This commences Awards Week. It’s sort of the first round leading up to the Oscars, with the Broadcast Critics Association handing out the Critics Choice Awards on Friday (VH1, 8pm). And then on Sunday, the Hollywood Foreign Press passes out the Golden Globes (NBC, 8pm).

During the week, there are two significant awards to be addressed in New York. The more realistic one is from the New York Film Critics Circle. Tonight, they honor “The Hurt Locker,” director Kathryn Bigelow, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Christoph Waltz and’Mo’Nique. The latter, who still doesn’t get it, won’t attend. “Precious” director Lee Daniels will accept for her. Even so, the New York Film Critics are simply that, the main reviewers in the most important city. The public doesn’t attend, and there are no membership fees.

Then on Tuesday night the National Board of Review tosses a gala. For $600, you can buy a ticket to this thing. The NBR will give an award or a citation to just about every movie that come out this year with the exception of “Precious.” (They tossed Gabby Sidibe “Breakthough Performance” as a bone but otherwise ignored it.) They are giving Clint Eastwood his annual award because his archivist, Jeanine Basinger, is on their board. Eastwood gets Best Director for “Invictus“’even though even the DGA didn’t include him this year, and “Invictus” has turned out to be a disappointment. That doesn’t stop the NBR!

Meryl Streep didn’t get Best Actress ‘ they gave it to Carey Mulligan of “An Education” ‘ but Meryl will be there because her movie, “It’s Complicated,” was given Best Ensemble. “Up” will get Best Animated Feature, so Disney will buy a table. But where does that leave Fox Searchlight’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox“? Fox Searchlight has no other nominees, which means “no table” to the NBR. So they’re giving Wes Anderson “Special Achievement in Filmmaking.” What is the special achievement? Isn’t “Mr. Fox” just another animated film? But doesn’t it also star ‘ wait for it ”George Clooney and Meryl Streep? And won’t they be there anyway? Eureka!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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