The movie-awards season has officially begun, with the IFP Gotham Awards announced last night and the New York Film Critics Circle voting today, announcing their winners as they choose them. (Why not just wait and send out one press release with the entire list? Well . . . you got me.) Most of the NYFCC awards are still to be announced, but one film has already turned up on both lists: Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station,” named best first film by the NYFCC and best breakthrough director (Coogler) and breakthrough actor (Michael B. Jordan) by the Gothams. None of this means much, particularly as in the next few weeks we’re about to be deluged by countless movie awards, but I wanted to draw a little attention to this because “Fruitvale Station” is a wonderful movie, and the kind that often gets forgotten by year’s end. The based-on-fact story about the last day of a young Bay Area man before he is killed by a transit official, “Fruitvale Station” was briefly in theaters last summer, and impressed me for the honesty of its acting (particularly Jordan and Octavia Spencer) and the confidence of the directing — you would never have guessed that Coogler had never made a feature before. A haunting film, and one which I remember well many months after seeing it — and that’s not true for most of the movies I see. Glad it’s being recognized. If you missed it in theaters and are intrigued, it’ll be out on DVD etc. next month.
December 3, 2013 at 9:05 AM