Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards 2014


Southeastern Film Critics Association announced their winners for the year 2014. Wes Anderson's bittersweet zany-ride, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" took awards for best picture, original screenplay and ensemble. Richard Linklater was awarded best director for "Boyhood" while Patricia Arquette also won best supporting actress for the film. "Force Majeure" won foreign language film prize while "Life Itself" was given best documentary. The dry spell was broken and Julianne Moore finally won best actress prize for "Still Alice" after having lost many to actresses like Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon in the recent days. Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Picture:
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Academy Awards 2015 Predictions (The Battle of Boys and Birds)


Welcome to my second last Oscars nomination predictions for the year. Next time would be my last. So awards race huh? Boyhood has been pretty much winning everything with Birdman behind it. They are both after each other with one probably having a broader appeal across the board and the other mostly adored by the acting branch of the Academy with some technical support. Beyond these two it is anyone's game. Academy will go for 9 nominations as it usually does. It is difficult to come up with a list of nine potential nominees, it always is because you are predicting what 'they' would like more or to be honest, what they would like to see get nominated. Beyond Boyhood and Birdman the critics darlings, you have the two Brit-genius men-biopics as well as Selma. Those would make perfect five when it comes to Academy. Go a little further and you have other films with critical appeal and perhaps their own particular cinematic charm that one would expect be enough for the Academy. I am talking about Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel. After that, you have a few films battling to get in the final few tight spots. Academy's voting process has baffled me for quite a few years. What happened to 5 choices for 5 nominees? Or 10 for 10? At one side you have films like Gone Girl, Unbroken, Foxcatcher and Nightcrawler. Then on the further outside, A Most Violent Year, Into the Woods, American Sniper and Interstellar. Can they make it? Who knows? I am confident about my 1-8 choices though.

Even in the best director category, Linklater, Inarritu and DuVernay would be my best bets. When you talk about acting categories. Jennifer Aniston has come up as a surprise contender. Then you have Robert Duvall who may benefit from the weak category. Jake Gyllenhaal would probably surprise, he has got lots of traction for his performance from critics. He does face a battle with Steve Carell though. I have never been great at predicting many of the technical categories (except editing and cinematography). Well, below are my predictions based on their best chance at a nomination:

BEST PICTURE:-

1. Boyhood
2. Birdman
3. Selma
4. The Imitation Game
5. The Theory of Everything
6. Whiplash
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. Gone Girl
9. Unbroken

Alternate: Foxcatcher

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nevada Film Critics Society Awards 2014


Very interesting choices from the Nevada Film Critics Society in their 2014 awards announcement. "Gone Girl" won its first best picture prize with the group, they also awarded Rosamund Pike from the film. The only two awards won by the David Fincher directed thriller. Boy is Julianne Moore loosing steam. Anyways, "Nightcrawler" was the big winner of the night winning awards for director (Dan Gilroy), lead actor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and for screenplay. "Boyhood" won awards for youth performance and supporting actress, Patricia Arquette had a tie with Jessica Chastain. "Interstellar" wins its second cinematography prize of the season. Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Film - Gone Girl

Friday, December 19, 2014

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2014


Florida Film Critics Circle just announced their award winners for 2014. "Birdman" won the best picture and Michael Keaton won best actor for the film. On the other hand, Richard Linklater won best director for "Boyhood" which also won supporting actress for Patricia Arquette. That is all. The critics at FFCC really spread their love. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was the biggest winner of the night with three awards in categories, original screenplay, production design and ensemble. "Gone Girl", "Whiplash" and "Interstellar" all won two awards each. Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Picture: Birdman

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards 2014


Las Vegas Film Critics Society announced their winners a short while ago. "Birdman" had yet another sweep, "Boyhood" yet again a no show. This is troubling! The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film won picture, director, lead actor, screenplay, cinematography, score and ensemble. Reese Witherspoon has another win for "Wild" while Tilda Swinton won supporting actress for her strangely fascinating performance in "Snowpiercer". This group had a unique pick for costume design, awarding it to "Guardians of the Galaxy" which also won best action film. They had many awards to give, there is a big list of them which you can check out below. Oh and LVFCS gets plus points for awarding the song "I Love You All" from "Frank". Check out the winners:

Best Picture: BIRDMAN

Phoenix Critics Circle Awards 2014


Phoenix Critics Circle announced their winners for the year 2014. I didn't know they even existed, I mean Phoenix gets to have a "Film Critics Society" and "Critics Circle"? Anyways, "Birdman" walked away with five awards. The most of course in categories, picture, director, lead actor, supporting actress and screenplay. "Force Majeure" and "Ida" tied for best international film. They also gave some genre awards to best comedy, sci-fi/horror and mystery/thriller films which is cool. Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Picture:
Birdman

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Utah Film Critics Association Awards 2014


Utah Film Critics Association announced their winners for the best of 2014. In a rare turn, "Boyhood" was completely overlooked across the board. "Birdman" won best picture and its filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was awarded with best director. Michael Keaton won the best lead actor award and the screenplay was recognized as well. Rosamund Pike continues her winning streak, so does J. K. Simmons. Jessica Chastain went away with supporting actress prize for "A Most Violent Year". "We Are the Best!" was given best non-English feature. Check out below to see the full list of winners:

Best Picture:
Birdman

Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2014


Austin Film Critics Association awarded their best picture prize to "Boyhood", which also won the awards for best director, supporting actress and best Austin film. Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Rosamund Pike have been winning lots of critics prizes of late. Not to forget the Swedish film "Force Majeure". "Birdman" as usual won awards for cinematography and score. And Gillian Flynn adds yet another trophy to her 2014 awards collection for "Gone Girl". Check out below to see the full list of winners:

Best Film: Boyhood

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2014


Phoenix Film Critics Society gave their best picture award, as well as five others to "Birdman". The film scored big overall winning several including lead actor, editing, cinematography, score and ensemble. Rosamund Pike yet again won best actress, becoming a big rival for both Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard. Keira Knightley pulled off a surprise win in supporting actress category for "The Imitation Game", her first win this awards season. They sure have many categories here, winners includes "Edge of Tomorrow" and "Into the Woods" in several extra sections. Oh "Boyhood"? Well it just won one award for director Richard Linklater. Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Picture:
Birdman

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2014


Chicago Film Critics Association announced their award winners for the year. "Boyhood" as usual picked up the main prize as well as best director, supporting actress and editing. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Birdman" tied for best cinematography. The former also won awards for art direction and original screenplay. The great "Life Itself" won best documentary while "The LEGO Movie" continues to sweep animated film prizes. Damien Chazelle was awarded most promising filmmaker. Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Picture:
"Boyhood"