Sometimes, it feels as if we are eavesdropping on day-to-day conversations rather than just hearing the usual litany of platitudes and regrets.
Last year, Roger Ebert wrote: "Not all movie awards are created equal. Countless groups bestow their praise on each year's movies, no doubt stirred by honorable motives, as well as a desire to influence the Oscars and get publicity. The Golden Globes are no doubt the best-known of the pre-Oscars, but not necessarily the most respected. For respect, the top of the field is occupied, I think, by the National Society of Film Critics and the American Film Institute."
The full list of NSFC winners (with runners-up in parentheses):
Picture: "Capote" (runners-up: "A History of Violence," "2046")
Foreign Lanuage Film: "Head-On" ("Gegen die Wand") ("2046," "Cache")
Nonfiction flm: "Grizzly Man" ("Darwin's Nightmare," "Ballets russe")
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