Time magazine’s Richard Corliss wants to know. He’s writing about the various critics’ films awards and how this year, the audience faves ain’t taking home the gold.
“That’s the deal with critics’ awards. They give prizes to whom they damn well please. No problem with that; it’s their gig, and obviously they should pick their favorites. (The choices are fine with me: No Country for Old Men, Persepolis and No End in Sight are all on my 10 best.) But these laurels factor into publicity campaigns for the Oscars and Golden Globes; often they are the campaigns. It’s the way we critics contribute to the art-industrial complex. Our prizes certainly help determine which films get nominated, setting in motion the next round of ballyhoo before the final prizes are handed out. So almost all the nominees will be from worthy obscurities that can’t draw much of an audience in the theater or, when the awards shows are aired, on TV.”