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In the hands of most filmmakers, Magic Mike wouldn’t have been Academy Award-winning movie. But in the hands of Steven Soderbergh, whose Erin Brockovich snagged Julia Roberts an Oscar, it just might be. Matthew McConaughey’s supporting role in the male stripper flick has just picked up more Oscar heat, thanks to his Best Supporting Actor win from the New York Film Critics Circle.
The New York Film Critics Circle honors some of the most prestigious flicks of the season, and are one of the major prognosticators of the Oscar nominations ― since the entire country tends to look to New York to set the trends. Last year, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, and The Artist claimed the top prizes.
With an Independent Spirit Award nod also under his belt this year, Matthew’s chances at an Oscar nomination are looking really good. (Almost good as Matthew himself looks, dancing in the near-buff in Magic Mike.) In an intriguing gender reversal, it is often said that women who get naked in movies often have a better shot at awards, but this time it's a guy who's getting the attention for baring his bod. The NY Film Critics Circle recognized him for both Magic Mike and Bernie, but Magic Mike is the flashier, more critically acclaimed role, and will be the one he gets the Oscar nomination for.
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The NY critics also recognized Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field for their impressive performances as the First Couple in Lincoln and Rachel Weisz as Best Actress in the indie romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea. The hunt-for-Osama flick Zero Dark Thirty picked up Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography, and Lincoln won Best Screenplay.
Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis are shoo-ins for Oscar nods, and Rachel's chances are looking a lot better now, too. There's also a lot of heat on Zero Dark Thirty now, with its Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (the first female to ever win) looking to repeat her success with The Hurt Locker.
Did you think Magic Mike was award-worthy?