Brokeback Mountain. The Constant Gardener. Capote. Good Night, and Good Luck. Just a few films that are deserving of official kudos in this artificial yearly segment we call “Awards Season.” Fall is the time for the studios, mini-majors and indies to trot out their most notable of notables for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Foreign Press, Independent Spirit Awards, various guilds and unions, the public and of course for the critics. The New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association as well as groups from cities all over the world have awards announcements and dinners, while publications correlate the information in charts, graphs and columns in the vain attempt to look smarter than the other guy.
In Good Night, And Good Luck, writer-director-co-star George Clooney and writer-producer Grant Heslov, along with a stellar cast and financiers not averse to risk-taking, have combined to create one of the most original and important American films in recent memory. Overtly political without being preachy, Good Night, And Good Luck is arguably the most important American film since Warren Beatty‘s Bullworth.