"Into the Wild" Leads Critics Choice Noms

I could spend a lot of time celebrating that Into the Wild led the pack for the BFCA's Critics Choice Award nominations with 7, but I won't.

It was a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. I can't think of a more deserving film. I'm not sure how much this helps its Oscar chances, if at all, but I'm glad to see it finally getting the recognition it deserves. It's almost like vindication for all the championing I have done for it.

But the thing is, there are lots of very deserving films this year. And I'm OK with that. 2007 may well be the best movie year of the decade so far...the 1939 of the 21st century. I can't remember the last time a year has been so crowded with great films. I would be thrilled if Into the Wild won. But I would not be devastating if it didn't. Which it probably won't. However, a win for it here may catapult it into the final five at the Academy Awards, so who knows?

In other categories, I was glad to see Alexandre Desplat's haunting score to Lust, Caution getting some love...and I hope it's the first of many.


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