Wednesday, 18 December 2013

THE RACE IS ON: A look at the 2014 Critics' Choice contenders + Sizing up this year's Best Actor hopefuls in J'can theatre

AND THE NOMINEES ARE: The Broadcast Film Critics' Association on Monday released the list of nominees for the 2014 Critics' Choice Awards. And as could be expected, American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave racked up the lion's share of nods, 13 apiece. Among the other acknowledged films this year: Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Her and Captain Phillips. As for the nominated actors, the usual suspects (Blanchett, Lawrence, Bale and Dench) are all in the mix, but there were a few surprises, namely Brie Larson's Best Actress bid for Short Term 12 and Scarlett Johnson's voice-only performance in Her. Following a snub at the SAG nominations last week, Oprah Winfrey bounced back, claiming a best-supporting actress nod for Lee Daniels' The Butler. Meantime, up for the coveted Best Acting Ensemble are August: Osage County, American Hustle, Lee Daniels' The Butler, 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street. The ceremony of the 19th Annual Awards, to be hosted by Aisha Tyler, will be broadcast on the CW on Jan. 16 at 8:00pm. The Broadcast Film Critics' Association is the largest of its kind (founded in 1995) in the United States and Canada. 

TAKING THE LEAD: By all appearances, it was a banner year for leading actors in Jamaican theatre. Time was, it proved incredibly difficult to select as few as five award-worthy performances to shortlist for the Thespian Spirit Awards. This year, however, we witnessed a marked turning of the tables, with a range of strong candidates making their presence felt. I'm referring to the likes of Chris McFarlane (in Toy Boy), Orrin Scott-Stewart (in Paternal Instinct), Keiran King (pictured, in Taboo) and such long shots as Gaza Boyz' Jomo Dixon, to name only a few. Not to mention the consummately outstanding Glen Campbell, who could earn his umpteenth career nomination for Ladies of the Night and Jerry Benwick in Laveda Thompson's Clue. As we draw closer to nominations week, we're planning on putting the spotlight on the best bets, the possibles and the underdogs in all the major races.

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