Well, the first critics award has been revealed and our girl Meryl has snagged the honor from the NYFCC for her role in The Iron Lady. To be honest, I'm not super attuned to what specific critics societies historically look for in performances or films. I've been perusing the awards sites pretty voraciously over the past couple of months, and they have shown a relatively broad consensus on most things, yet some of the choices by the NYFCC were pretty far out. Hence my lack of understanding on what to expect I guess. Interestingly they apparently choose acting awards based on an actor's whole year, not just individual films (?) because both Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain had more than one movie listed behind their names. On the other hand, maybe the circle only includes the films they think contributed to the actor being honored (?) because I think Jessica was in like six films or something this year. Whatev. Back to Meryl.
This is her record-breaking fifth award from the NYFCC, being formerly tied with Sissy Spacek evidently. What's my overall reaction? I'm no doubt pleased that Meryl was honored, and it definitely causes more buzz around her, but again, it's still so fucking early. At the very least we've been offered a viewpoint of her role from a reputable group of films critics, not merely a bunch of smarmy pundits who scathingly predict her performance and the film to be a colossal failure.
I still can't believe I have to last over a month until see this g-d film. I'm sure it'll be well worth the wait. Until then, keep rollin', Mary Louise.