Four C&I Movie Award nominees feature prominently in major award categories


Also this week: Selena honored by the Library of Congress National Film Register.

It’s starting to look a lot like awards season, with no less than three organizations – the Critics Choice Association, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and the Golden Globe-winning Hollywood Foreign Press Association – announcing their scintillating award nominations this week.

(In the interest of full disclosure: Yours truly is a voting member of the first two groups.)

There you go: four of the films mentioned among the nominees – The more they fall, Wild indian, The power of the dog and Jockey – are also several candidates for the THIS Movie Awards, which you can vote for here. (The deadline for submitting your picks will be Wednesday, January 26, and the winners will be announced on Friday, January 28.)

Films on the Critics Choice nominees list include: Ee The power of the dog (Best Picture; Best Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch; Best Supporting Actor – Kodi Smit-McPhee; Best Supporting Actress – Kirsten Dunst; Best Acting Set; Best Director – Jane Campion; Best Adapted Screenplay – Jane Campion ; Best Cinematography – Ari Wegner; Best Editing – Peter Sciberras; Best Score – Jonny Greenwood) and The more they fall (Best Acting Set; Best Song – “Guns Go Bang”).

Topping the list of independent films: 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 Directed Feature Under $ 500,000).

And in the race for the Golden Globes, you will find The power of the dog nominated in these categories: best film, drama; Best Actor in a Dramatic Film – 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.

The winners of the Critics Choice Awards will be announced at the gala, which will be broadcast live from the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET. January 9. And the Golden Globes – recently mired in controversy – will be announced at a not-yet-announced location on Jan. 9 as well. The Spirit Awards will be broadcast live from Santa Monica, Calif. On March 6.

And by the way: The Oscar nominations will be announced on February 8, leading up to the Oscarcast on ABC on March 27.

As we talk about honoring the movies: Selena, director Gregory Nava’s acclaimed biopic of Texas-born Mexican-American singer-songwriter Selena Quintanilla is one of 15 films announced today as the latest entries in the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry . You can read my 1996 Los Angeles Times article on making Selena here.

And here’s Selena herself, live and in concert – her last gig – at the Astrodome in Houston.

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