Critics’ Choice Awards: The Good, the Abusive and the Boring

Critics’ Choice Awards:  The Good, the Abusive and the Boring

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher

Date:  Friday, January 12, 2018

As a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, I always look forward to the Critics’ Choice Awards and don’t want to exhibit a “sour grapes” attitude because the other critics don’t agree with most of my votes.

The red carpet had some very good interviews. The facilities and press room were sufficient, and it was ridiculous to see Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor, stand in a long line for the men’s room.

Also, some terrific movies were honored, including the top acting award bestowed on Gary Oldman for DARKEST HOUR, who delivered a heartfelt, “God bless you,” after his acceptance speech. It was also nice to see that WONDER WOMAN, one of MOVIEGUIDE®’S AWARD WINNING MOVIES FOR 2017, got recognized too.

However, there were some strange picks for movies and television programs that nobody is watching, and some which are abusive in several ways. It was also strange to see, just like the Golden Globes, that they honored THE SHAPE OF WATER, a movie with bestiality about a woman seduced by a monster. The good news is that the monster did not look like Harvey Weinstein. There’s no doubt the votes reflected the worldview of the voters.

It was nice, however, to see that the show was cleaner than the year before, although there was a steady drumbeat promoting the “Me Too” campaign, which sometimes has become a little hypocritical and sanctimonious.

It was a surprise last night that there were fewer A List stars, writers and directors in the audience at the Critics’ Choice Awards. It’s great and rather revealing to see some actors make terrific career choices, while other actors seem to shoot themselves in the foot year after year.

Now, if only Hollywood’s new concern about sexual abuse and harassment would carry over and ensure that the new crop of movies and entertainment avoids even the hint of sexual exploitation. . . .