps it is not surprising that a 95% fresh rating in Rotten Tomatoes includes many who do not recognize poor story writing. In this case, check comments of the 5% rotten for credibility. This should be scratched from the nominations list in the first cutoff.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of the franchise and it was a fun movie. But I expected much more with the 95% fresh rating. If you know the franchise and value character development, drama, solid and unpredictable plot, look elsewhere. Harrison Ford was a nice touch but got way too much air time for his sentimental value alone. Someone new to the franchise might wonder why this particular guy got high billing. And without knowledge of the prequels, this plot collapses like a three-legged stool – having the leg of prequels removed. It cannot stand alone without context of the others. This shouldn’t even be mentioned on the nominations list.

    Knowing the prequels, the movie is entirely predictable throughout. Plot segments from
    previous SW’s were copied and pasted in different order, all recycled like all
    character stereotypes – everyone in this one having a previous
    counterpart. Gee, I wonder who the Darth Vader lookalike will be
    related to. Is that going to be the big reveal in movie 9?

    Characters suddenly having exceptional skills, knowledge
    and powers and changing convictions without justification, well, you’d think they could get a
    professional writer being Disney and at such a big budget. Yes I’m feeling a bit duped by the 95% fresh
    reviewers and actors acting like paid actors in a studio, casual and no urgency. Heed the 5% rotten reviews.

    Like I say, SW is fun for everyone and has good SPFX but it
    probably is the weakest of the 7, in my opinion. Just go in expecting less and have fun.

    • Brent

      The Force Awakens is, IMO, the best of the seven films in the franchise. As to films that will get Oscar and awards consideration, probably haven’t and won’t see most of them. TFA is the best film seen of 2015. Daisy Ridley deserves an Oscar nod for her performance. Unlike the very capable Portman who couldn’t overcome some really cheesy writing, Ridley is riveting and powerful in this film — her performance blew me away.

  • Todd Gillette

    While I disagree with Nero regarding the acting (and arguably the dialogue and directing) which was far superior to that of Eps 1-3, I completely agree with the rest. I don’t have a problem with anyone liking the movie, but to be nominated for any award that has to do with the script or production is insanely absurd.

    Did I have fun? Sure I did; there were a lot of decent and enjoyable parts. I liked the new actors/characters quite a bit. But I was taken out of the story so often due to the plot absurdities, both major holes in terms of motivation/realism of intent as well as unearned technical mumbo-jumbo (I am quite capable of suspending disbelief when the script treats the world and its characters properly thank you very much). It’s one thing to use some technical solution, it’s another to do so without earning it in any way. One of the major plot points that one character points out as insanely dangerous happens so quickly there’s no chance to actually feel like there was any danger. And if you’re running a hail-marry plan, it should feel dangerous and the risks should be clear. I’m just baffled by the critics on this one. What a joke.

  • Mark

    Screeners of a Disney Star Wars sequel? ….Seriously. Han and Lea’s son has gone to the Dark Side, and they need screeners for that?!

  • TB Online

    Absolutely awful movie that requires Disney to manipulate reviews and awards nominations. Give me a break. Star Wars is a stinker. Let it die.

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