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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.  

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.

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.

“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?

AFI Announces its “Movie of the Year” contenders

It’s getting to that time of year when you’re going to be hearing a lot about the same ten odd movies that are doing the rounds and snatching up awards from pretty much every movie institution. With the Oscars two months away we’re at the bottom of a steep climb, but its always good to see how different people are reacting to different films in the lead-up. Most recently the AFI have announced the films that will battle it out for their Film of the Year. They have a list for television shows too, including Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones and Fargo, but we’ll be sticking to the films here. So without further ado, the list!

AMERICAN SNIPER
BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
BOYHOOD
FOXCATCHER
THE IMITATION GAME
INTERSTELLAR
INTO THE WOODS
NIGHTCRAWLER
SELMA
UNBROKEN
WHIPLASH

Not a bad looking list as it goes. American Sniper is an interesting addition, given it hasn’t seen much award attention so far. The only real surprise nominee is Into the Woods, which hasn’t been around nearly long enough to get the same kind of attention as the other heavyweights. That, and it isn’t nearly as serious. But hey, I haven’t seen it yet, so who knows?

Is there a film you think the AFI cruelly left out this year?

David Oyelowo joins PSIFF recipients

More news from the Palm Springs International Film Festival!

The Wrap has reported that David Oyelowo, who stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, has been named as the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor. Oyelowo will join an esteemed list of winners of this award, including Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Huffman, Jeremy Renner and Lupita Nyong’o.

Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspiring march from Selma to Montgomery in 1955. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as Bevel, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Release in theatres is scheduled for Christmas Day.

Names of award winners for the PSIFF have been pouring in over the last couple of weeks. So far the list includes Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, Richard Linklater and Julianne Moore Here’s the list as it stands so far:
Rosamund Pike – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress (Gone Girl)
David Oyelowo – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor (Selma)
J.K. Simmons – Spotlight Award, Actor (Whiplash)
Eddie Redmayne – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress (Still Alice)
Reese Witherspoon – The Chairman’s Award (Tracks)
The Theory of Everything – Ensemble Performance Award
Richard Linklater – Sonny Bono Visionary Award (Boyhood)

As if this weren’t already a list that was bustling with heavyweights, we still have yet to hear who will be receiving the awards for Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, or the Icon Award. Oyelowo is definitely a deserving addtion to this list. We will keep you updated as the announcements continue.

The ceremony will take place on Jan. 3, 2015.

Excited to see Selma?

Crash Course: “Whiplash” Director Damien Chazelle discusses the creation of film

Did you know that the amazing movie Whiplash  is based on writer-director Damien Chazelle’s experiences as a young musician? Oh, you did? Well I didn’t.

The film starring J.K. Simmons and up-and-comer Miles Teller will most likely be a keen contender in Oscar race thanks to its raw, unforgiving look at the regiment of jazz music and the complexities of a mentor relationship. With that in mind, it’s always a treat when you get to look inside a director’s brain and see how he or she takes to the art of film-making.

It’s only a short clip, but here’s Chazelle discussing his inspiration for Whiplash at a recentHarol Lloyd Masters Seminar at the AFI Conservatory, available on the AFI website:

What’s your take on Chazelle’s inspiration? Has it got your creative juices going?

Gotham Awards – All the Winners

The Gotham Independant Film Awards made a lot of people very happy on Monday. Boyhood, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People all had multiple nominations, and the good thing about this particularly ceremony is its unpredictability, if not for its nominees then for its winners. Last year Inside Llewyn Davis beat 12 Years a Slave for Best Feature, and relative unknown Fruitvale Station took home Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan respectively.

I’m not gonna mix all the winners up in a few paragraphs and make you pick them out, because that’s not cool. So here are the winners of the 2014 Gotham Awards. Have a look!

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Love Is Strange
Under the Skin

Best Actress

Julianne Moore in Still Alice — WINNER
Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Gugu Mbatha-Raw — Beyond the Lights
Scarlett Johansson — Under the Skin
Mia Wasikowska — Tracks

Best Actor

Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER

Bill Hader — The Skeleton Twins
Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
Oscar Isaac — A Most Violent Year
Miles Teller — Whiplash

(Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum received a special Gotham Jury Award from the Best Actor nominating panel for their collective performances in Foxcatcher.)

Steve Carell accepting his prize...the award I mean, not Meryl Streep.
Steve Carell accepting his prize…the award I mean, not Meryl Streep.

Best Documentary

CITIZENFOUR — WINNER                                                                                Actress                                                                                                                                  Life Itself                                                                                                              Manakamana                                                                                                                          Point and Shoot

Spotlight on Women Filmmakers “Live the Dream” Grant

Chloé Zhao, director — Songs My Brothers Taught Me — WINNER
Garrett Bradley, director, Below Dreams 
Claire Carré, director, Embers

Independent Film Audience Award

Boyhood — WINNER

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Ana Lily Amirpour in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — WINNER
James Ward Byrkit — Coherence
Dan Gilroy — Nightcrawler
Eliza Hittman — It Felt Like Love
Justin Simien — Dear White People

Breakthrough Actor
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People — WINNER

Riz Ahmed — Nightcrawler
Macon Blair — Blue Ruin
Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
Joey King — Wish I Was Here
Jenny Slate — Obvious Child

Phew, well there we have it. Birdman was the only film to win multiple awards and it was a relief to see Foxcatcher take away a special award in the end. It was a good mix of winners and the nominations overall reflect perfectly where the real talent was hiding this year.

What did you think of the winners? Any travesties of justice?

Man of the moment: richard linklater to receive visionary award for “boyhood”

And the good news just keeps on coming! Legendary writer and director Richard Linklater has been recognised by the powers that be of  the Palm Springs International Film Festival to receive the Visionary Award for his work on Boyhood, released earlier this year. A clown car of worthy actors have been selected for some of the most coveted awards at the festival, and they’ll have to make some room in the boot for Linklater. Here’s a list of a few of the winners announced so far:

1. Rosamund Pike – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress (Gone Girl)

2. J.K. Simmons – Spotlight Award, Actor (Whiplash)

3. Eddie Redmayne – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor (The Theory of Everything)

4. Julianne Moore – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress (Still Alice)

The PSIFF Awards have served as a pretty dependable early warning system for Oscar nominations, so this is the best sort of news for all involved.

Director Linklater and "Boyhood" star Ellar Coltrane: just two dudes hanging out in a truck.
Director Linklater and “Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane: just two dudes hanging out in a truck.

Festival Chairman Harold Matzner describes Linklater’s Boyhood as “…A one of a kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast”, and especially praises Linklater for “…his creative innovations in filmmaking…”.

The full name of the award is the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, and the previous winners combined are a check-list of untouchable film makers: Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Hazanavicius and Tom Hooper. The awards will be hosted by Cartier, in case you were wondering.

To be honest I was certain Linklater would take the Director of the Year award, but the Visionary award is it’s own special medal of prowess and exuberance in the field.

This is really only the start of the announcements, though. Many award winners are yet to be named, including the recipients of Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, the Icon Award, the Chairman’s Award and the Ensemble Performance Award. We’ll keep you updated as the info comes in, so keep those peepers peeled!

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from January 2nd-12th 2015. The Gala Awards will be held on January 3rd .