Oof. The Chicago critics just produced a list of very boring frontrunners down the line, so I'm going to check in on what's happening with the Foreign Language Film category. Critics awards seem to be splitting between three contenders, with each of them winning several prizes so far- Two Days, One Night, Force Majeure (below) and Ida. I think we should expect all three to make the Foreign Film cut at the Oscars, and that might be a tough one to call on Oscar night, with none of them particularly audience friendly (Sweden's Force Majeure comes closest).
CHICAGO CRITICS WINNERS
- Picture: "Boyhood"
- Director: Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
- Actor: Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
- Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
- Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
- Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
- Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
- Adapted Screenplay: Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl"
- Animated Feature: "The Lego Movie"
- Documentary: "Life Itself"
- Foreign: "Force Majeure"
- Editing: Tom Cross, "Whiplash"
- Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman," and Robert D. Yeoman, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
- Original Score: Mica Levi, "Under the Skin"
- Art Direction: "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
- Promising Filmmaker: Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"
- Promising Performer: Jack O'Connell, "Starred Up," "Unbroken"