Critics Choice: It's Leo vs. Leo

101856__leo_lThe Broadcast Film Critics Association, made up largely of folks whose glowing raves you see quoted in blurbs on movie posters, doesn’t necessarily offer a reliable harbinger of what the Academy will vote for. Still, their list of nominations for their 12th annual Critics Choice Awards is worth perusing for a couple reasons. First, their shotgun, share-the-wealth approach to nominations (there are 10 Best Picture nominees, and several categories have six contenders) helps define the range of possible choices available to other awards groups. Second, this year’s list has some interesting anomalies. As Variety points out, Leonardo DiCaprio is the first man whom the BCFA has nominated twice in the Best Actor category; his performance in The Departed will be competing with his Blood Diamond role (pictured). Also, Letters from Iwo Jima is competing in both the Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film categories. Oscar’s rules won’t permit Clint Eastwood’s drama to enter both slots, but there’s a remote chance that, if the Academy wants to be especially kind to a foreign film this year, it could give props to, say, Volver (along with director Pedro Almodovar and star Penelope Cruz) in more than just the Foreign Language slot. Does this help you and your Magic 8 Balls, PopWatchers?

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  • matt

    Remember Jodie Foster in Inside Man! And how ’bout the guy who played “Elias” in Clerks 2! Both deserve sup. actor nods!

  • Jeff Commings

    Gary, just wanted to let you know that the Academy allows a film to be nominated in the Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film categories. It’s happened lots of times with such films as “Crouching Tiger,” “Life is Beautiful” and “Z.”
    It’s the Golden Globes that doesn’t allow a film to be in both categories.
    The Oscar rules haven’t changed in that regard.

  • Ceballos

    Leo was really good in Blood Diamond, but he was BRILLIANT in “The Departed”…I hope he gets nominated for that, though it seems that they’re lumping all the actors from that movie (Nicholson, Damon, Wahlberg, Leo) into Supporting Actor territory for some weird reason (well in Leo’s case, it’s to not hurt his Blood Diamond chances, and in Damon’s case, to not hurt his Good Shepard chances.)
    I say, forget that and just let DiCaprio get nominated for Best Actor for The Departed (as well as Damon)…you know…the superior performance.

  • Madeleine

    Leo deserves kudos, he is showing a tremendous amount of range.
    Off topic..does anbody know why Popwatch is only posting 1-2 times day lately? What’s happening, is everyone away???!! Anybody know?

  • Miles

    hmmm, I prefer The Departed Leo, that’s a layered performance in a likely best picture nominee. I don’t see all the hoopla about Blood Diamond, I thought I was going to see a revolutionary film about the diamon industry a la “the insider” what I got was a sub-par action movie about the search for a diamond that “will make us rich I tell you.” with Sierra Leone and the Blood Diamond industry only as scenery dressing, of the two, The Departed has the prestige of actually being a great film, I say, rather be nominated for a good performance in a good film, over a good performance in a mediocre film.

  • Ed

    Leo bores me right now, none of his movies have interested me in the least. I think he’s trying to hard (or at least his P.R machine is)to establish himself as a serious actor.
    Madeleine, in the E.W world, I think posting blogs is the bottom of the entertainment chain. I’ve noticed several new authors as of late – they must be the new interns.
    Either that or they’re all haveing Mojitos with Michael Slezak.

  • Diane

    The Departed has an outstanding chance of becoming one of a handful of ganster movies that ten, fifteen or twenty years from now people will still see, talk about and enjoy. Therefore in its infinate lack of wisdom the Academy will nomimate Leo for Blood Diamond.

  • Dave

    Ed, I don’t what you’re talking about. I didn’t see Blood Diamond, but The Departed was the best movie of the year! Leo’s grown up, and he’s no longer a pin up for teen girls, so why do people still not want to accept him as a “serious” actor. Maybe because people are jealous that he’s successful and, still, really hot!

  • nathan

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Leo gets nominated for both this year, there’s a chance.

  • brenda

    I have seen both The Departed and Blood Diamond and thought Leo was outstanding in both. I never thought of him as an “actor” before seeing them, but, being an ex-Zimbabwean/South African myself, I felt as if I was back there hearing him talk. Not only did he get the accent right, but he also used a lot of the slang.

  • Steph

    Jeff,
    I think the difference is that Iwo Jima comes from the United States and there is no organization to submit a foreign language film to the academy from the United States. Each country is allowed only 1 film to be nominated for a Foreign Language Film Oscar. That’s why Crouching Tiger could be (and was) nominated for both, but Iwo Jima, also Apocalypto and Passion of the Christ cannot (only best picture).

  • Ed

    Dave, take off the rainbow color glasses, they’re obstructing your view.
    I’m not saying he isn’t a good actor, I’m just not feeling his work right now. The other thing is, I don’t find him at all attractive. Gimme the new 007 any day over little Leo. I’d like to see him come out of the water in a skin tight swim suit.

  • Rahul

    I think the Best Picture nominees will be:
    The Departed
    Dreamgirls
    Letters from Iwo Jima
    The Queen
    United 93
    Bank on it

  • Lauren

    Hopefully neither, as I cringe every time I hear him open his mouth. He is the female version of Kirsten Dunst.

  • ros

    leo has always been a serious actor and should have gotten an oscar way back for this boys life. true fans would kno that. besides, you dont get an oscar based on looks.

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