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Michael Keaton to Star and Produce in Comic Adap “Imagine Agents”

Given Michael Keaton‘s swan song to his Batman-ish movie past with his performance in last year’s Birdman, it would be a little odd to discover that the former comic book hero has another comic adaptation in the works right? Well, get ready to feel all kinds of odd, because Keaton’s got another one in the works.

Slashfilm is reporting that Keaton is on board  to produce and star in the big screen adaptation of Imagine Agents, a comic book written by Brian Joines and drawn by artist Bachan. What’s Imagine Agents you ask? It follows an agency that polices and surveys children’s imaginary friends, keeping them in check when necessary.  If you imagine that Men in Black merged with Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends in an amusing amorphous mass, you’d be more or less there. Here’s a description of Imagine Agents from the creators of the series:

“Ever try to wrangle an illiterate, 30-foot tall rock monster away from his 5-year-old best friend? Or calm down a 400 pound muscle-man rag-doll during her daily temper-tantrum? For Dave and Terry, it’s all in a day’s work. As agents for I.M.A.G.I.N.E., they are responsible for keeping your imaginary friends in-line… Little do they know that six-year-old Elliot and his best bear-friend, Furdlgurr, are about to be entangled in a plan to change everything!”

This looks to be a far cry from Keaton’s rubber suit. The actor will be starring as a veteran agent who takes a young recruit under his wing. Michael Sugar from Anonymous Content and Boom! Studios’ Ross Richie are on board to produce, while Stephen Christy and Eli Selden have been brought on as exec producers.

There’s no word as yet on who will be starring opposite Keaton as his eager recruit, but this could be an ideal environment for some new blood, especially with Keaton to carry the star weight.

We all know that non-denominational comic books (not Marvel or DC) don’t have a strong  predictability of success, falling  anywhere between Kick-Ass and RIPD. Hopefully Imagine Agents will fall in the former camp.

 

I Watched the 2015 Academy Awards and All I Got was this Lousy Winners Post

Well here it is and there it went. Last night the 87th Academy Awards had millions in America glued to their TV’s and laptops, and millions of people in other time zones showing up a little late for work this morning.  If you had a chance to watch it then you’ll know it was something of a humdinger. Even though an awards ceremony can never quite love up to the hype that accumulates over previous months, positive or otherwise, it was a solid stack of television celebrating some of the best movies of 2014. So how about we get to the winners? Here’s the list of nominees and winners in each category:

Best Picture:
American Sniper
WINNER: Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Actress:
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
WINNER: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Director:
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress:
WINNER: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
WINNER: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Animated Feature:
WINNER: Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of  the Princess Kaguya

Best Original Screenplay:
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo,Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jason Hall, American Sniper
WINNER: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice

Best Original Score:
WINNER: Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner

Best Original Song:
“Everything is Awesome,” The Lego Movie
WINNER: “Glory,” Selma
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars,” Begin Again
“Grateful,” Beyond the Lights

Best Documentary Feature:
WINNER: Citizenfour

Last Days In Vietnam
Virunga
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth

Best Film Editing:
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
WINNER: Whiplash
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Cinematography:
WINNER: Emmanuel LubezkiBirdman
Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Best Production Design:
WINNER: 
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into The Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Animated Short:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
WINNER: Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Visual Effects:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
WINNER: Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Sound Editing:
WINNER: American Sniper

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Birdman
Unbroken

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
WINNER: Whiplash

Best Live Action Short:
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
WINNER: The Phone Call
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh

Best Documentary Short:
WINNER: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Best Foreign Language Film:
WINNER: Ida (Poland)

Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Costume Design:
Colleen Atwood, Into The Woods
WINNER: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner
Anna B. Sheppard, Maleficent
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Foxcatcher
WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

There you have it boys and girls. As you probably know we were hoping that Simmons would take home Best Supporting Actor and it  was refreshing to see comedy drama take Best Picture. We’ll be going through our reactions to all the winners hopefully later on today, and maybe some suggestions of who should have won… Because who else is doing that!? Just kidding.  

“Guardians” and “Edge of Tomorrow” Surprise Winners at the Critics’ Choice Awards

It may not have the glamour of the Oscars or the public drunkenness of the Golden Globes, but the Critics’ Choice Awards is up there with the most sought after awards of the season. Not as desirable as the Hasty Pudding Man/Woman of the Year obviously, but still pretty good. Not only that, but also pretty surprising in some cases when it comes to the winners. The ceremony took place last night and filled some gaps that may have been left vacant by the Academy. Have a look, courtesy of Deadline:

BEST PICTURE
Boyhood
BEST ACTOR
Michael Keaton, Birdman
BEST ACTRESS
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater, Boyhood 
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Birdman
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman
BEST COMEDY
The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Michael Keaton, Birdman
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
BEST SONG
“Glory,” Common/John Legend, Selma
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Lego Movie
BEST ACTION MOVIE
Guardians of the Galaxy
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
BEST SCI FI/HORROR MOVIE
Interstellar
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Life Itself
BEST CINEMATOGRAPY
Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
BEST EDITING
Birdman, Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
BEST ART DIRECTION
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero
BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Guardians of the Galaxy
BEST SCORE
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure (Sweden)

So it was a good night for Birdman (there’s been a few of those recently), taking home 7 awards including Best Picture, Best Ensemble, Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical (both for Michael Keaton). A surprise multi-award winner was Guardians of the Galaxy, taking home 2 awards for Hair and Makeup and Action Movie. A lot of films that didn’t make the Oscar nominations took home some metal: Life Itself took Best Documentary, Force Majeure took Best Foreign Film, and The Lego Movie snagged Best Animated Feature. Not only that, but Obvious Child and Edge of Tomorrow came right out of left field with Best Actress in a Comedy and Action Movie respectively.  A lot of single winners this year which always makes for a good mix of films, even if Birdman did get a little greedy. Once again Selma came up short with one win for Best Song but got more than Theory of Everything, Foxcatcher or Mr Turner, all of which went home empty handed. All in all, a solid mix of winners at the 20th Critics’ Choice Awards. Here’s a list of how many wins each film got:

Wins by film:
Birdman – 7
Boyhood – 4
The Grand Budapest Hotel – 3
Guardians of the Galaxy – 2
American Sniper – 1
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 1
Edge of Tomorrow – 1
Force Majeure – 1
Gone Girl – 1
Interstellar – 1
Life Itself – 1
The Lego Movie – 1
Obvious Child -1
Selma – 1
Still Alice – 1
Whiplash – 1

Did your favourite get a piece of the action?

It’s On Mother-Filmers! 87th Academy Award Nominations Announced in Full

Well, you asked for it, and here it is! After months of build-up and speculation and drips of category nominations here and there, the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences has officially announced via its website the full list of nominees for the 87th Academy Awards. there are gonna be some films in this list that you’ve seen in a hundred different lists since their release, but I guarantee that there is a surprise or two in a category or two. Which categories you ask? Like I’d tell you that! You’ll just have to read them all for yourself. It’ll take a while to go through the whole thing so I’ll get a sandwich while you do.

PICTURE:
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash 

DIRECTOR:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher 
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

ACTOR:
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

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

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
American Sniper – Jason Hall
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

ANIMATED FEATURE:
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
Robert Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski – Ida
Dick Pope – Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins – Unbroken

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

ANIMATED SHORT:
The Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove
A Single Life – Joris Oprins

LIVE-ACTION SHORT:
Aya – Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) – Hu Wei and Julien Féret
Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

VISUAL EFFECTS:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

COSTUME DESIGN:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

MAKE-UP & HAIR:
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

FILM EDITING:
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

SOUND MIXING:
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

SOUND EDITING:
American Sniper
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

ORIGINAL SCORE:
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything

ORIGINAL SONG:
“Everything is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie
“Glory” from Selma
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again

Well, no surprises in Picture, Director, Actor or Actress – nothing nominated that we didn’t see coming a mile away. But it’s certainly gratifying to see Robert Duvall getting a nod for his supporting role in The Judge, which was one of my favourite movies of the year.

After getting a little short-changed by other awards ceremonies, Inherent Vice snagged two nominations for Adapted Screenplay and Costume Design…although anyone who goes up against Wes Anderson for Costume Design better come to play. With Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Cinematography, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken managed 3 nominations despite her directorial debut being a little weak at the knees, but was blown out of the water by Interstellar’s not-too-shabby 5 nominations.

Winning the nomination race by far are Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel with 9 a-piece, followed by The Imitation Game with 8, Boyhood, American Sniper and Unbroken with 6. Theory of Everything, Whiplash and Foxcatcher came in fourth with 5 nominations. Of the films nominated for Best Picture, Selma falls short of its competition with only 2 nominations in total (less than Into The Woods with 3!), but that could be immaterial if it takes home Best Picture.

A good day for Marvel too, with three of it’s 2014 releases getting a Visual Effects nomination with not a Peter Jackson movie in sight! As if that weren’t disappointing enough for the Hobbit team, it failed to make the grade for Make-up and Hair which has been trimmed down to a tidy three nominees. For the Brits, Mr. Turner has 4 nominations, although it was a shame that Timothy Spalding didn’t get a nod for his performance as the titular artist.

So that’s the list. We’ll now have to wait until February 22nd to know who comes out on top. I’ll see you there folks.

Golden Globes Winners: Keaton Scoops Up Best Actor

Well folks, we’ve officially cleared the first hurdle. Last night we officially ushered in 2015 with the Golden Globes Awards Ceremony, which took place at the Beverley Hills Hilton. There was the usual combination of red carpet flourishes, stinging jokes and politically charged acceptance speeches (check out George Clooney’s speech, it’s pretty intense).

By all accounts the whole thing went off without a hitch, including the opening monologue from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler which has set the bar incredibly high for whomever takes it on next year. But hey, let’s not talk about next year already – not when we still have this year’s ceremony to go through. So here are the winners below, in the neatest list possible. Take a deep breath before you go through, it’s always longer than you think it will be. Aaaaaand go!

BEST DRAMA
Winner! Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Winner! Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Winner! Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Birdman
Winner! The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Winner! Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Winner! Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Ida
Winner! Leviathan
Tangerines

ANIMATED FILM
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
Winner! How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward NortonBirdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Winner! J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

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

DIRECTOR
Wes Andreson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Winner! Richard Linklater – Boyhood

SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Winner! Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo –Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Winner! Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

ORIGINAL SONG
“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
Winner! “Glory” from Selma
Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Well there you go! For the most part the winners were as deserving as they were expected – I’m especially glad that Leviathan beat Force Majeure to the Best Foreign Film spot – but the big winners by far were Boyhood and Birdman. It was certainly refreshing to see a comedy get such attention at one of the big awards ceremonies, especially as a precursor to the Oscars. My disappointment of the night? Part of me did hope that Jennifer Aniston would snag Best Actress, but unsurprisingly she won out to Julianne Moore and her outstanding performance in Still Alice.

Did you enjoy this year’s Globes?

“Whiplash”, “Inherent Vice” and “The Lego Movie” all up for ACE Eddie Awards

Oh, I’m sorry…did you think that award nominations were only happening in 2014? Did you imagine that the steady stream of news on the critically acclaimed cinematic achievements of the year would magically finish up when we got to 2015? Well think again man, or woman. You haven’t seen anything yet. Cos it’s on. It’s aaaall the way on.

The latest panel is the American Cinema Editors and the ACE Eddie Award nominations, now in their 65th year. If the name didn’t give it away, the awards are all about achievements in editing, which may not seem all that glamourous but it’s one of those things that if it’s done 99% well instead of 100% then that’s what gets noticed and that’s what ruins a film’s chances at all those lovely awards. A bad editing job is basically a shit actor in an otherwise well performed film.

Despite the fact that it’s a more specific achievement, the film titles are really nothing different to what you’ve been seeing the last couple of months. There are TV and Film categories, but I’ll just be showing the four film categories. Even even though there aren’t any surprises, have a look anyway. Courtesy of Deadline:

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)

American Sniper
Joel Cox & Gary Roach

Boyhood
Sandra Adair

Gone Girl
Kirk Baxter

The Imitation Game
William Goldenberg

Nightcrawler
John Gilroy

Whiplash
Tom Cross

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)

Birdman
Douglas Crise & Stephen Mirrione

Guardians of the Galaxy
Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne & Craig Wood

Into the Woods
Wyatt Smith

Inherent Vice
Leslie Jones

Grand Budapest Hotel
Barney Pilling

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6
Tim Mertens

The Boxtrolls
Edie Ichioka, ACE



The Lego Movie
David Burrows & Chris McKay

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)


Citizenfour
Mathilde Bonnefoy

Finding Vivian Maier
Aaron Wickenden

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Elisa Bonora



Not a bad looking list really. For my money it will be either Whiplash or Gone Girl taking the dramatic feature award, Birdman or Grand Budapest Hotel for comedy or musical, The Lego Movie for animated and Finding Vivian Maier for best documentary. We’ll fond out on awards night which for ACE is January 30th.

Who’s your pick?

It’s a Birdman, it’s a painter, it’s the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Nominations!

We have another list of nominations for you today, and it’s a doozy! It’s the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, and there are a lot of films picked for nominations that we’ll be hearing a lot about. Even so, the LFCC has selected a diverse range of British, American and foreign films for their latest batch of awards. Last year there were a lot of surprise winners, including foreign smash Amour for Film of the Year, Ang Lee for Director of the Year, and The Master snatching up awards for Best Actor (Joquain Phoenix) and Best Supporting actor (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). So with the LFCC we get an often more independent take on the award-magnet features of 2014. For the moment we just have the nominations, so it’s anyone’s guess right now. Take a look, care of Deadline:

FILM OF THE YEAR
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Leviathan
Mr Turner
Nightcrawler
The Theory Of Everything
Under The Skin
Whiplash

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Ida
Leviathan
Norte, The End Of History
Two Days, One Night
Winter Sleep

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
The Imitation Game
Mr Turner
Pride
The Theory Of Everything
Under The Skin

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
20,000 Days On Earth
Citizenfour
Manakamana
Next Goal Wins
Night Will Fall

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory Of Everything
Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Essie Davis – The Babadook
Scarlett Johansson – Under The Skin
Julianne Moore – Maps To The Stars
Julianne Moore – Still Alice

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
JK Simmons – Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Marion Bailey – Mr Turner
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Agata Kulesza – Ida
Emma Stone – Birdman

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Tom Hardy – Locke, The Drop
Jack O’Connell – Starred Up, ’71, Unbroken
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory Of Everything
Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emily Blunt – Into The Woods, Edge Of Tomorrow
Felicity Jones – The Theory Of Everything
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game, Begin Again, Say When
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl, What We Did On Our Holiday

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Huttlestone – Into The Woods
Alex Lawther – The Imitation Game
Corey McKinley – ’71
Will Poulter – The Maze Runner, Plastic
Saoirse Ronan – The Grand Budapest Hotel

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jonathan Glazer – Under The Skin
Alejandro G Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Mike Leigh – Mr Turner

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Alejandro G Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Hossein Amini – The Two Faces Of January
Elaine Constantine – Northern Soul
Yann Demange – ’71
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days On Earth
James Kent – Testament Of Youth

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
’71 – Chris Wyatt, editing
Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematography
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – Joe Letteri, visual effects
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, production design
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges, costumes
Leviathan – Mikhail Krichman, cinematography
Mr Turner – Dick Pope, cinematography
A Most Violent Year – Kasia Walicka-Maimone, costumes
Under The Skin – Mica Levi, score
Whiplash – Tom Cross, editing

Mr Turner and Birdman are definitely coming out on top in this list with 7 and 6 categories respectively, but it’s not a bad day to be Under The Skin either. For an indie sci-fi on the r-rated side, the film starring Scarlett Johansson has done pretty well out of this awards season. Julianne Moore hasn’t done too badly either, getting a Best Actress nomination for two different films in the same category (Maps To The Stars and Still Alice). It’s gonna be a treat as always to see what the LFCC chooses as the winners, so we’ll keep you updated as the news comes in.

Who’s your pick for Film of the Year?

Michael Keaton’s Christmas Message: “I’m Batman”

There are a lot of traditions that we look forward to during the Christmas season. One of my particular favourites – and I’m sure it’s one of yours – is an annual Christmas message from veteran actor and word-sayer Michael Keaton. This year, after such a flourish of success with nomination-magnet Birdman, I’ve been looking forward to how Keaton’s traditional Christmas speech reflects his experiences with a modern Hollwood. Now the wait is over, and during an interview Keaton’s Yuletide message was clear, powerful and succinct: “I’m Batman”.

Keaton’s Christmas messages have always been rich with distinctive themes that have run true over the decades of his successful acting career. Those themes include bats, men, batmen, cowls, capes, justice, and the Riddler being the worst kind of dick there is…a dick that tells riddles.

It’s around this time that I like to remember some of my favourite Keaton Christmas messages, and there are so many great moments to choose from. I remember the mesmerising 1988 classic “I’m going to be Batman”, 1990’s “I was Batman, and I’ll be Batman again”, 2000’s unforgettable “Wassuuuuup…I’m Batman” and of course 2012’s “I’m all of the Avengers…also Batman”. I have to say I’m a little surprised this time around: I was sure the message would be along the lines of “I’m Birdman”. But that’s what you get when you try to predict the unpredictable.

Michael Keaton’s dedication to bring such meaning to this dark, winter season, is truly inspirational. His words remind us that we too can be whatever we want to be as we approach the new year. That is of course unless you want to be Batman, because Keaton has made it pretty clear that he’s Batman.

Now that Keaton’s weaved his magic for 2014, all that is left to do is look forward to next year, and the Batman-oriented wisdom Christmas 2015 will surely bring.

If you would like to read the interview that inspired this piece of mania, you can read it here on Shortlist.

 

Golden-eye! Here are the Golden Globe nominations

Awards! AWARDS! We all love awards! Give us more awards! AWARDS! AWAAAAARDS!

Right now that I’ve got that out of my system, here are some awards. These would be the Golden Globes ones by the way. There’s been a lot of talk about American Sniper being snubbed and Selma Director Ava DuVerny getting a best director nod, and there’ll undoubtedly be more of the same in the coming weeks. But for the moment, here’s some lists to keep you going. It’s only films, of course – you know how we operate here. courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

BEST DRAMA
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines

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

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

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

DIRECTOR
Wes Andreson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

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

ORIGINAL SONG
“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
“Glory” from Selma
“Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

So we’re starting to see some much anticipated traction with Selma, snagging nominations in Original Song, Best Drama and Director. Although many would have been expecting an Actor nomination for David Oyelowo. That is not to say that there aren’t some very deserving names in that particular mix. It’s good to see The Grand Budapest Hotel elbowing its way into four categories, and Big Eyes making a big showing. My favourite nomination you ask? Has to be Robert Duvall for Supporting Actor in The Judge.

Are you seeing gold?