Saturday, 20 December 2014

BIRDMAN WINS BIG WITH LAS VEGAS FILM CRITICS SOCIETY


The Las Vegas Film Critics Society has announced an extensive slate of awards winners for films of 2014. The group is perhaps marginally among the more prestigious of the critics' awards, and they've mirrored some of the other recently-announcing groups in shunning Boyhood in the top awards, showing Birdman plenty of love instead. Here are all of the details:

Best Picture
1. Birdman
2. Boyhood
3. Whiplash
4. Nightcrawler
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Wild
7. Selma
8. The Imitation Game
9. Snowpiercer
10. Under the Skin

Best Director
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)

Best Actor
Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Best Supporting Actor
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Supporting Actress
Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)

Best Screenplay
Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)

Best Editing
James Herbert and Laura Jennings (Edge of Tomorrow)

Best Art Direction
Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Costume Design
Alexandra Byrne (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Best Score
Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)

Best Song
'I Love You All' (Frank)

Best Ensemble
Birdman

Best Animated Film
The LEGO Movie

Best Documentary
Citizenfour

Best Foreign Film
Ida

Best Action Film
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Comedy
Top Five

Best Family Film
The LEGO Movie

Best Horror / Sci-Fi Film
The Babadook

Breakout Filmmaker of the Year
Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

Best Youth in Film
Jaede Liberher (St. Vincent)

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill Murray

IDA STILL IN THE RACE AS OSCAR FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM RACE NARROWS TO 9


With so many great titles in the running, out of a record-high 83 eligible selections, the process of slimming the Foreign Language Film Oscar race down to nine was never going to be a pleasant one. Such a shame, though, to note just how many of the year's best films have been nixed, particularly when the current list favours a number of films that didn't exactly need the boost. Anyway, here are the films which will compete for nominations next month on the 15th of January:

  • Accused - Netherlands (Paula van der Oest)
  • Corn Island - Georgia (George Ovashvili)
  • Force Majeure - Sweden (Ruben Ostlund)
  • Ida - Poland (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  • Leviathan - Russia (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  • The Liberator - Venezuela (Alberto Arvelo)
  • Tangerines - Estonia (Zaza Urushadze)
  • Timbuktu - Mauritania (Abderrahmane Sissako)
  • Wild Tales - Argentina (Damian Szifron)

Thursday, 18 December 2014

BIRDMAN TURNS THE TABLE ON BOYHOOD WITH UTAH CRITICS


In a surprising turn, Boyhood was wholly absent from the Utah Film Critics Association's awards for achievements in film this year. Just like last year with 12 Years a Slavethey snubbed the frontrunner in favour of its closest competitor, Birdman. But it wasn't even plain sailing for Birdman, as it too was absent from key categories, losing out in Supporting Actress and Cinematography, for example. All of the details below:

Best Picture
1. Birdman
2. The Imitation Game

Best Director
1. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
2. Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)

Best Actor
1. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
2. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
=  Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Actress
1. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
2. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)

Best Supporting Actor
1. J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)
2. Edward Norton (Birdman)

Best Supporting Actress
1. Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
2. Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)

Best Original Screenplay
1. Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
2. Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
Bong Joon Ho and Kelly Masterson (Snowpiercer)

Best Cinematography
1. Robert Elswit (Nightcrawler)
2. Daniel Linden (Under the Skin)

Best Animated Feature
1. The LEGO Movie
2. The Boxtrolls

Best Documentary Feature
1. Citizenfour
2. The Overnighters

Best Non-English Feature
1. We Are the Best!
2. Two Days, One Night

VILLAGE VOICE POLL 0F 2014: BOYHOOD WINS CRITICS' VOTE


Don't even pretend to be surprised that Boyhood topped the Village Voice's poll of the best films of 2014. Remember when IndieWire did a similar poll? It certainly was similar, only IndieWire had the good grace to stop each list at 50, so I've just stopped at the Top 10. If you wanna find out the full lists (and who wouldn't...), they're over at the Village Voice website. For my abbreviated lists, though, just cast your gaze downward a few degrees:


Best Film
1. Boyhood
2. Under the Skin
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Only Lovers Left Alive
5. Goodbye to Language 3D
6. Two Days, One Night
7. The Immigrant
8. Inherent Vice
9. Whiplash
10. Gone Girl


Best Director
1. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
2. Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
3. Jean-Luc Godard (Goodbye to Language 3D)
4. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
5. Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
=  Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer)
= Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
8. David Fincher (Gone Girl)
9. Takahata Isao (The Tale of Princess Kaguya)
10. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
=   Lav Diaz (Norte, the End of History)
=   Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
=   James Gray (The Immigrant)
=   Joanna Hogg (Unrelated)
=   Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner)
=   Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
=   Lukas Moodysson (We Are the Best!)
=   Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)
=   Ruben Ostlund (Force Majeure)
=   Laura Poitras (Citizenfour)
=   Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights)
=   Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
=   Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (Ellie Lumme)
=   Lars von Trier (Nymphomaniac)
=   Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan)


Best Actor
1. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
2. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
3. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
4. Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
5. Tom Hardy (Locke)
6. David Oyelowo (Selma)
7. Haluk Bilginer (Winter Sleep)
=  Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up)
9. Brendan Gleeson (Calvary)
10. Jack O'Connell (Starred Up)


Best Actress
1. Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant / Two Days, One Night)
2. Scarlett Johansson (Lucy / Under the Skin)
3. Essie Davis (The Babadook)
4. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
5. Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
6. Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive)
7. Isabelle Huppert (Abuse of Weakness)
8. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
9. Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights)
10. Agata Trzebuchowska (Ida)


Best Supporting Actor
1. J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)
2. Edward Norton (Birdman)
3. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
4. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
5. Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)
6. Jonathan Pryce (Listen Up Philip)
7. Tyler Perry (Gone Girl)
8. Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up)
9. Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler)
10. Jeff Goldblum (Le Week-End)
=   Noah Wiseman (The Babadook)


Best Supporting Actress
1. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
2. Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)
3. Elisabeth Moss (Listen Up Philip)
4. Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)
5. Agata Kulesza (Ida)
6. Carrie Coon (Gone Girl)
7. Laura Dern (Wild)
8. Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice)
9. Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac)
10. Carmen Ejogo (Selma)


Best Screenplay
1. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
2. Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip)
3. Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
4. Ruben Ostlund (Force Majeure)
5. Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
=  Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
=  James Gray and Ric Menello (The Immigrant)
=  John Michael McDonagh (Calvary)
=  Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias (Love Is Strange)
10. Ebru Ceylan and Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep)
=   Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Two Days, One Night)
=   Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie)
=   Lukas Moodysson (We Are the Best!)
=   Justin Simien (Dear White People)


Best Animated Feature
1. The LEGO Movie
2. The Tale of Princess Kaguya
3. The Boxtrolls
4. Rocks in My Pockets
5. Big Hero 6
=  The Wind Rises
7. The Book of Life
=  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
=  How to Train Your Dragon 2
=  The King and the Mockingbird
=  A Letter to Momo
=  My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks
=  Song of the Sea
=  Wrinkles


Best Documentary
1. Citizenfour
2. Life Itself
3. Manakamana
4. Jodorowsky's Dune
5. National Gallery
=  The Overnighters
7. The Missing Picture
8. Actress
9. 20,000 Days on Earth
=  Last Days in Vietnam
=  The Last of the Unjust
=  Mistaken for Strangers
=  What Now? Remind Me


Best First Feature
1. The Babadook
2. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
3. It Felt Like Love
=  Nightcrawler
5. Dear White People
6. Obvious Child
=  The Strange Little Cat
8. John Wick
9. 20,000 Days on Earth
=  The Better Angels
=  Butter on the Latch
=  Coherence
=  Ellie Lumme
=  Life Partners
=  Nothing Bad Can Happen
=  Palo Alto
=  See You Next Tuesday
=  Stations of the Elevated
=  Virunga
=  The Way He Looks
=  Whiplash


Best Undistributed Film
1. Blind
2. The Wonders
3. Approaching the Elephant
4. We Come as Friends
5. Stray Dog
=  Tu Dors Nicole
7. Ellie Lumme
=  Horse Money
=  Tokyo Tribe
=  Welcome to New York


Movie Everyone Is Wrong About
1. Birdman
2. Boyhood
3. Foxcatcher
=  Inherent Vice
=  Interstellar
6. The Babadook
=  The Grand Budapest Hotel
=  Ida
=  The LEGO Movie
=  Lucy
=  Still Alice


Worst Film
1. Interstellar
=  Men, Women & Children
=  Transcendence
4. Birdman
5. America
=  Annabelle
=  Child of God
=  The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
=  Gone Girl
=  I, Frankenstein
=  Need for Speed
=  Transformers: Age of Extinction
=  Winter's Tale
=  Wish I Was Here

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

DUBLIN CRITICS' CHOICES MIRROR THEIR PAN-ATLANTIC COUSINS'


It's certainly not just an American thing. Boyhood has triumphed with the Dublin Film Critics Circle, as it wins their awards for Best Film and Director both. Some hangover choices from 2013 exist (due to staggered international release dates), and a few uniquely European preferences can be detected also. But, overall, the Dublin critics' choices bear a fairly strong resemblance to those which we've seen from Stateside journalists. Check it out:


Best Film
1. Boyhood
2. Under the Skin
3. Ida
4. The LEGO Movie
5. 12 Years a Slave
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
7. Two Days, One Night
8. Her
=  Leviathan
10. The Wolf of Wall Street
11. Blue Ruin
=   The Lunchbox

Best Director
1. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
2. Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
3. Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida)
4. Spike Jonze (Her)
5. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
6. Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan)
7. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
8. Yann Demange ('71)
9. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Two Days, One Night)
=  Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie)
11. Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)

Best Actor
1. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
2. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
3. Jack O'Connell ('71)
4. Jack O'Connell (Starred Up)
5. Philip Seymour Hoffman (A Most Wanted Man)
6. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
7. Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up)
=  Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
9. Michael Fassbender (Frank)
10. Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox)
11. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
=   Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins)
=   Tom Hardy (Locke)
=   Joaquin Phoenix (Her)

Best Actress
1. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
2. Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)
3. Essie Davis (The Babadook)
4. Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)
5. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
6. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
7. Kristen Wiig (The Skeleton Twins)
8. Agata Kulesza (Ida)
9. Agata Trzebuchowska (Ida)
=  Mia Wasikowska (Tracks)
11. Emmanuelle Devos (Violette)
=   Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Best Documentary
1. Finding Vivian Maier
2. One Million Dubliners
3. Citizenfour
4. Concerning Violence
5. 20 Feet from Stardom
6. The Unknown Known
7. All This Mayhem
=  Night Will Fall
9. Dinosaur 13
=  Life Itself
11. 20,000 Days on Earth
=   Living in a Coded Land
=   Next Goal Wins
14. The Case Against 8
=   The Missing Picture
=   The Overnighters
=   Showrunners

Best Irish Film
1. Frank
2. Living in a Coded Land
3. Out of Here
4. Calvary
5. Run & Jump
6. One Million Dubliners
7. Gold
8. Standby
9. Noble
10. Unbreakable

Best Breakthrough
Jack O'Connell ('71 / Starred Up / Unbroken)

BOYHOOD TAKES TOP PRIZES FROM AUSTIN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION



The website for the Austin Film Critics Association, should you decide to visit it, claims that the group is 'weird' and 'wildly contrarian', or at least has been... or just tries to be. Not in giving four awards, including Best Picture, to Boyhoodthat's not weird. Nor are the two wins apiece for Nightcrawler and Gone Girl - hardly even slightly contrarian. Ach sure, why would I care? Here are full details of the association's choices this year:

Best Film
  1. Boyhood
  2. Whiplash
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Birdman
  5. Snowpiercer
  6. Nightcrawler
  7. Selma
  8. The Imitation Game
  9. Gone Girl / Inherent Vice

Best Director
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)


Best Actor
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)


Best Actress
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)


Best Supporting Actor
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)


Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)


Best Original Screenplay
Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)


Best Adapted Screenplay
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)


Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)


Best Score
Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)


Best Animated Film
The LEGO Movie


Best Documentary
Citizenfour


Best Foreign Language Film
Force Majeure


Best First Film
Nightcrawler


Best Austin Film
Boyhood


Breakthrough Artist
Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)


Special Honorary Award
Gary Poulter (Joe)

WHO CARES ABOUT THE WOMEN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS?


Every year, the Women Film Critics Circle acts like it has the shit over the other groups announcing en masse through December with its ill-advised, needlessly derogatory, narrow-minded, pointless, poorly written-up categories that reflect on their idiotic understanding of the year in film. Well done, WFCC, you're a bunch of assholes. I wish they were men so I didn't feel like I was doing such a disservice to equality. I kept schtum when I posted their nominations, but fuck it, it's my fucking blog and you're actually reading this and wow. Fs.

Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Best Actress
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Best Family Film
Big Hero 6

Best Movie about Women
Still Alice

Best Movie by a Woman
Selma

Best Foreign Film by or about Women
Two Days, One Night

Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie by or about Women
Girlhood

Best Young Actress
Mira Grosin (We Are the Best!)

Best Comedic Actress
Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)

Best Woman Storyteller (Screenwriting Award)
Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Ida)

Women’s Work / Best Ensemble
Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld and Hilary Swank (The Homesman)

Best Animated Female
‘Winnie’ (The Boxtrolls)

Best Equality of the Sexes
Life Itself
The Skeleton Twins

Best Female Images in a Movie
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Best Male Images in a Movie
Love Is Strange

Worst Female Images in a Movie
Horrible Bosses 2

Worst Male Images in a Movie
Dumb and Dumber To

Special Mention Awards

Best Documentary by or about Women
Citizenfour

Best Screen Couple
The Skeleton Twins

Best Female Action Star
Oprah Winfrey (Selma)

Best Line in a Movie
“Stop whining! Woman up!” (Big Hero 6)

Acting and Activism Award
Rosario Dawson

Adrienne Shelley Award (for a film that most passionately opposes violence against women)
Private Violence

Courage in Acting (taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Courage in Filmmaking
Laura Poitras (Citizenfour)

The Invisible Woman Award (performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)

Josephine Baker Award (for best expressing the women of colour experience in America)
Anita

Karen Morley Award (for best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity)
Belle

A Woman’s Right to Male Roles in Movies
Jessica Chastain (Interstellar)

Mommie Dearest Worst Screen Mom of the Year Award
Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac)
Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac)

Just Kidding Awards

Merry Macho Award
James Franco and Seth Rogen (The Interview)

Best Female Images
Nymphomaniac