Best Picture – Boyhood
Best Director – Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actress – Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Screenplay – Birdman
Best Ensemble – Birdman
Best Documentary – Life Itself
Best Foreign Film – Two Days, One Nights
Best Animated Feature – The LEGO Movie
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Use of Music = Get on Up
Best Debut Director winner – Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Breakthrough Performance – Jack O’Connell, Unbroken

New York Film Critics Online Top 10
Guardians of the Galaxy
Imitation Game
Most Violent Year
Mr. Turner
Theory of Everything
Under the Skin


You would not believe the sheer volume of critics awards that are about to come at you. For our purposes, the most important critics are: the New York Film Critics, the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the National Society of Film Critics, the AFI’s Top Ten and the Broadcast Film Critics. You could maybe add Chicago and Boston if you wanted to. The other groups mostly serve to form a critical consensus but these really are the big ones.  As they come in, there will be a certain point where people stop caring. I can’t really tell when that point happens but jokes will be made at the expense of the smaller groups because by then it will seem like everyone and their brother and their mother had critics awards to announce. Essentially these groups are all pretty much the same people rescrambled in a different order.

Either way, this weekend, believe it or not, Los Angeles makes their big statement. Last year they opted, as did New York and the National Society, not to award the best reviewed film of the year, 12 Years a Slave, going instead for a tie between Gravity and Her.  They stepped outside the box a bit with James Franco for Spring Breakers… remember that? Bruce Dern won Best Actor while Cate Blanchett won Best Actress.

This year, there will be some speculation, I’m sure, as to which direction they will go. I would expect them to go for Birdman, Boyhood or something outside the consensus, like Under the Skin or even something foreign, like Ida. You just never know how those wacky voting members will go.

Tomorrow, the Boston Critics Online announce their awards. Sunday, LAFCA and Boston, plus  New York Film Critics online. Monday the AFI announces.  After that, the bigger announcements of the SAG awards and the Golden Globes.  We will be putting up a contest for LAFCA and AFI in just a little while.

In the meantime, here is a great rundown of the coming awards from Maverick’s Movies:

Saturday, December 6th- Washington DC Area Film Critics Award Nominations

Sunday, December 7th – Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

Sunday, December 7th- British Independent Film Awards

Sunday, December 7th- Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Sunday, December 7th- New York Film Critics Online Awards

Monday, December 8th- AFI Top 10 List Announced

Monday, December 8th- Washington DC Area Film Critics Awards

Monday, December 8th- Online Film Critics Society Nominations

Wednesday, December 10th – SAG Awards Nominations Announced at 6 AM PT

Thursday, December 11 – Golden Globe Nominations Announced at 5 AM PT

Friday, December 12- Detroit Film Critics Society Nominees

Friday, December 12- African American Film Critics Association Awards

Sunday, December 14th- San Francisco Film Critics Awards

Sunday, December 14th- Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

Monday, December 15th – Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations

Monday, December 15th- Online Film Critics Society Awards

Monday, December 15th- Chicago Film Critics Awards

Monday, December 15th- Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Awards

Tuesday, December 16th- Toronto Film Critics Awards

Wednesday, December 17th- Black Reel Award Nominations

Thursday, December 18th- Utah Film Critics Awards

Friday, December 19th- Detroit Film Critics Society Awards

Friday, December 19th- Florida Film Critics Society Awards

I’ll keep updating as I learn more.



New York Film Critics Online

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Best Debut Director: Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
  • Best Ensemble Cast: American Hustle
  • Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
  • Best Supporting Actor:  Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is The Warmest Color
  • Best Documentary: The Act Of Killing
  • Best Animated Feature: The Wind Rises
  • Best Use Of Music: Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Best Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
  • Best Cinematography:  Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
  • Best Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color

It was a very good day for Bret Easton Ellis in Los Angeles yesterday – although he hates Michael Haneke and Amour almost as much as he thinks Kathryn Bigelow is overrated and praised only because she’s a woman, he got some backing by the LA Film Critics yesterday when they shut out Zero Dark Thirty for the top two prizes.

As the awards watchers hunched over their Tweetdecks, and publicists watched hoping for a win, and contenders waited it out to see who won, the Los Angeles Film Critics, one of the oldest critics groups in the country, waged war against the general consensus. At the same time, the Boston Film Critics Society, formed back in the 1980s, quietly announced their winners without fanfare. The New York Film Critics Online, like LA, were tweeting their reactions to the voting, to the winners, and to those who didn’t win.  This happened in one day, over a span of a few hours, the drama unfolded on Twitter echoing the good, the bad and the ugly of the human nature we’re all stuck with.

The Los Angeles Film Critics tried so hard to come out from among them and be ye separate and it almost worked. They were almost able to pull off the claim that they  just liked these other films better. They would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for a few pesky tweeters who betrayed (some of their) true motivations from behind closed doors. Was it the champagne they were drinking? Is it Twitter’s freeform style that allows us to admit much more than we otherwise would? Or was their desire to strike back stronger than their need for credibility? Does the awards race not matter to them until it suddenly does matter?  It’s hard to say. But when you start reading tweets like “at least it wasn’t Zero Dark Thirty” or “anything but “Daniel Day-Lewis”  the clouds begin to part and the angels sing.  It wasn’t really a vote for anything, was it. It was a vote AGAINST something else.

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Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Best Debut Director: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Best Ensemble Cast: Argo
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Best Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal
Best Use of Music: Django Unchained – Mary Ramos
Breakthrough Performance: Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Animated Feature: Chico and Rita
Best Documentary: The Central Park Five
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour




BEST ACTOR: BEST ACTOR – MICHAEL SHANNON for Take Shelter (runners-up: MICHAEL FASSBENDER for Shame and GARY OLDMAN for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)



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Tomorrow, the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Film Critics will announce, along with the Los Angeles Film Critics.   They should all drop around the same time.  The LA Film Critics have a twitter and they said they’ll be tweeting their awards LAFilmCritics they say it will be “category by category, approx. 10am to 2:30 p.m. PT tomorrow.”  The New York Film Critics Online also have a Twitter, @nyfco2011 and they are voting around 11am PT.  So it will be a busy morning.  Boston, I’m not sure what time their votes come down.   But their Twitter is @TheBSFC.

Starting with the New York Film Critics online, they have only matched Best Picture with Oscar once in their entire history and that was for Slumdog Millionaire. They picked The Social Network over the King’s Speech, Avatar over The Hurt Locker, There Will Be Blood and Diving Bell and the Butterfly over No Country for Old Men, The Queen over The Departed, The Squid and the Whale over Crash, Sideways over Million Dollar Baby, and Lost in Translation over Return of the King. So the chances of their picking a film that will go on to win Best Picture is mighty slim. I’m going to bet they go with either Melancholia or Tree of Life.

Meanwhile, Boston is a little more reliable, Oscar-wise.  Although they too opted for The Social Network over the King’s Speech last year, you have to go back to Brokeback to find a year they didn’t agree with Oscar about Best Picture.  They even went with The Departed (although how could they not).  The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire.  Prior to Brokeback, they rarely matched with Oscar – it was Sideways, Mystic River, The Pianist, Mulholland Drive, Almost Famous, etc. You have to go all the way back to 1993 when it was Schindler’s List to find a match.

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