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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.  

Trailer for Ethan Hawke’s Pianist Doc “Seymour: An Introduction”

Considering all the time that Ethan Hawke has spent working with acclaimed director Richard Linklater, you would think and hope that the Boyhood actor would have picked up a half-decent directing trick or two. Well, turns out you’d be right, because Hawke has turned his hand behind the camera once again and come out of it with a documentary – and a rather charming documentary at that.

The project is Seymour: An Introduction, a journey into the life and work of legendary piano player Seymour Bernstein. While you may think this is you common or garden story of a tortured musician who burned too bright, you’d be wrong. Damn wrong! Seymour: An Introduction explores Bernstein’s decision to give up a prosperous career as a concert pianist to teach others. The result is heart-warming and thoroughly touching. Have a look at the trailer, courtesy of IFC Films:

If you’re a fan of Linklater’s work, you will certainly see a similar stroke in Hawke’s directorial brush. The actor appears in the film alongside the subject, discussing with him the understanding of the true values of life and music that can only come from experiencing both to the full.  catch this film’s release on March 13th, 2015.

Does Seymour hit all the right notes for you?

Just in Case you Missed it: the 68th BAFTA Award Winners

Hey, I don’t know you buddy. I may think that you would have been waiting on tenterhooks by your TV for the BAFTA’s to air sot hat you could watch your favourite actors and directors of the year to be awarded for working on some of the best films of the year. But maybe you didn’t watch it. maybe you were busy that night, out on a hot date telling the person opposite you how cool and liberating it is to finally have your pilots license so if they want to take a weekend trip to the Isle of man you could totally…OK I may have gone too far with this. Look, you probably know, but maybe you don’t. So without further ado (could we have waited longer? seriously) here are the winners and runners up for the 68th BAFTA awards:

Best Film:
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Outstanding British Film:
’71
The Imitation Game
Paddington
Pride
The Theory of Everything
Under the Skin

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer:
Writer/Director Elaine Constantine – Northern Soul
Writer Gregory Burke, Director Yann Demange – ’71
Writer/Director Hong Khaou – Lilting
Director/Producer Paul Katis, Producer Andrew de Lotbiniere – Kajaki: The True Story
Writer Stephen Beresford, Producer David Livingstone – Pride

Director:
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
James Marsh – The Theory Of Everything
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Leading Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Leading Actress
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Reese Witherspoon – Wild
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Supporting Actor:
Edward Norton – Birdman
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Supporting Actress:
Emma Stone – Birdman
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Rene Russo – Nightcrawler

Original Screenplay:
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Adapted Screenplay:
Jason Hall – American Sniper
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Paul King – Paddington
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything

Animated Film:
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The LEGO Movie

Documentary:
20 Feet From Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Virunga

Film Not in the English Language:
Ida
Leviathan
The Lunchbox
Trash
Two Days, One Night

Original Music:
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman,
Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Mica Levi – Under the Skin

Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
Robert Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski – Ida
Hoyte van Hoytema – Interstellar
Dick Pope – Mr. Turner

Editing:
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Production Design:
Big Eyes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner

Costume Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Sound:
American Sniper
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Special Visual Effects:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Make-Up and Hair:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Short Animation:
The Bigger Picture
Monkey Love Experiments
My Dad

British Short Film:
Boogaloo and Graham
Emotional Fusebox
The Kármán Line
Slap
Three Brothers

EE Rising Star Award:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Jack O’Connell
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley

Well what a is it is. Boyhood still took home a few bits of jewellery but it was nice to see the field open up a bit in preparation for the Oscars. My win of the night? Why J.K. Simmons of course, for his uncompromising performance alongside Miles Teller in Whiplash. Did the image for this article not give it away?

It’s coming to the end of awards season now, with one final big fish to fry. So while it’s been a little tiresome seeing the same movie titles come up over and over again, enjoy them now. You never know what we’ll be chirping about this time next year.

“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.

Almost Famous: Check Out Matthew McConaughey’s “Dazed and Confused” Audition Video

It was certainly gratifying to see Richard Linklater‘s latest triumph Boyhood received a generous amount of attention and awards at the Golden Globes this year. A side effect of all this attention is that people have been refreshing themselves with a look back at the Linklater movie catalogue. The funny thing is that, when this many people start looking backward, a whole bunch of amusing bits and pieces start resurfacing. one such bit or piece is an audition video for Linklater classic Dazed and Confused starring none other than legendary man Matthew McConaughey.

While McConaughey has done a great job establishing himself as an accomplished actor over the last few years with Dallas Buyer’s ClubTrue Detective and Killer Joe, we can’t forget those good old days when he was just a young, bright, bumbling Texan with a hairdo full of dreams. So with that in mind, check out this old footage of a very young McConaughey, courtesy of the Criterion Collection:

What a delightful trip down memory lane that was. Undoubtedly the most surprising thing about this video is that Richard Linklater has seemingly not aged since this video was made. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more nostalgic tidbits like this turning up, because they’re a hell of a lot of fun; and who knows, they might convince McConaughey to bring the old ‘tache back.

Would you have hired McConaughey based on this audition?

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?

The Riddle of Richard Linklater: New Film is a Sequel to Both “Dazed and Confused” and “Boyhood”

There’s two things Richard Linklater does really well: one is making amazing films, the second is his delightful brainteasers. Let’s face it, there’s nothing straightforward or even remotely linear about Linklater’s style of writing or directing and that’s never been a bad thing. But his latest puzzle takes the cake, as he explained how his next project Now That’s What I’m Talking About will be a sequel of sorts to both Dazed and Confused and Boyhood.

The coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused is arguably one of Linklater’s most popular films and remains both a cult favourite and a quintessential high-school movie. On the other hand Boyhood is quickly becoming known as the director’s master-work, spanning twelve years and touching on the notions of memory and maturing in a way no other film has before. So how can Linklater’s next project be a sequel to both?

Rory Cochrane, Jason London and Sasha Jenson in "Dazed and Confused"
Rory Cochrane, Jason London and Sasha Jenson in “Dazed and Confused”.

Well, it is and it isn’t. While the film will follow a smaller character from Dazed and Confused, the story will begin where Boyhood left off, with the character leaving for college. Here’s how Linklater himself explains it to Creative Screenwriting:

        You’ve said in the past that your next film, That’s What I’m Talking           About, is a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. Do you realize           that because so many people love that movie that you’re playing                 with fire?

        Well, I think the word “spiritual” gets me off the hook. I just shot it                 and wrapped it recently, and it has nothing to do with Dazed and                   Confused other than it would be set four years later, when one of the            younger characters went off to college. It’s a party film. It’s really                    about the beginning of school, not the end of the school year. I guess            personally or autobiographically it’s kind of in that realm, but it’s also          a continuation of Boyhood, believe it or not. I don’t know if one film              can be a sequel to two different movies, but it begins right where                    Boyhood ends with a guy showing up at college and meeting his new            roommates and a girl. It overlaps with the end of Boyhood.

That’s What I’m Talking About will star a bunch of hopeful newbies, including Tyler Hoechlin,Zoey Detuch, Ryan Guzman, Blake Jenner, Will Brittain, and Wyatt Russell. We can expect it some time next year of all goes well, and it will be interesting to see how Linklater follows up both of his most celebrated pieces of work.

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?