Well, Harvey Milk has recruited at least the NY Film Critics as Milk was named Best Picture. This was definitely a much needed boost for the film that still has hopes to possibly contend for Best Picture. There's no denying that it looks good for a nomination, but there's still question marks whether this film can take the top prize.
One thing that isn't hard to notice is how spread out everything is this year. Is any category locked this year? Don't think so. I have a feeling that it is going to be a wacky year for predictions. Though, in a lot of ways it makes it a better season.
Below is the list of the major winners (Note: NY only has one Screenplay category):
Best Picture: Milk
Best Director: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Screenplay: Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
Other Quick Thoughts:
- As good as Frank Langella is as Dick Nixon, the Best Actor race seems to keep being a duel between Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke. So far Penn has been on the winning end most of the time, but don't count out Rourke just yet.
- Sally Hawkins sweeps LA and NY film critics awards. I said yesterday that I wasn't sure if her win meant something. Well, it's hard not to at least put her in this Oscar race. Though, she still probably sits at the five spot.
- Josh Brolin is not going away in the Supporting Actor race. Going to be very interesting to see what the rest of the critics group name as their winner.
- Penelope Cruz may be the closest thing to a lock in any of the major categories. Though, I'm simply too scared to officially announce it.