Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Austin Film Critics Association

FILM: Boyhood

Top 10 of 2014:
  1. Boyhood
  2. Whiplash
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Birdman
  5. Snowpiercer
  6. Nightcrawler
  7. Selma
  8. The Imitation Game
  9. Inherent Vice; Gone Girl 

DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
ACTOR: Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
ACTRESS: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Nightcrawler- Dan Gilroy
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
ANIMATED FEATURE: The LEGO Movie
DOCUMENTARY: Citizenfour
FOREIGN FILM: Force Majeure
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Birdman- Emmanuel Lubezki
SCORE: Birdman- Antonio Sanchez
FIRST FILM: Nightcrawler- Dan Gilroy
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST: Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
AUSTIN FILM: Boyhood
SPECIAL HONORARY AWARD: Gary Poulter, Joe

Phoenix Film Critics Society

PICTURE: Birdman

Top 10 of 2014 (in alphabetical order):
  1. A Most Violent Year
  2. Birdman
  3. Boyhood
  4. Gone Girl
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy
  7. The Imitation Game
  8. The LEGO Movie
  9. The Theory of Everything
  10. Whiplash  
DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
ACTOR: Michael Keaton, Birdman
ACTRESS: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
ENSEMBLE ACTING: Birdman
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler 
YOUTH PERFORMANCE- MALE: Jaeden Lieberer, St. Vincent
YOUTH PERFORMANCE- FEMALE: Lilla Crawford, Into the Woods 
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Grand Budapest Hotel- Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
ANIMATED FEATURE: The LEGO Movie
DOCUMENTARY: Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
FOREIGN FILM: Ida
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Birdman- Emmanuel Lubezki
COSTUME DESIGN: The Grand Budapest Hotel- Milena Canonero
PRODUCTION DESIGN: The Grand Budapest Hotel- Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
FILM EDITING: Birdman- Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
ORIGINAL SCORE: Birdman- Antonio Sánchez
ORIGINAL SONG: "Everything is Awesome," The LEGO Movie
VISUAL EFFECTS: Interstellar
STUNTS: Edge of Tomorrow
LIVE ACTION FAMILY FILM: Into the Woods
OVERLOOKED FILM OF THE YEAR: Edge of Tomorrow 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Toronto Film Critics Association

FILM: Boyhood
runners-up: The Grand Budapest Hotel; Inherent Vice

DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater, The Grand Budapest Hotel
runners-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice; Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

ACTOR: Tom Hardy, Locke
runners-up: Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler; Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

ACTRESS: Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
runners-up: Julianne Moore, Still Alice; Reese Witherspoon, Wild

SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
runners-up: Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice; Edward Norton, Birdman

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
runners-up: Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice; Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

SCREENPLAY: The Grand Budapest Hotel- Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
runners-up: Boyhood- Richard Linklater; Inherent Vice- Paul Thomas Anderson

ANIMATED FEATURE: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
runners-up: The LEGO Movie; Big Hero 6; How to Train Your Dragon 2

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: Force Majeure
runners-up: Ida; Leviathan

DOCUMENTARY: The Overnighters
runners-up: Citizenfour; Manakamana

FIRST FEATURE: The Lunchbox
runners-up: Nightcrawler; John Wick

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chicago Film Critics Association

Home court advantage for Oscar-bound documentary Life Itself about late film critic Roger Ebert
PICTURE: Boyhood
DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
ACTOR: Michael Keaton, Birdman
ACTRESS: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Grand Budapest Hotel- Wes Anderson
ANIMATED FEATURE: The LEGO Movie
DOCUMENTARY: Life Itself
FOREIGN FILM: Force Majeure 
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
ART DIRECTION: The Grand Budapest Hotel- Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
CINEMATOGRAPHY: (tie) Birdman- Emmanuel Lubezki; The Grand Budapest Hotel- Robert Yeoman
EDITING: Whiplash- Tom Cross
SCORE: Under the Skin- Mica Levi
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER: Jack O'Connell, Starred Up and Unbroken
MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Make-Up and Hairstyling Shortlist

Seven films advance to compete for the Best Make-Up and Hairstyling Oscar.  This is the category that in years past have made films like Click, Norbit and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Oscar nominees.  With that a sign must be expressed before reading the list.  The films advancing are:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Maleficent
  • Noah
  • The Theory of Everything

Aw, relief, sort of.  Nothing too extreme or embarrassing to report, even though The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still sucks...and Maleficent and Noah (one was expected, the other, perhaps not) are meh, at best, even considering strong presumably CGI-enhanced design elements.  Strangely no Into the Woods, no Unbroken (all the wound make-up) and, shudder, no Snowpiercer, a film that should (but won't) deal with the technical branches of the Academy.  At least Tilda Swinton showed up in some form.
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