I Love Attending the Critics' Choice Movie Awards! 


David Oyelowo was relaxed at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards held last night at the Hollywood Palladium. The whole world was surprised with his Oscar snub but the actor, who gave one of the best performances of 2014 as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma," seemed to not mind. He remembered me from our red carpet interview when "Selma" opened the Palm Springs International Film Festival. As soon as Oyelowo saw me, he asked, "Palm Springs right?," so...we took a selfie!

That was always the mood at any of the Critics' Choice Movie Awards I've attended. Being a proud voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, we hand out the Critics' Choice Movie Awards annually and it's the awards show I always look forward to attending each year.

Common, who, together with John Legend won Best Original Song at the Critics' Choice with the fantastic "Glory" from "Selma" was also in high spirits. And yes, we took another selfie.



There was a lot of imbibing going on, and the light, airy feel of the awards show lessened the tension felt by the nominees.

The usual suspects won ("Birdman" dominated with 7 awards while "Boyhood" took the top prize of Best Picture), we redeemed some of those forgotten by the Academy (Gillian Flynn, snubbed by the Oscars but won Best Adapted Screenplay for "Gone Girl"), oh and yeah, "The Lego Movie" took home the Best Animated Feature trophy!

Everything is awesome indeed!

Host Michael Strahan gyrated and showed some skin in the beginning of the show ala "Magic Mike." And the whole festivities was televised live on A&E (check out their YouTube page if you missed the show).

My favorite moment of the evening was Jessica Chastain's impassioned speech for diversity. Yes, diversity was alive and well at last night's Critics' Choice Movie Awards, something that's not reflected at the current crop of Oscar nominees.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. For the complete list of nominees, click here.

WINNERS OF THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

Best Picture – “Boyhood”
Best Actor – Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Best Actress – Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Best Young Actor/Actress – Ellar Coltrane, “Boyhood”
Best Acting Ensemble – “Birdman”
Best Director – Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Best Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Best Adapted Screenplay – Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Best Art Direction – Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Anna Pinnock (Set Decorator), “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Editing – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, “Birdman”
Best Costume Design – Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Hair & Makeup – “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Best Visual Effects – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Best Animated Feature – “The Lego Movie”
Best Action Movie – “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Best Actor in an Action Movie – Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Best Actress in an Action Movie – Emily Blunt, “Edge of Tomorrow”
Best Comedy – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Actor in a Comedy – Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Best Actress in a Comedy – Jenny Slate, “Obvious Child”
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie – “Interstellar”
Best Foreign Language Film – “Force Majeure”
Best Documentary Feature – “Life Itself”
Best Song – “Glory”, Common and John Legend, “Selma”
Best Score – Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”

WINNERS BY PICTURE FOR
THE 20thANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BIRDMAN (7 Awards)
Best Actor
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Actor in a Comedy
Best Score

BOYHOOD (4 Awards)
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor/Actress
Best Director

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (3 Awards)
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Comedy

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2 Awards)
Best Hair & Makeup
Best Action Movie

AMERICAN SNIPER (1 Award)
Best Actor in an Action Movie

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1 Award)
Best Visual Effects

EDGE OF TOMORROW (1 Award)
Best Actress in an Action Movie

FORCE MAJEURE (1 Award)
Best Foreign Language Film

GONE GIRL (1 Award)
Best Adapted Screenplay

INTERSTELLAR (1 Award)
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

LIFE ITSELF (1 Award)
Best Documentary Feature

OBVIOUS CHILD (1 Award)
Best Actress in a Comedy

SELMA (1 Award)
Best Song

STILL ALICE (1 Award)
Best Actress

THE LEGO MOVIE (1 Award)
Best Animated Feature

WHIPLASH (1 Award)
Best Supporting Actor

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The Wonderful Sally Hawkins Talks About “Paddington” 


Oscar-nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine,” “Happy-Go-Lucky”) stars as Mrs. Brown in the new delightful “Paddington.” I think she’s the heart of the film playing a sweet and loving adoptive mom of Paddington Bear.

I talked to Hawkins via satellite about “Paddington” and she revealed her attraction to the material and her role.



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“American Sniper” Movie Review – Possible Oscar Winner? 


“American Sniper” received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture but is the movie worthy of all the Academy Awards nods? Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” is a strong biographical war drama based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history.



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What Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Are Saying About Their Oscar Nominations for "The Theory of Everything" 


Focus Features received 6 Oscar nominations, 5 for "Theory of Everything" and 1 for "The Boxtrolls." The studio sent quotes from the nominees including Best Actor contender Eddie Redmayne and Best Actress nominee Felicity Jones. Take a look at the quotes, then watch my fun interviews for both "Theory of Everything" and "The Boxtrolls" below.

“What a great day for everyone at Focus. The five nominations for THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, including one for Best Picture, recognize the heart and hard work that it took to bring this inspirational story to the screen. And the Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film for THE BOXTROLLS is a tribute to our partners at LAIKA, where hundreds of artists literally make magic every day. Congratulations to all our nominees! I’m so proud!”

-- Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features

"THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, for Best Actor- Academy Awards

“I’m so incredibly honored to be recognized by the Academy, and even more thrilled to share this honor with the entire family of filmmakers, cast, and crew of “The Theory of Everything.” This role was a once in a lifetime experience. Congratulations to my fellow nominees, thank you to the Academy, and thank you most of all to Stephen and Jane Hawking.”

-Eddie Redmayne, Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor In A Leading Role (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, for Best Actress in a Leading Role- Academy Awards

“I’m overwhelmed at this incredible news. This is a huge, huge honor. My deepest gratitude to the members of the Academy. I’ll look forward to celebrating this with everyone involved in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Thank you so much.”

-Felicity Jones, Academy Award Nominee for Best Actress In A Leading Role (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, Best motion picture of the year- Academy Awards

"We are honoured that the Academy has recognised The Theory of Everything with five Oscar nominations today especially Eddie and Felicity's incredible performances as Stephen and Jane Hawking. We're delighted that Jóhann and Anthony were also recognised for their work on this film in a year with so many brilliant movies. ”

-- Eric Fellner, co-chairman, Working Title Films, Academy Award nominee for Best Picture (as producer of nominated film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay and Best motion picture of the year- Academy Awards

“Thank you, members of the Academy! I am humbled to learn of our most prestigious nominations. To be in the company of such great writers and producers and artists is a tribute to our film, to our talented team who worked so hard to bring this story to life, and, most importantly, to the extraordinary example provided us all by Jane and Stephen Hawking.”

-- Anthony McCarten, Academy Award nominee for Best Picture (as producer of nominated film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING) and Best Adapted Screenplay (as screenwriter of nominated film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, Best motion picture of the year- Academy Awards

“I am thrilled that the Academy members have embraced THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, as it is truly one of the most inspirational stories I have ever known. I hope our movie inspires people around the world to do as Jane and Stephen Hawking did: to reach beyond their realities and discover the unimaginable.”

-- Lisa Bruce, Academy Award nominee for Best Picture (as producer of nominated film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

“THE BOXTROLLS” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best animated feature film of the year- Academy Awards

“One word - HONORED! We are honored and humbled to accept this nomination in recognition of our amazingly talented cast and crew - the artists, actors, craftspeople, and freaks who brought The Boxtrolls to life. We are eternally grateful to them and to our fearless leaders, producers Travis Knight and David Bleiman Ichioka, for making it all possible. Thank you so much, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, for including us in this great list of nominees! We would be thrilled to sit in the dark and clap for any one of them.”

-- Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, directors of THE BOXTROLLS, Academy Award nominee(s) for Best Animated Feature Film

“THE BOXTROLLS” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best animated feature film of the year- Academy Awards

"What an odd and lovely way to greet the day. I’m overjoyed that the Academy has honored us with this nomination. Cobbled together over well-nigh a decade, THE BOXTROLLS was a labor of unwavering love crafted one frame at a time by a superb community of actors, artists, mad geniuses, steely-eyed pragmatists, and starry-eyed dreamers. I'm so pleased with the recognition of their artistry. It shows that original stories are valued, along with the weird people who make them."

-- Travis Knight, producer of THE BOXTROLLS, Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature Film

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)- Academy Awards

"I'm deeply honored to be nominated for composing this score. Filmmaking is a collaborative medium, and I was lucky to work with artists of amazing caliber on THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING: the actors, the screenwriter, and the director, James Marsh -- who has my gratitude for inviting me to be a part of his team and for being a brilliant, inspiring and generous collaborator. My thanks to the AMPAS members for this recognition."

-- Jóhann Jóhannsson, Academy Award nominee for Best Original Score (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

*** Click on each link to see my full interviews for "The Theory of Everything" and "The Boxtrolls"

"The Theory of Everything" interview with Eddie Redmayne
"The Theory of Everything" interview with Felicity Jones

"The Boxtrolls" interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright
"The Boxtrolls" interview with Sir Ben Kingsley
"The Boxtrolls" interview with Elle Fanning
"The Boxtrolls" directors, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable

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Is "Transformers: Age of Extinction" the Worst Movie of 2014? See Full List of Razzie Nominations! Who Gets Redeemed? 


The Academy just announced the best in cinema of 2014 and now, here comes the Razzie saluting the worst! Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" receives the most nominations, all seven of them including Worst Picture and Screenplay! But somehow, Mark Wahlberg escaped the wrath of Razzie! And I thought he was horrible in the movie!

But this year, the Razzie introduces a new award. Maybe to show the softer side of Razzie! The new category is called the Redeemer Award which highlights previous Razzie regulars who redeemed themselves. My favorite is Ben Affleck who went from "Gigli" to "Argo" to "Gone Girl."

Winners of the 35th Golden Raspberry Award will be revealed on February 21st, the night before the Oscars!

Here's your complete list of Razzie nominees:

WORST PICTURE
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
"Left Behind"
"The Legend of Hercules"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
"Transformers: Age of Extinction"

WORST ACTOR
Kirk Cameron, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
Nicholas Cage, "Left Behind"
Kellan Lutz, "The Legend of Hercules"
Seth MacFarlane, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
Adam Sandler, "Blended"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mel Gibson, "Expendables 3"
Kelsey Grammer, "Expendables 3," "Legends of Oz," "Think Like a Man Too," "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
Shaquille O'Neal, "Blended"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Expendables 3"
Kiefer Sutherland, "Pompeii"

WORST ACTRESS
Drew Barrymore, "Blended
Cameron Diaz, "The Other Woman" and "Sex Tape"
Melissa McCarthy, "Tammy"
Charlize Theron, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
Gaia Weiss, "The Legend of Hercules"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cameron Diaz, "Annie"
Megan Fox, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Nicola Peltz, "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
Susan Sarandon, "Tammy"
Brigitte Ridenour (née Cameron), "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"

WORST DIRECTOR
Michael Bay, "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
Darren Doane, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
Renny Harlin, "The Legend of Hercules"
Jonathan Liebesman, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Seth MacFarlane, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL
"Annie"
"Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?"
"The Legend of Hercules"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
"Transformers: Age of Extinction"

WORST SCREEN COMBO
Any Two Robots, Actors (Robotic Actors), "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
Kirk Cameron & His Ego, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel, "Sex Tape"
Kellan Lutz & Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes, "The Legend of Hercules"
Seth MacFarlane & Charlize Theron, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

WORST SCREENPLAY
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
"Left Behind"
"Sex Tape"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
"Transformers: Age of Extinction"

REDEEMER AWARD
Ben Affleck, from "Gigli" to "Argo" and "Gone Girl"
Jennifer Aniston, from four-time Razzie nominee to "Cake"
Mike Myers, from "The Love Guru" to directing "Supermensch"
Keanu Reeves, from six-time Razzie nominee to "John Wick"
Kristen Stewart, from six-time Razzie winner for "Twilight" to "Camp X-Ray"

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