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NOMINATIONS FOR THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE
Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Whiplash

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood
Ansel Elgort – The Fault in Our Stars
Mackenzie Foy – Interstellar
Jaeden Lieberher – St. Vincent
Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Quvenzhane Wallis – Annie
Noah Wiseman – The Babadook

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Selma

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
Unbroken – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson
Wild – Nick Hornby

BEST CINEMATOGRAPY
Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Interstellar – Hoyte Van Hoytema
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Unbroken – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION
Birdman – Kevin Thompson/Production Designer, George DeTitta Jr./Set Decorator
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
Inherent Vice – David Crank/Production Designer, Amy Wells/Set Decorator
Interstellar – Nathan Crowley/Production Designer, Gary Fettis/Set Decorator
Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
Snowpiercer – Ondrej Nekvasil/Production Designer, Beatrice Brentnerova/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING
Birdman – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
Boyhood – Sandra Adair
Gone Girl – Kirk Baxter
Interstellar – Lee Smith
Whiplash – Tom Cross

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard
Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Foxcatcher
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
Maleficent

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

BEST ACTION MOVIE
American Sniper
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
Fury
Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Tom Cruise – Edge of Tomorrow
Chris Evans – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Brad Pitt – Fury
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow
Scarlett Johansson – Lucy
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy
Shailene Woodley – Divergent

BEST COMEDY
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Top Five
22 Jump Street

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jon Favreau – Chef
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Chris Rock – Top Five
Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Rose Byrne – Neighbors
Rosario Dawson – Top Five
Melissa McCarthy – St. Vincent
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Kristen Wiig – The Skeleton Twins

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
The Babadook
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Interstellar
Snowpiercer
Under the Skin

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Ida
Leviathan
Two Days, One Night
Wild Tales

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Citizenfour
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters

BEST SONG
Big Eyes – Lana Del Rey – Big Eyes
Everything Is Awesome – Jo Li and the Lonely Island – The Lego Movie
Glory – Common/John Legend – Selma
Lost Stars – Keira Knightley – Begin Again
Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

BEST SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

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KEVIN COSTNER, RON HOWARD AND JESSICA CHASTAIN
WILL EACH RECEIVE SPECIAL AWARDS DURING THE CEREMONY

SHOW WILL BROADCAST LIVE ON A&E
FROM THE ICONIC HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM
JANUARY 15TH AT 9PM ET/6PM PT

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(Press Release) The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be revealed at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will broadcast live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15th at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT, the day the Academy Award nominations are announced. This is the first year that the BFCA will partner with A&E to broadcast the show.

Legendary Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan will serve as the show’s host. Strahan is the co-host of the popular morning talk show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” and an Emmy-nominated “Fox NFL Sunday” analyst.  He also serves as special co-host for ABC’s top-rated morning program, “Good Morning America.”

“I am excited to host a night honoring some of the most talented people in the industry,” said Strahan. “‘The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards’ show paves the way for the upcoming awards season, and the best part is that the winners are selected by the very people who make a living watching and reviewing films. It doesn’t get much more competitive than that.”

As announced previously, Kevin Costner, Ron Howard and Jessica Chastain will each receive special honors at the ceremony. Costner, winner of two Academy Awards® and a Primetime Emmy® Award, will be honored with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ celebrating more than three decades of incredible work in film. The LOUIS XIII Critics’ Choice Genius Award, established to honor an icon who has demonstrated unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts, will be presented to multiple award-winning director, producer and actor Ron Howard. Chastain will receive the inaugural ‘Critics’ Choice MVP Award,’ which recognizes an extraordinary actor for their work in several standout movies throughout a single year. She is being saluted for starring in the films Interstellar, Miss Julie, A Most Violent Year (which also earned her a nomination this year), and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

“Birdman” leads this year with thirteen nominations including Best Picture, Michael Keaton for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy, Edward Norton for Best Supporting Actor, Emma Stone for Best Supporting Actress, Best Acting Ensemble, Alejandro G. Inarritu for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Comedy, and Best Score.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” also impressed with eleven nominations, which include Best Picture, Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy, Tony Revolori for Best Young Actor/Actress, Best Acting Ensemble, Wes Anderson for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Comedy.

“Boyhood” was nominated for eight awards including Best Picture, Ethan Hawke for Best Supporting Actor, Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress, Ellar Coltrane for Best Young Actor/Actress, Best Acting Ensemble, Richard Linklater for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and Best Editing.

“Interstellar” earned seven nominations, followed by “Gone Girl” and “The Imitation Game” each with six. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Into The Woods,” “Selma,” and “The Theory of Everything” were each nominated for five awards, while “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Inherent Vice,” “St. Vincent,” “Unbroken” and “Whiplash” are each in the running for four.

“It’s been a great year for movies,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin.  “Filmmakers have demonstrated that riveting, magical and provocative stories can be told in an incredible range of styles and techniques.  The members of the BFCA and our new partners at A&E are proud to salute wonderful films and performances in the traditional categories and a wide variety of popular genres including Comedy, Action and Sci-Fi/Horror.  Audiences love all kinds of movies – and so do we.”

“The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The “The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” are produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.

About BFCA
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics. For additional information about the BFCA and their memberships, visit www.criticschoice.com.

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NOMINEES BY PICTURE FOR THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

22 JUMP STREET (2)
1. Best Comedy
2. Best Actor in a Comedy – Channing Tatum

AMERICAN SNIPER (2)
1. Best Action Movie
2. Best Actor in an Action Movie – Bradley Cooper

ANNIE (1)
1. Best Young Actor/Actress – Quvenzhane Wallis

THE BABADOOK (2)
1. Best Young Actor/Actress – Noah Wiseman
2. Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie

BEGIN AGAIN (1)
1. Best Song – “Lost Stars” by Keira Knightley

BIG EYES (1)
1. Best Song – “Big Eyes” by Lana Del Rey

BIG HERO 6 (1)
1. Best Animated Feature

BIRDMAN (13)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Michael Keaton
3. Best Supporting Actor – Edward Norton
4. Best Supporting Actress – Emma Stone
5. Best Acting Ensemble
6. Best Director – Alejandro G. Inarritu
7. Best Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo
8. Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki
9. Best Art Direction – Kevin Thompson/Production Designer, George DeTitta Jr./Set Decorator
10. Best Editing – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
11. Best Comedy
12. Best Actor in a Comedy – Michael Keaton
13. Best Score – Antonio Sanchez

THE BOOK OF LIFE (1)
1. Best Animated Feature

THE BOXTROLLS (1)
1. Best Animated Feature

BOYHOOD (8)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Supporting Actor – Ethan Hawke
3. Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette
4. Best Young Actor/Actress – Ellar Coltrane
5. Best Acting Ensemble
6. Best Director – Richard Linklater
7. Best Original Screenplay – Richard Linklater
8. Best Editing – Sandra Adair

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (2)
1. Best Action Movie
2. Best Actor in an Action Movie – Chris Evans

CAKE (1)
1. Best Actress – Jennifer Aniston

CHEF (1)
1. Best Actor in a Comedy – Jon Favreau

CITIZENFOUR (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2)
1. Best Visual Effects
2. Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie

DIVERGENT (1)
1. Best Actress in an Action Movie – Shailene Woodley

EDGE OF TOMORROW (4)
1. Best Visual Effects
2. Best Action Movie
3. Best Actor in an Action Movie – Tom Cruise
4. Best Actress in an Action Movie – Emily Blunt

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (1)
1. Best Young Actor/Actress – Ansel Elgort

FORCE MAJEURE (1)
1. Best Foreign Language Film

FOXCATCHER (2)
1. Best Supporting Actor – Mark Ruffalo
2. Best Hair & Makeup

FURY (2)
1. Best Action Movie
2. Best Actor in an Action Movie – Brad Pitt

GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

GONE GIRL (6)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actress – Rosamund Pike
3. Best Director – David Fincher
4. Best Adapted Screenplay – Gillian Flynn
5. Best Editing – Kirk Baxter
6. Best Score – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (11)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Ralph Fiennes
3. Best Young Actor/Actress – Tony Revolori
4. Best Acting Ensemble
5. Best Director – Wes Anderson
6. Best Original Screenplay – Wes Andreson, Hugo Guinness
7. Best Cinematography – Robert Yeoman
8. Best Art Direction – Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
9. Best Costume Design – Milena Canonero
10. Best Comedy
11. Best Actor in a Comedy – Ralph Fiennes

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (5)
1. Best Hair & Makeup
2. Best Visual Effects
3. Best Action Movie
4. Best Actor in an Action Movie – Chris Pratt
5. Best Actress in an Action Movie – Zoe Saldana

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (2)
1. Best Hair & Makeup
2. Best Visual Effects

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (1)
1. Best Animated Feature

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 (2)
1. Best Actress in an Action Movie – Jennifer Lawrence
2. Best Song – “Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde

IDA (1)
1. Best Foreign Language Film

THE IMITATION GAME (6)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch
3. Best Supporting Actress – Keira Knightley
4. Best Acting Ensemble
5. Best Adapted Screenplay – Graham Moore
6. Best Score – Alexandre Desplat

INHERENT VICE (4)
1. Best Supporting Actor – Josh Brolin
2. Best Adapted Screenplay – Paul Thomas Anderson
3. Best Art Direction – David Crank/Production Designer, Amy Wells/Set Decorator
4. Best Costume Design – Mark Bridges

INTERSTELLAR (7)
1. Best Young Actor/Actress – Mackenzie Foy
2. Best Cinematography – Hoyte Van Hoytema
3. Best Art Direction – Nathan Crowley/Production Designer, Gary Fettis/Set Decorator
4. Best Editing – Lee Smith
5. Best Visual Effects
6. Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie
7. Best Score – Hans Zimmer

INTO THE WOODS (5)
1. Best Supporting Actress – Meryl Streep
2. Best Acting Ensemble
3. Best Art Direction – Dennis Gassner/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
4. Best Costume Design – Colleen Atwood
5. Best Hair & Makeup

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

THE JUDGE (1)
1. Best Supporting Actor – Robert Duvall

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

THE LEGO MOVIE (2)
1. Best Animated Feature
2. Best Song – “Everything Is Awesome” by Jo Li and the Lonely Island

LEVIATHAN (1)
1. Best Foreign Language Film

LIFE ITSELF (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

LUCY (1)
1. Best Actress in an Action Movie – Scarlett Johansson

MALEFICENT (2)
1. Best Costume Design – Anna B. Sheppard
2. Best Hair & Makeup

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (1)
1. Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain

MR. TURNER (2)
1. Best Cinematography – Dick Pope
2. Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran

NEIGHBORS (1)
1. Best Actress in a Comedy – Rose Byrne

NIGHTCRAWLER (3)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Jake Gyllenhaal
3. Best Original Screenplay – Dan Gilroy

OBVIOUS CHILD (1)
1. Best Actress in a Comedy – Jenny Slate

THE OVERNIGHTERS (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

SELMA (5)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – David Oyelowo
3. Best Acting Ensemble
4. Best Director – Ava DuVernay
5. Best Song – “Glory” by Common/John Legend

THE SKELETON TWINS (1)
1. Best Actress in a Comedy – Kristen Wiig

SNOWPIERCER (3)
1. Best Supporting Actress – Tilda Swinton
2. Best Art Direction – Ondrej Nekvasil/Production Designer, Beatrice Brentnerova/Set Decorator
3. Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie

ST. VINCENT (4)
1. Best Young Actor/Actress – Jaeden Lieberher
2. Best Comedy
3. Best Actor in a Comedy – Bill Murray
4. Best Actress in a Comedy – Melissa McCarthy

STILL ALICE (1)
1. Best Actress – Julianne Moore

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (5)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne
3. Best Actress – Felicity Jones
4. Best Adapted Screenplay – Anthony McCarten
5. Best Score – Johann Johannson

TOP FIVE (3)
1. Best Comedy
2. Best Actor in a Comedy – Chris Rock
3. Best Actress in a Comedy – Rosario Dawson

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (2)
1. Best Actress – Marion Cotillard
2. Best Foreign Language Film

UNBROKEN (4)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Director – Angelina Jolie
3. Best Adapted Screenplay – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson
4. Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins

UNDER THE SKIN (1)
1. Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie

WHIPLASH (4)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons
3. Best Original Screenplay – Damien Chazelle
4. Best Editing – Tom Cross

WILD (2)
1. Best Actress – Reese Witherspoon
2. Best Adapted Screenplay – Nick Hornby

WILD TALES (1)
1. Best Foreign Language Film

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BIRDMAN – 13 nominations
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – 11 nominations
BOYHOOD – 8 nominations
INTERSTELLAR – 7 nominations
GONE GIRL – 6 nominations
THE IMITATION GAME – 6 nominations
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – 5 nominations
INTO THE WOOD – 5 nominations
SELMA – 5 nominations
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (5)
EDGE OF TOMORROW – 4 nominations
INHERENT VICE – 4 nominations
UNBROKEN – 4 nominations
WHIPLASH – 4 nominations
NIGHTCRAWLER – 3 nominations
SNOWPIERCER – 3 nominations
TOP FIVE – 3 nominations

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DALLAS-FORT WORTH FILM CRITICS NAME “BIRDMAN” BEST PICTURE OF 2014

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association voted the backstage drama BIRDMAN as the best film of 2014, according to the results of its 21st annual critics’ poll released today.

Rounding out the composite list of the top 10 films of the year were

1 BIRDMAN
2 BOYHOOD
3 THE IMITATION GAME
4 THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
5 THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
6 WHIPLASH
7 GONE GIRL
8 SELMA
9 WILD
10 NIGHTCRAWLER

For Best Actor, the association named Michael Keaton for BIRDMAN. Runners-up included Eddie Redmayne for THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2), Benedict Cumberbatch for THE IMITATION GAME (3), Jake Gyllenhaal for NIGHTCRAWLER (4) and Timothy Spall for MR. TURNER (5).
Reese Witherspoon was voted Best Actress for WILD. Next in the voting were Julianne Moore for STILL ALICE (2), Rosamund Pike for GONE GIRL (3), Felicity Jones for THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (4) and Marion Cotillard for TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (5).
In the Best Supporting Actor category, the winner was J.K. Simmons for WHIPLASH. He was followed by Edward Norton for BIRDMAN (2), Ethan Hawke for BOYHOOD (3), Mark Ruffalo for FOXCATCHER (4) and Alfred Molina for LOVE IS STRANGE (5).
For Best Supporting Actress, the association named Patricia Arquette for BOYHOOD. Runners-up were Emma Stone for BIRDMAN (2), Keira Knightley for THE IMITATION GAME (3), Jessica Chastain for A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (4) and Laura Dern for WILD (5).
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was voted Best Director for BIRDMAN. Next in the voting were Richard Linklater for BOYHOOD (2), Wes Anderson for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (3), David Fincher for GONE GIRL (4) and Ava DuVernay for SELMA (5).
The association voted FORCE MAJEURE as the best foreign-language film of the year. Runners-up included IDA (2), WINTER SLEEP (3), LEVIATHAN (4) and WILD TALES (5).
CITIZENFOUR won for Best Documentary over LIFE ITSELF (2), JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (3), THE OVERNIGHTERS (4) and THE GREAT INVISIBLE (5).
THE LEGO MOVIE was named the best animated film of 2014, with BIG HERO 6 as runner-up. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo shared the Best Screenplay award for BIRDMAN over Richard Linklater for BOYHOOD.
The award for Best Cinematography went to Emmanuel Lubezki for BIRDMAN, followed by Hoyte Van Hoytema for INTERSTELLAR. The association gave its award for Best Musical Score to Hans Zimmer for INTERSTELLAR.
The association voted BOYHOOD as the winner of the Russell Smith Award, named for the late Dallas Morning News film critic. The honor is given annually to the best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association consists of 30 broadcast, print and online journalists from throughout North Texas. For more information, visit www.dfwcritics.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @dfwfilmcritics.

CriticsChoiceAwards

This year’s race has kind of been all over the place. The big movies that came in the fall haven’t yet turned into the massive hits people were expecting them to be. Interstellar, despite it having a complicated plot and three hours, has finally surged barely ahead of Gone Girl. It’s still hovering at the top of the box office, however, as people are slowly making their way to see it. Into the Woods will likely do some banging business for the holidays but who would have ever thought that by year’s end the Oscar race would maybe possibly include a single $100 million earner, Gone Girl. And even that film’s fate is held in the balance, knocked way down to #13 by Scott Feinberg, not even predicted at all by Dave Karger at Movie City News.  So what are we looking at here? It’s a confused jumble with some known titles clustered in the middle.

The Critics Choice awards are handed out by the Broadcast Film Critics. They used to be a lot more discerning in whom they allowed to be members — then it turned into a free-for-all where literally guys who used to be forum members at my site are now full fledged members of that association. Almost every Oscar blogger I know is a voting member — save David Poland, who opted out of voting at some point. Every other one though? Jeff Wells, Steve Pond, Anne Thompson, Nathaniel Rogers — you name it, they’re members of the BFCA.  This is the one area where I exercise the only integrity I have because I’ve never joined this group and, in fact, do not vote on any awards leading up to the Oscars. The reason I do this is because I am paid in advertising dollars by studios directly. Most of my pundit friends have editorial overseers — I do not. I started my own business and run my own business. So it’s a sticky area, I think. Some think so, others don’t – either way, however we got here, here we are.

The BFCA values their record of matching up with Oscar more than any other group. The film critics mostly pretend like they’re at the same party with Oscar voters but are embarrassed to be there. The BFCA embrace this — they even expanded their categories to allow for more celebrities to attend their telecast.  I’m really glad they no longer take the stage for a round of applause. That’s progress.

They have virtually zero impact on the Oscars except in the form of publicity. Ben Affleck got off his best joke at the BFCAs when he was “snubbed” for Best Director, saying, “I’d like to think the Academy…” It caught on like wildfire. A speech in front of a camera and an audience is always good publicity and most of the time no one considers anything else.  They aren’t quite on the level of the Golden Globes yet, in terms of eyeballs, but they’re still a televised awards show and thus, that matters. Still, it cracks me up when the muggle press covers them like they’re real critics. They ain’t. Their like the Oscar-flavored version of the People’s Choice awards — somewhere between mainstream and snooty, not unlike industry voters.

I have to admit I’ve always wondered whether they try to vote to match what they think the Academy might do, thus following the lead of prominent Oscar bloggers, or whether they vote for what they actually think is good. Could that many of them really like Nine that much? Their score would indicate no. Same goes for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I find this contradiction to be strange. Shouldn’t their nominees match, at the very least, their highest scores? That leads me to believe that they probably do pick films they think the Academy will pick to maintain their record of matching up. But maybe many voting bodies do the same thing — maybe this is how the consensus is formed in the end: bloggers predict what movies get in, people voting pick those same movies, those movies get picked by the Academy. The classic self-fulfilling prophecy. It messes with your head, doesn’t it?

The BFCA will announce on Monday — you can take a look at their scores below, to see how they have leaned 2014 and in previous years. Somewhere as we speak several bloggers and BFCA members have the embargoed list. They already know what’s going to get nominated. I used to be one who got the list but — since I bitch about them too much I’ve been removed, I think, from that privilege.

The Critics Choice Best Picture nominees are in red. An asterisk* means the Academy also chose the movie as a Best Picture nominee.

2014
Boyhood – 96
Whiplash – 93
Birdman – 91
Guardians of the Galaxy – 91
The Imitation Game – 91
The LEGO Movie – 91
Selma – 90
Gone Girl – 90
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 89
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 88
Nightcrawler – 88
The Grand Budapest Hotel – 87
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – 87
Snowpiercer – 87
The Theory of Everything – 87
Wild – 87
American Sniper – 85
Foxcatcher – 85
Still Alice – 85
The Babadook – 84
Locke – 84
A Most Violent Year – 84
Only Lovers Left Alive – 84
Unbroken – 84

2013
12 Years a Slave – 94*
Short Term 12 – 94
Gravity – 93*
American Hustle – 91*
Captain Phillips – 90*
Blue Jasmine – 89
Philomena – 89*
Dallas Buyers Club – 88*
Fruitvale Station – 88
All Is Lost – 87
Her – 87*
Nebraska – 87*

Stories We Tell – 87
Before Midnight – 86
Mud – 86
Enough Said – 85
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 85
Prisoners – 85
Rush – 85
Saving Mr. Banks – 85
Side Effects – 85
The Spectacular Now – 85
The Wolf of Wall Street – 84*
Lone Survivor – 83
Inside Llewyn Davis – 82
Upstream Color – 82
Lee Daniels’ The Butler – 81
August: Osage County – 80

2012
Argo – 94*
Zero Dark Thirty – 92*
Skyfall – 92
The Avengers – 90
Silver Linings Playbook* – 90
Lincoln – 88*
Django Unchained – 88*
Amour – 87*
Les Misérables – 87*

Life of Pi – 86*
Looper – 86
Beasts of the Southern Wild – 85*
End of Watch – 85
Arbitrage – 84
Moonrise Kingdom – 83
The Impossible – 82
Prometheus – 82
The Master – 81
Flight – 81
Hunger Games – 81
The Road – 79

2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 – 93
The Descendants – 92*
Martha Marcy May Marlene – 92
The Artist – 91*
Drive – 91
The Ides of March – 91
Moneyball – 91*
The Help – 89*
Hugo – 87*
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – 87
Beginners – 85
Midnight in Paris – 85*
My Week with Marilyn – 85
Bridesmaids – 82
War Horse – 80*
Warrior – 80
Contagion – 79
Melancholia – 78
Rampart – 78
Shame – 78
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – 78*
The Tree of Life – 78*
We Need to Talk About Kevin – 78
The Iron Lady – 77
Cloud Atlas – 74

2010

The King’s Speech – 97*
Toy Story 3 – 97*
The Social Network – 95*
True Grit – 95*
Inception – 94*
127 Hours – 90*
The Fighter – 90*
Black Swan – 89*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 87
The Town – 87
The Kids Are All Right – 85*
Winter’s Bone – 85*
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – 84
Secretariat – 83
Another Year – 82
The Ghost Writer – 81
Shutter Island – 81

2009

100 – Me and Orson Welles
100 – Up*
97 – Up in the Air*
95 – An Education*
93 – The Hurt Locker*
93 – Star Trek
92 – (500) Days of Summer
91 – Inglourious Basterds*
91 – Fantastic Mr Fox
89 – Avatar*
89 – Precious*
88 – Julie & Julia
87 – District 9*
86 – A Serious Man*
85 – Sherlock Holmes
85 – The Blind Side*
85 – The Messenger
85 – The Princess and the Frog
83 — Invictus
79 — Nine

I guess I will predict the BFCA Best Picture nominees this way:

Boyhood – 96
Whiplash – 93
Birdman – 91
The Imitation Game – 91
Gone Girl – 90
Selma – 90
Nightcrawler – 88
The Grand Budapest Hotel – 87
The Theory of Everything – 87
Foxcatcher – 85
Interstellar – 80

Also possible:

Wild – 87
American Sniper – 85
Unbroken – 84
Into the Woods – 79

I won’t even guess at the rest of the categories, though I’ll be interested to see how it goes.  How about you?

 

 

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Best Picture

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Imitation Game
  • Under the Skin
  • Whiplash

Best Director

  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  • Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Best Actor

  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
  • Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)

Best Actress

  • Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • Essie Davis (The Babadook)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Gene Jones (The Sacrament)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
  • Agata Kulesza (Ida)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)

Best Screenplay, Original

  • Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolás Giacobone and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  • J. C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year)
  • Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
  • Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Best Screenplay, Adapted

  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
  • Bong Joon Ho and Kelly Masterson (Snowpiercer)
  • Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
  • Nick Hornby (Wild)
  • Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)

Best Cinematography

  • Daniel Landin (Under the Skin)
  • Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal (Ida)
  • Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
  • Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
  • Robert D. Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Editing

  • Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
  • Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione (Birdman)
  • Tom Cross (Whiplash)
  • Leslie Jones (Inherent Vice)
  • Paul Watts (Under the Skin)

Best Production Design

  • David Crank (Inherent Vice)
  • Suzie Davies (Mr. Turner)
  • Ondrej Nekvasil (Snowpiercer)
  • Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Kevin Thompson (Birdman)

Best Animated Feature

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The LEGO Movie
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Documentary

  • Citizenfour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune
  • Life Itself
  • The Overnighters

Best Foreign Language Picture

  • Force Majeure
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Ida
  • Two Days, One Night
  • Wild Tales

Special Citation

  • Blue Ruin
  • The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Listen Up Philip
  • The One I Love

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This is kind of a change in the usual list we see for winners (via Hitfix):

Best Film
“Birdman”

Robert Altman Award
For Best Director
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Best Actress
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Best Supporting Actor
Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“Obvious Child”

Best Original Screenplay
“Birdman”

Best Animated Feature
“The LEGO Movie”

Best Documentary
“CITIZENFOUR”

Vince Koehler Award
Honoring the year’s best sci-fi/fantasy/horror film
“The Babadook”

Cannes 2014: Mr Turner

When is it Timothy Spall’s turn!?

From Hitfix:

European Film
“Ida”

European Comedy
The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer

European Director
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Ida”

European Actor
Timothy Spall, “Mr. Turner”

European Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

European Screenwriter
Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, “Ida”

European Cinematographer (Prix Carlo Di Palma)
Ryszard Lenczewski, Lukasz Zal, “Ida”

European Editor
Justine Wright, “Locke

European Production Designer
Claus-Rudolf Amler, “The Dark Valley

European Costume Designer
Natascha Curtius-Noss, “The Dark Valley”

European Composer
Mica Levi, “Under the Skin”

European Sound Designer
Joakim Sundstrom, “Starred Up

European Animated Feature Film
The Art of Happiness

European Documentary
Master of the Universe

European Short Film
“The Chicken”

People’s Choice Award
“Ida”

European Discovery (FIPRESCI Prize)
The Tribe

European Co-Production Award (Prix Eurimages)
Ed Guiney

European Achievement in World Cinema
Steve McQueen

Lifetime Achievement Award
Agnes Varda
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/ida-timothy-spall-marion-cotillard-win-2014-european-film-awards#R6f06cMwCGMyhGK7.99

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BEST PICTURE
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Under the Skin
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson–The Grand Budapest Hotel
David Fincher–Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu–Birdman
Richard Linklater–Boyhood
Christopher Nolan–Interstellar

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch–The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal–Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton–Birdman
David Oyelowo–Selma
Eddie Redmayne–The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard–Two Days, One Night
Scarlett Johannson–Under the Skin
Julianne Moore–Still Alice
Rosamund Pike–Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon–Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin–Inherent Vice
Ethan Hawke–Boyhood
Edward Norton–Birdman
Mark Ruffalo–Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons–Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette–Boyhood
Jessica Chastain–A Most Violent Year
Laura Dern–Wild
Agata Kulesza–Ida
Emma Stone–Birdman

BEST ORIGNAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman–Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo
Boyhood–Richard Linklater
Calvary–John Michael McDonagh
The Grand Budapest Hotel–Wes Anderson
Whiplash–Damien Chazelle

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl–Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game–Graham Moore
Inherent Vice–Paul Thomas Anderson
Under the Skin–Walter Campbell
Wild–Nick Hornby

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Ida
Mommy
The Raid 2
Two Days, One Night

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Citizenfour
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Tales of the Princess Kaguya

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
Into The Woods
Only Lovers Left Alive
Snowpiercer

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman–Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel–Robert Yeoman
Ida–Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal
Inherent Vice–Robert Elswit
Interstellar–Hoyte Van Hoytema

BEST EDITING
Birdman–Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrion
Boyhood–Sandra Adair
Gone Girl–Kirk Baxter
The Grand Budapest Hotel–Barney Pilling
Whiplash–Tom Cross

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Birdman–Antonio Sanchez
The Grand Budapest Hotel–Alexandre Desplat
The Imitation Game–Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar–Hans Zimmer
Under the Skin–Mica Levi

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Ellar Coltrane–Boyhood
Gugu Mbatha-Raw–Belle/Beyond the Lights
Jack O’Connell–Starred Up/Unbroken
Tony Revolori–The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jenny Slate–Obvious Child
Agata Trzebuchowska–Ida

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Damien Chazelle–Whiplash
Dan Gilroy–Nightcrawler
Jennifer Kent–The Babadook
Jeremy Saulnier–Blue Ruin
Justin Simien–Dear White Peopl

Nominations By The Numbers
9–Birdman
8–The Grand Budapest Hotel
7–Boyhood
5–Whiplash
4–Gone Girl, Ida, Interstellar, Under the Skin
3–The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, Wild
2–Nightcrawler, Two Days, One Night

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(Press Release): Although an especially nasty and vituperative critic was one of the many characters on display in the film “Birdman,” the Chicago Film Critics Association apparently held no grudges, if the nominations for the group’s 2014 film awards are any indication. The hallucinatory black comedy about a washed-up movie star desperately trying to restart his flagging career with a turn on Broadway led all comers with nine nominations, including Best Picture, nods for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Michael Keaton for Best Actor, Edward Norton for Best Supporting Actor, Emma Stone for Best Supporting Actress and additional nominations for Cinematography, Editing and Original Score.

In second place with eight nominations was “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson’s whimsical comedy-drama about a concierge in a posh European hotel who becomes involved in intrigue while the world teeters on the brink of war. In addition to Best Picture and nominations for Anderson for Director and Original Screenplay, it was also cited for Art Direction/Set Production Design, Cinematography, Editing, Original Score and newcomer Tony Revolori landed in the Most Promising Performer category. Following up with seven nominations was “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s intimate epic charting the growth and maturation of a boy over the course of a 12-year shooting period. In addition to Best Picture and Director/Original Screenplay slots for Linklater, there were nominations for Ethan Hawke for Supporting Actor, Patricia Arquette for Supporting Actress, Ellar Coltrane, the boy at the center of it all, for Most Promising Performer and a nod for Best Editing.

The acclaimed indie drama “Whiplash,” charting the battle of wills between a highly ambitious musical prodigy and his teacher, both obsessed with perfection at all costs, came up with five nominations, including Best Picture, Original Screenplay for writer-director Damien Chazelle, Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons’s terrifying turn as the teacher and Best Editing. In a surprise, the fifth Best Picture slot was filled by “Under the Skin,” Jonathan Glazer’s alternately creepy and erotic sci-fi drama about an alien in human form wandering through the streets of Scotland looking for. . . something–the film also earned Scarlett Johannson a Best Actress nod for her performance as the alien as well as slots in the Adapted Screenplay and Original Score categories. The year’s other mind-bending sci-fi film, “Interstellar,” earned Christopher Nolan a Best Director nomination and additional citations for Art Direction/Production Design, Cinematography and Original Score.

Among the other notable standouts in this year’s crop of nominees, British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne find themselves going head-to-head in the Best Actor category for playing troubled geniuses in, respectively, “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything,” the controversial “Gone Girl” received nominations for David Fincher for Director, Rosamund Pike for Actress, author Gillian Flynn for Adapted Screenplay and Editing and the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s screw-loose detective novel “Inherent Vice” earned nominations for celebrated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson for Adapted Screenplay, Josh Brolin for Supporting Actor and Cinematography. Foreign titles were also represented in several key categories as well–beside being cited in the Foreign-Language Film category, “Ida” earned nods for Supporting Actress (Agata Kulesza), Promising Performer (Agata Trzebuchowska) and Cinematography while the wrenching Belgian drama “Two Days, One Night” earned Marion Cotillard a Best Actress nomination. “Life Itself,” Steve James’s celebration of the life and work of the late Roger Ebert, was nominated for Best Documentary alongside such equally acclaimed titles as “Citizenfour,” “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” “Last Days in Vietnam” and “The Overnighters.”

Now in its 25th year, the CFCA will announce its winners during our year-end awards dinner to be held on the evening of December 15, 2014. Follow @ChicagoCritics on Twitter for the real-time announcement.

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Check out the full list below. Winners will be announced Dec. 15. And as always, well, you know: The Circuit.

Best Film
“Boyhood”
“Gone Girl”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Nightcrawler”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

Best Actor
Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Brendan Gleeson, “Calvary”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
Tom Hardy, “Locke”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Hilary Swank, “The Homesman”
Mia Wasikowska, “Tracks”

Best Supporting Actor
Riz Ahmed, “Nightcrawler”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Carrie Coon, “Gone Girl”
Keira Knightly, “The Imitation Game”
Rene Russo, “Nightcrawler”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Best Original Screenplay
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Locke”
“Nightcrawler”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Fault in Our Stars”
“Gone Girl”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Unbroken”
“Wild”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Force Majeure”
“Heli”
“Ida”
“Two Days, One Night”
“Venus in Fur”

Best Documentary
“CITIZENFOUR”
“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”
“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Life Itself”

Best Animated Film
“Big Hero 6″
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″
“The LEGO Movie”
“The Nut Job”

Best Cinematography
“Force Majeure” (Fredrik Wenzel)
“Interstellar” (Hoyte van Hoytema)
“Gone Girl” (Jeff Cronenweth)
“Nightcrawler” (Robert Elswit)
“Unbroken” (Roger Deakins)

Best Editing
“Boyhood” (Sandra Adair)
“Edge of Tomorrow” (James Herbert, Laura Jennings)
“Gone Girl” (Kirk Baxter)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Barney Pilling)
“Nightcrawler” (John Gilroy)

Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pincock)
“Into the Woods” (Dennis Gassner & Anna Pinnock)
“The Theory of Everything” (John Paul Kelly)
“The Imitation Game” (Maria Djurkovic)
“Interstellar” (Nathan Crowley)

Best Score

“Birdman” (Antonio Sanchez)
“Gone Girl” (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Alexandre Desplat)
“The Imitation Game” (Alexandre Desplat)
“Nightcrawler” (James Newton Howard)

Best Ensemble
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”

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BEST FILM

Boyhood
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Under the Skin
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin
Ajejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

BEST ACTOR

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Brendan Gleeson, Calvary
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Tom Hardy, Locke
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS

Essie Davis, The Babadook
Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
JK Simmons, Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
Emma Stone, Birdman
Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

BEST ENSEMBLE

Birdman
Boyhood
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods

BREAKTHROUGH

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash (director, screenplay)
Jennifer Kent, The Babadook (director, screenplay)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle, Beyond the Lights (actress)
Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy (actor)
Dan Stevens, The Guest (actor)

BEST SCREENPLAY

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Nicolas Giacobone and Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
John Michael McDonagh, Calvary

BEST DOCUMENTARY

CitizenFour
Finding Vivian Maier
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Keep On Keepin’ On
Life Itself

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BEST PICTURE (5 nominees)
Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

BEST DIRECTOR (5 nominees)
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

BEST ACTOR (5 nominees)
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
Tom Hardy, “Locke”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

BEST ACTRESS (5 nominees)
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (6 nominees)
Josh Brolin, “Inherent Vice”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Tony Revolori, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (6 nominees)
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
Carrie Coon, “Gone Girl”
Mackenzie Foy, “Interstellar”
Kiera Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (6 nominees)
Birdman
Boyhood
Locke
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler
Whiplash

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (5 nominees)
Gone Girl
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything)
Unbroken

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (6 nominees)
Birdman
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
Nightcrawler
Unbroken

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (6 nominees)
Birdman
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
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BEST ART DIRECTION (6 nominees)
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Turner
Nightcrawler
Snowpiercer
Under the Skin

BEST MUSIC SCORE (6 nominees)
Birdman
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
Under the Skin

BEST MUSIC SOUNDTRACK (6 nominees)
Begin Again
Boyhood
Get On Up
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Whiplash

BEST FOREIGN FILM (5 nominees)
Force Majeure
Gloria
Human Capital
Ida
Two Days, One Night

BEST ANIMATED FILM (6 nominees)
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Penguins of Madagascar

BEST DOCUMENTARY (6 nominees)
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Life Itself
Red Army
Rich Hill

BEST COMEDY (5 nominees)
22 Jump Street
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Obvious Child
St. Vincent

BEST ARTHOUSE (6 nominees)
Boyhood
Calvary
Frank
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Locke
Whiplash

BEST SCENE (6 nominees)
22 Jump Street – End Credits
Birdman – Times Square
The Guardians of the Galaxy – Prison Break
Selma – Church Bombing
Whiplash – Finale drum solo
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Quicksilver Pentagon Escape
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(press release) “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “Gone Girl” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” received the most nominations from the St. Louis Film Critics Association, it was announced Thursday morning.

The organization will announce its winners in 18 categories on Monday, Dec. 15.

“Birdman” led with 9 nominations, followed by “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with 8 nominations, while “Boyhood” and “Gone Girl,” which was filmed in Missouri, received 7 each.

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” directed by St. Louisan James Gunn, “Interstellar,” “The Imitation Game” and “Whiplash” each received 4 nods.

The association, formed in 2004, includes 20 members who are professional film critics for local media outlets and prominent established websites in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

For more information, visit www.stlfilmcritics.org.

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BEST PICTURE/ TOP TEN FILMS OF 2014
A Most Violent Year
Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Imitation Game
The Lego Movie
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Brendon Gleeson, Calvary
Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Hilary Swank, The Homesman
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Logan Lerman, Fury
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J. K. Simmons, Whiplash

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Carrie Coon, Gone Girl
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman

BEST ENSMEBLE ACTING
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods

BEST SCREENPLY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN
A Most Violent Year
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Whiplash

BEST SCREENPLY ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM
American Sniper
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Wild

BEST LIVE ACTION FAMILY FILM
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Muppets Most Wanted

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The Lego Movie
How to Train Your Dragon 2

OVERLOOKED FILM OF THE YEAR
Calvary
Edge of the Tomorrow
Obvious Child
The Skeleton Twins
Snowpiercer

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
IDA
Mood Indigo
The Raid 2

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Citizen Four
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Life Itself
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Everything is Awesome, The Lego Movie
Immortals, Big Hero 6
Lost Stars, Begin Again
Miracles, Unbroken

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Birdman
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
A Most Violent Year
Birdman
Interstellar
Into the Woods
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken

BEST FILM EDITING
Birdman
boyhood
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Into the Woods

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Snowpiercer

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
The Theory of Everything

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

BEST STUNTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
John Wick
Need for Speed
The Raid 2

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE ON CAMERA
Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE BEHIND THE CAMERA
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child
Jon Stewart, Rosewater

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH – MALE
Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Daniel Huttlestone, Into the Woods
Jaeden Lieberber, St. Vincent
Ed Oxenbould, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tony Revolori, The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH – FEMALE
Lilla Crawford, Into the Woods
Mackenzie Foy, Interstellar
Sterling Jerins, And So It Goes

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So excited to see that Gillian Flynn finally won something. The only female writer in the Oscar race has been shunned by the critics (natch) except this group. Good on you, WAFCA, for acknowledging Flynn’s great script and one of the biggest successes of 2014.

THE 2014 WAFCA AWARD WINNERS:

Best Film:
Boyhood

Best Director:
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Best Actor:
Michael Keaton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))

Best Actress:
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Best Supporting Actor:
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Best Acting Ensemble:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Youth Performance:
Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)

Best Original Screenplay:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))

Best Animated Feature:
The LEGO Movie

Best Documentary:
Life Itself

Best Foreign Language Film:
Force Majeure

Best Art Direction:
Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen, Set Decorator: Anna Pinnock (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))

Best Editing:
Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, ACE (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))

Best Original Score:
Mica Levi (Under the Skin)

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The internet hath spoken.

Best Picture
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
The Lego Movie
Mommy
Nightcrawler
Selma
Two Days, One Night
Whiplash
Under the Skin

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best Film Not in the English Language
Ida
The Missing Picture
Mommy
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Two Days, One Night

Best Documentary
Citizenfour
Life Itself
The Missing Picture
National Gallery
The Overnighters

Best Director
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne – Two Days, One Night
Ava DuVernay – Selma
Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Best Actor
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Brendan Gleeson – Calvary
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Essie Davis – The Babadook
Anne Dorval – Mommy
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Suzanne Clément – Mommy
Agata Kulesza – Ida
Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

Best Original Screenplay
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Selma
Two Days, One Night
Whiplash

Best Adapted Screenplay
Gone Girl
Inherent Vice
Snowpiercer
Under the Skin
We Are the Best!

Best Editing
Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Whiplash

Best Cinematography
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Under the Skin

Best Non-U.S. Release (non-competitive category)
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10,000 km
Entre Nós
Han Gong-ju
Hard to Be a God
The Look of Silence
The Salt of the Earth
What We Do in the Shadows
Timbuktu
The Tribe

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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
Birdman
Boyhood
Guardians of the Galaxy
Imitation Game
Most Violent Year
Mr. Turner
Selma
Theory of Everything
Under the Skin
Whiplash

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Awards won so far:

Foreign Language Film: Two Days, One Night
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Ensemble: Boyhood
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night and The Immigrant
Supporting Actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting Actress: Emma Stone, Birdman
Screenplay: TIE Birdman, Boyhood
Cinematography: Birdman
Documentary: CitizenFour
Animated Film: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Best New Filmmaker Award: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Music in a film: Inherent Vice
Editing: Boyhood

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Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Actor: Tom Hardy, Locke
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Foreign Film: Ida
Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Documentary: Citizenfour
Cinematography: Birdman
Supporting Actress: Agata Kuleszka, Ida
Animated: The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Score: Under the Skin, Inherent Vice (TIE)
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
Best Editing: Boyhood

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Film criticism has changed greatly since the 1970s when there were just a few groups that voted on awards and just a handful of people calling themselves critics. A few voices really mattered when I got online and started my site in 2000. Though many of us who were already online and writing about film (I started a film criticism site called cinescene.com before I began this site on the Oscar race, for instance – it still exists but I handed it over long ago) we were considered non-pros. Film critics were an elite group and name branded. Kenneth Turan, Joe Morgenstern, Janet Maslin, Manohla Dargis, AO Scott, Owen Gleibermann, Lisa Schwarzbaum, etc. They were the people whose reviews helped shape the awards season and that made it much easier to separate the critics from the industry.

Now, with explosion of awards sites like mine, and mainstream media getting involved in the Oscar race, you have a giant snake eating its own tale. There is no other way to describe it. The Broadcast Film Critics, for example, write about the awards they vote on.  I see people in the BFCA who compete for Oscar coverage like I do. Yet somehow they’ve reconciled it being okay that they vote on awards and attend a star-packed telecast and are now officially part of the race, no longer observing it. I’ve always found that dynamic bizarre and that’s the main reason I have never joined any critics groups. I belong to the Alliance of Women Film Journalists but I do not vote on their awards. It isn’t that I’m holier than thou or more ethical than the others it’s just that my perspective has always been analysis OF the race and advocacy within it, but it stop short of becoming part of the show itself. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just silliness on my part.  Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

So how did we get here?

Three things:

1. The internet developed a usable web browser and before long anyone and everyone was a voice online, an identity, with many singular people (like me) starting up their own websites to directly compete with the print media, which was mostly slow to get online, particularly in the entertainment industry – specifically, the Oscar race, where there was virtually no online coverage of the race until about 1999.

2. Oscar changed its date around 2003 that pushed the awards back a month, which made it almost impossible for the public to be a deciding factor in the awards race. The focus shifted to film festivals and critics awards rather than box office and star power. Bloggers like me began comparing the awards won by critics to the Oscar race.

3. At the same time, the industry itself was growing in a vastly different direction. The massive number of people writing about movies, debating them on Twitter and calling them early successes or failures was leading to less movies available for awards. Now what we have is way too much demand and not enough supply.

While this was going on, another massive shift was taking place on the consumer side.

1) Screeners, the exodus to television, hand held digital, piracy and VOD. With giant 50 inch flatscreens at home, it was a bit of an adjustment to start feeding voters with screeners but that is what is the norm now, not just for industry voters but for all of the film critics who form groups who put out awards. Those screeners make their way online and suddenly you have a major piracy issue which cuts into profits.

2) Adults pretty much stopped going to the movies for the most part. The Oscar race can still sometimes bring them out but it is not uncommon to have your adult friends tell you that they maybe pay to go to the movies a couple of times a year. Contrast that with teenagers looking for a fun Friday night or single women, for instance, or kids and families and you have a picture of what makes up the majority of the studio fare aimed at ticket buyers. That made it harder and harder to find “Oscar movies” in mainstream Hollywood product: enter the indies.

3) The explosion of the independent film industry feeds into the awards race. If a studio can procure any buzz at all it can make the difference — sometimes — between a million and five million. The independents mostly dominate the Oscar industry nowadays because that is where the movies “they” like tend to exist. Movies like Gone Girl are extremely rare – for a thinking person’s movie that was talked about in the New Yorker, NPR and the New York Times to also make $160 million at the box office? That used to be how the Oscar race worked more so than how it has worked since, oh, say the mid-90s. The small studio offshoots still exist – Focus, Sony Pictures Classics, Fox Searchlight – they have a foothold in the Oscar race more than the big studio movies.  I’m not sure but I think my fellow pundits are greatly underestimating Gone Girl’s chances in the Oscar race. But you know, that’s just me.

China, South Korea and India overtaking global ticket sales freaking Hollywood out. If you head over to Boxofficemojo.com and you check out the international box office takes you’ll notice China’s massive numbers, which compete with America’s and will soon overtake them. This has impacted Hollywood, where profit seems to matter more than anything, though it’s yet to impact the Oscars. That is primarily why the critics still matter, even in their current state, than the public. It wasn’t always this way.

The Oscars are edging slowly towards what Lynda Obst calls the “new normal,” however.  With Gravity last year winning so many Oscars (except Best Picture) and ditto Life of Pi the year before, it seems that they are almost ready to give themselves over to Big Effects Movies with heart. They will have to have actors – not motion capture – and they will have to be touchy feely like Gravity and Life of Pi were. Interstellar was going to be that game changer this year but it is far too divisive to manage that. Instead, your Best Picture winner looks like another that made roughly $25 million, Boyhood.

But before we get too deep into that, I want to stay with the examination of film critics groups – their tremendous rise and what they mean overall. I think that they’re mostly valuable in terms of driving buzz and consensus. For instance, Gone Girl is coming on very strong in this early part of the race, as is Birdman and Boyhood. That could and will likely change how some big name pundits judge the film’s success. Or maybe not. The critics can only sometimes determine a winner. But these days you can’t really be a bomb with the critics and win the Oscar. The last film to get nominated with terrible reviews was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. But transparency with the sheer volume of critical voices now sort of demands that the best reviewed films get in the race.

Can the smaller groups that make outside the box choices like Snowpiercer for Best Picture impact the race? Well, probably not. But the aggregate attention on Tilda Swinton for supporting FOR Snowpiercer might.  What the awards can do is lend prestige — put a sticker on an ad that might make someone pop in the screener, for what that’s worth.

In the end, the thing I have always loved about critics and critics groups in this brave new world we’re living through is that much of it springs from a love of films. This overwhelming attention on the Oscar race springs from that, I think, a desire to see the best films, their favorite films, validated with an award.  Sure, it might all just be a meaningless contest and maybe it’s the high school prom in its last gasp but this part of the race, the critics awards, that is about a celebration of the love of cinema. How can that be a bad thing? I don’t know. You tell me.

So let’s look at our critics groups.

Here is a chart for the rise of critics groups since their beginning.
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And here are the critics groups, when they started, and how many members they have currently. Some of them I couldn’t get the numbers for. Also, there are many crossover names in these groups, like Stephanie Zacharek who is in the National Society, the New York Film Critics Online and one other. If someone would like to make a bigger list of the crossover critics I would very much appreciate it!


Broadcast Film Critics – 1995, 303 members,  (also called BFCA, Critics Choice)
Online Film Critics Society – 1997, 257 members
London Film Critics Circle – 1926, 140 members , (announcing 12/16)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2006, 91 members
National Society – 1966 -57 members
Los Angeles Film Critics – 1975 – 57 members, announcing tomorrow
Washington DC Area Film Critics – 2002 – 55 members
Southeastern Film Critics – 1992 51 members
Chicago Film Critics – 1990 48 members, noms 12/12, winners 12/15
Toronto Film Critics Awards -1999, 39 members
New York Film Critics Online – 38 members
New York Film Critics – 1935 34 members
North Carolina Film Critics – 2012, 32 members, (Jan. 5th, 2015)
Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics 30 – 1990, (announcing 12/15)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards – 1967, 26 
members
Huston Film Critics – 2007, 26 members
Boston Film Critics – 1981, 24 members
Florida Film Critics Society Awards – 1996, 25 members
Phoenix Film Critics –  27 members, 2000
San Francisco Film Critics Awards – 2002, 36 members
Austin Film Critics – 25 members, 2005
Vancouver Film Critics – 20 members , 2000
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association – 2004, 20 members
San Diego Film Critics – 1996, 19 members
Las Vegas Film Critic – 1997, 19 members
Detroit Film Critics – 2007, 18 members
Denver Film Critics – 2009 14 members
Georgia Film Critics – 2011 14 members
Indiana Film Journalists Association – 2009, 10 members
North Texas Film Critics – 2005, 8 members
Nevada Film Critics – 2006, 7 members
Central Ohio Film Critics – 2002
African American Film Critics Association – 2003
Iowa Film Critics – 2003
The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle – 2006

But all of them together only make up 1,570, a tiny fraction of the industry numbers:

SAG awards – 1995 – 100,000
Writers Guild – 1940 – 22,000
Directors Guild Awards – 1948 – 14,500
BAFTAS (after shifting date before Oscars) – 2000 – 6,500
Oscars – 1929 – 6,000
Producers Guild awards – 1989 4,500
Ace Eddies – 1962 -650

Could not find member counts for:
NAACP Image Awards – 1967
Annie Awards – 1972
Golden Reel Awards (MPSE) – 1989
Cinema Audio Society Awards – 1993
Art Directors Guild – 1997
AFI – Top Ten – 2000
VES Awards – 2002

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Best Film:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
Gone Girl
Selma
Whiplash

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Best Actor:
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year)
Michael Keaton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
David Oyelowo (Selma)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Best Actress:
Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Best Supporting Actor:
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
Laura Dern (Wild)
Emma Stone (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)

Best Acting Ensemble:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Selma

Best Youth Performance:
Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)
Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar)
Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent)
Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Noah Wiseman (The Babadook)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything)
Nick Hornby (Wild)

Best Original Screenplay:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie)
Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

Best Animated Feature:
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie

Best Documentary:
Citizenfour
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters

Best Foreign Language Film:
Force Majeure
Ida
Mommy
Two Days, One Night
Wild Tales

Best Art Direction:
Production Designer: Kevin Thompson, Set Decorator: George DeTitta Jr., SDSA (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen, Set Decorator: Anna Pinnock (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Production Designer: Nathan Crowley, Set Decorator: Gary Fettis (Interstellar)
Production Designer: Dennis Gassner, Set Decorator: Anna Pinnock (Into the Woods)
Production Designer: Ondrej Nekvasil, Set Decorator: Beatrice Brentnerova (Snowpiercer)

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Robert Yeoman, ASC (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Hoyte Van Hoytema, FSF, NSC (Interstellar)
Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (Unbroken)
Daniel Landin, BSC (Under the Skin)

Best Editing:
Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, ACE (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Sandra Adair, ACE (Boyhood)
Kirk Baxter, ACE (Gone Girl)
Lee Smith, ACE (Interstellar)
Tom Cross (Whiplash)

Best Original Score:
Antonio Sanchez (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Gone Girl)
Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything)
Mica Levi (Under the Skin)

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC:
Anita
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Kill the Messenger
Selma
X-Men: Days of Future Past

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(Press Release) -The Boston Online Film Critics Association have chosen their winners for 2014. Awards were selected via a system of online voting and announced on their website at www.bofca.com.

After spirited and competitive voting, the recipients of the Third Annual BOFCA Awards are:

BEST PICTURE:
SNOWPIERCER

BEST DIRECTOR:
Alejandro González Iñárritu, BIRDMAN

BEST ACTOR:
Brendan Gleeson, CALVARY

BEST ACTRESS:
Marion Cotillard, TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Edward Norton, BIRDMAN

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Tilda Swinton, SNOWPIERCER

BEST SCREENPLAY:
John Michael McDonagh, CALVARY

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT

BEST DOCUMENTARY:
LIFE ITSELF

BEST ANIMATED FILM:
THE LEGO MOVIE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
BIRDMAN

BEST EDITING:
James Herbert & Laura Jennings, EDGE OF TOMORROW

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Mica Levi, UNDER THE SKIN

THE TEN BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR:
1. SNOWPIERCER
2. UNDER THE SKIN
3. BOYHOOD
4. ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
5. THE BABADOOK
6. TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT
7. BIRDMAN
8. CALVARY
9. INHERENT VICE
10. SELMA

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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.

 

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