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Critics Groups Votes: What is Their Impact?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 14, 2011 at 5:02PM

It's hard to keep up with the various critics groups around the country, which have far less impact on the final Oscar race than the early votes from New York and Los Angeles. Check the San Francisco Critics Circle winners below against the Screen Actors Guild votes today, for example, which are far more predictive, as its members actually have some overlap with the Academy's largest branch, the actors.
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Redgrave and Fiennes in Coriolanus
Redgrave and Fiennes in Coriolanus

It's hard to keep up with the various critics groups around the country, which have far less impact on the final Oscar race than the early votes from New York and Los Angeles. Check the San Francisco Critics Circle winners below against the Screen Actors Guild votes today, for example, which are far more predictive, as its members actually have some overlap with the Academy's largest branch, the actors.

Left out of the SAG nominations are San Francisco winners "The Tree of Life" and actors Gary Oldman ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"), Vanessa Redgrave ("Coriolanus") and Albert Brooks ("Drive"). In fact all three of those films were SAG shutouts. These films could still break through with the Academy in various categories, but it's a tougher road to get a best picture nod without acting support.

Best Picture - “The Tree of Life”
Best Director - Terrence Malick for “The Tree of Life”
Best Original Screenplay - J.C. Chandor for “Margin Call"
Best Adapted Screenplay - Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Best Actor - Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Best Actress - Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks for “Drive”
Best Supporting Actress - Vanessa Redgrave for “Coriolanus”
Best Animated Feature - “Rango”
Best Foreign Language Film - “Certified Copy”
Best Documentary - “Tabloid”
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki for “The Tree of Life”
Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community - National Film Preservation Foundation, in recognition of for its work in the preservation and dissemination of endangered, culturally significant films
Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema - “The Mill and the Cross”
 

This article is related to: Terrence Malick, Gary Oldman, Tilda Swinton, J.C. Chandor


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.