Wednesday, 11 February 2015


The Chlotrudis Society isn't technically a critics' organisation, but its membership does contain a number of film writers. It's 100% full of film lovers, however, which makes their annual award nominations always interesting to analyse. As usual, their 2014 crop is a quality one, though I'm as perplexed by their adoration for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman as with all the other groups that have lavished praise upon the overrated comedy. I've made one adjustment to the credits: assistant production manager Johanna Bourson probably ought not to be nominated for Best Production Design for The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears - what about art director Julia Irribarria?! Award winners to be announced on the 22nd of March. All the nominees below:

Best Movie
A Coffee in Berlin
Like Father, Like Son

Best Director
Jan Ole Gerster (A Coffee in Berlin)
Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
Joanna Hogg (Exhibition)
Koreeda Hirokazu (Like Father, Like Son)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida)

Best Actor
Adam Bakri (Omar)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Double)
Fukuyama Masaharu (Like Father, Like Son)
Tom Hardy (Locke)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Miles Teller (Whiplash)

Best Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Anne Dorval (Mommy)
Paulina García (Gloria)
Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive)
Agata Trzebuchowska (Ida)
Robin Wright (The Congress)

Best Supporting Actor
Michael Fassbender (Frank)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Tom Hiddleston (Unrelated)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Supporting Actress
Suzanne Clément (Mommy)
Eva Green (White Bird in a Blizzard)
Agata Kulesza (Ida)
Lydia Leonard (Archipelago)
Imelda Staunton (Pride)
Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)

Best Original Screenplay
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolás Giacobone and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
Steven Knight (Locke)
Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida)
Justin Simien (Dear White People)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson – based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon (Inherent Vice)
Andrew Bovell and Stephen Cornwell – based on the novel by John LeCarré (A Most Wanted Man)
Nick Damici and Jim Mickle – based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale (Cold in July)
Ari Folman – based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem (The Congress)
Gary Hawkins – based on the novel by Larry Brown (Joe)
Lukas Moodysson – based on the comic book by Coco Moodysson (We Are the Best!)

Best Cinematography
Philipp Kirsamer (A Coffee in Berlin)
Daniel Landin (Under the Skin)
Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal (Ida)
Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
Lyle Vincent (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night)
Robert D. Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Editing
Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
Steve M. Choe and Kim Chang Ju (Snowpiercer)
Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione (Birdman)
Anja Siemens (A Coffee in Berlin)
Bill Weber (The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden)
Justine Wright (Locke)

Best Production Design
Marco Bittner Rosser (Only Lovers Left Alive)
David Crank (Inherent Vice)
Suzie Davies (Mr. Turner)
Julia Irribarria (The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears)
Ondrej Nekvasil (Snowpiercer)
Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Use of Music in a Film
A Coffee in Berlin
God Help the Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Only Lovers Left Alive
Under the Skin
We Are the Best!

Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Like Father, Like Son
We Are the Best!
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Best Documentary
Finding Vivian Maier
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Life Itself
Particle Fever
Tim’s Vermeer
To Be Takei

Buried Treasure
Ilo Ilo
Rocks in My Pockets
The Strange Little Cat
Uzumasa Limelight
The Way He Looks