'Little Children' nabs San Francisco treat

9131__winslet_lAnother day, another accolade for Helen Mirren’s performance in The Queen, as she picked up a Best Actress win yesterday in the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards. The Bay Area group, like other critics’ societies around the country, spread the wealth in its major categories, honoring Little Children (featuring Patrick Wilson and Kate Winslet, shown) as Best Picture, United 93‘s Paul Greengrass as Best Director, Borat‘s Sacha Baron Cohen as Best Actor, Little Children‘s Jackie Earle Haley as Best Supporting Actor, and Babel‘s Adriana Barraza as Best Supporting Actress.

Now, if you’re sitting there wondering what (if anything) the recent glut of various critics’ awards means to the Academy Awards race, you might want to check out this article by Time magazine’s Richard Corliss; he contends that critics’ prizes help guide Oscar voters who "don’t have time to catch up with the hundreds of films eligible for nomination." Corliss even rated five groups for their accuracy in predicting (or perhaps shaping) Oscar nominees and winners over the last four years. Best of the bunch? National Society of Film Critics, followed by the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics’ Circle. In other words, Mirren might want to wait for NSFC’s stamp of approval before she starts working on that Oscar acceptance speech.

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  • Dominique L.

    Hurrah for Little Children! By far the best film of the year. In fact, it’s the only extraordinary film of 2006. Don’t get me wrong: there were many very good films. This, however, is a great one. I’m surprised it’s not getting more recognition.

  • Dave

    It looks like the Best Picture nominees might be The Departed, Dreamgirls, Letters from Iwo Jima, and either Babel, Little Children, and United 93. However, given the disparity of the critics awards, I’d say The Departed and Dreamgirls and maybe Letters are the only locks. What does everyone else think?

  • Mozz

    Richard Corliss is just making an excuse for his existence. I really don’t think the critics group have much power, at the end of the day, they’re part of the buzz and the hype, but Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King and Crash, received very little of critic love and they go on to be the big winners at the big party.
    What Critics groups used to be able to do so well in the past, was bring much needed attention to a very little picture that would not likely be invited, but now they have taken on the role of trying to push an oscar agenda, so they forgo those small choices, and so they become part of the meaningless babble.
    and I laugh at the National Board of Review, of course they have a chance at picking out the top five, they give themselves ten choices and they pick winners of different films in each category so they can sell out tickets to their annual dinner. (they’re not very much about quality, and they’re not even real critics, just fans who pay 600 dollars to get to vote. Not a real film maker in the bunch.)

  • John

    What a terrible year for movies. So few are memorable that we don’t know at this point who will win.

  • dave

    Hopefully this will mean Little Children finally gets a wide release. It was released in October and is still only playing in selected cities. Does anyone know what the studio’s release plan is?

  • Lorenzo

    Yea! I’m so happy that “Brick” was awarded Best Original Screenplay. It was one of the most creative films of the year and deserved more recognition during these “pre-oscar” season. I hope when Oscar time comes, “Brick” will be one of shocks and surprises to EARNED a nomination.

  • Jasper

    I think this has been a great year for movies. I’ve seen some really good stuff. I hope the King (Forrest Whitaker) and The Queen (Helen Mirren) reign all the way to the Oscar podium. I’m also glad that someone recognized the script for Brick because I thought it was very well done. Djimon Honsou in Blood Diamond was heartbreaking and I know Kate Winslet (who I adore) is getting notice for Little Children but Patrick Wilson shouldn’t be ignored. He was all tortured and Paul Newman-y in that film and deserves recognition. The Departed will hopefully, deservedly (finally!!!) bring Scorsese the Oscar for directing. Everyone (actors, director, writer, sound, cinematography) brought their A game to that one.

  • zee

    Am I the only one who thought the Japanese girl in “Babel” was spectacular, and deserves some recognition?

  • Thomas

    I’m SO HAPPY Little Children is finally getting some recognition. Truly one of the best (and so far, underrated) movies I’ve seen in a while. It’s moving, disturbing, and the ides behind it are incredibly gutsy. Really, really, really go see it.

  • Shawn

    Little Children was a really good film! I was surprised how it was over- looked at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, but I’m hoping the outcome will be different at the Oscars. Here’s an interview with actor Jackie Earle Hayley where he talks about his experience making the movie, and being friends with Winslet.

  • New York Universities

    “Little Children” definitely deserves this and let us hope this will record a commercial success too.

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