"Grand Budapest Hotel" Leads BAFTA Nominations! "Selma," "Unbroken" Snubbed! 

BAFTA, the British Oscars, has revealed the nominations for their annual awards and Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" led with 11 nominations including Best Picture where it will duke it out with "Birdman," "Boyhood," "The Imitation Game," and "The Theory of Everything" for the trophy.

But, Ava DuVernay's "Selma" and Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" were completely ignored!

Some surprising twists -- Steve Carell, noted as Best Actor for "Foxcatcher" has been relegated to the Best Supporting Actor category. And I'm happy to report that the British Academy voters gave love to "Nightcrawler" for Best Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), Original Screenplay (Dan Gilroy), Editing (John Gilroy), and my "it's-about-time-they-honor-her" rant, Rene Russo for Best Supporting Actress!

We'll find out the winners on Sunday, February 8th. The BAFTA Awards will be broadcast on BBC One w;ith Stephen Fry performing the hosting honors.

Here's the complete nominations list of the 2015 BAFTA Awards:

Best Film
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Imitation Game"
"The Theory Of Everything"

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

Best Actor In A Leading Role
Benedict Cumberbatch - "The Imitation Game"
Ralph Fiennes - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Jake Gyllenhaal - "Nightcrawler"
Michael Keaton - "Birdman"
Eddie Redmayne - "The Theory Of Everything"

Best Actress In A Leading Role
Amy Adams - "Big Eyes"
Felicity Jones - "The Theory Of Everything"
Julianne Moore - "Still Alice"
Rosamund Pike - "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon - "Wild"

Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Steve Carell - "Foxcatcher"
Ethan Hawke - "Boyhood"
Edward Norton - "Birdman"
Mark Ruffalo - "Foxcatcher"
J.K. Simmons - "Whiplash"

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette - "Boyhood"
Keira Knightley - "The Imitation Game"
Rene Russo - "Nightcrawler"
Imelda Staunton - "Pride"
Emma Stone - "Birdman"

Best Original Screenplay
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo - "Birdman
Richard Linklater - "Boyhood"
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Dan Gilroy - "Nightcrawler"
Damien Chazelle - "Whiplash"

Best Adapted Screenplay
Jason Hall - "American Sniper"
Gillian Flynn - "Gone Girl"
Graham Moore - "The Imitation Game"
Paul King - "Paddington"
Anthony McCarten - "The Theory Of Everything"

Outstanding British Film
"The Imitation Game"
"The Theory Of Everything"
"Under The Skin"

Best Documentary
"20 Feet From Stardom"
"20,000 Days On Earth"
"Finding Vivian Maier"

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

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Elaine Constantine - "Northern Soul"
Gregory Burke, Yann DeMange - "'71"
Hong Khaou - "Lilting"
Paul Katis, Andrew De Lotbiniere - "Kajaki: The True Story"
Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone - "Pride"

Best Film Not In The English Language
"The Lunchbox"
"Two Days, One Night"

Best Animated Film
"Big Hero 6"
"The Boxtrolls"
"The Lego Movie"

Best 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"

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

Best Editing
Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione - "Birdman"
Barney Pilling - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
William Goldenberg - "The Imitation Game"
John Gilroy - "Nightcrawler"
Jinx Godfrey - "The Theory Of Everything"
Tom Cross - "Whiplash"

Best Production Design
Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau - "Big Eyes"
Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana McDonald - "The Imitation Game"
Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis - "Interstellar"
Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts - "Mr. Turner"

Best Costume Design
Milena Canonero - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Sammy Sheldon Differ - "The Imitation Game"
Colleen Atwood - "Into The Woods"
Jacqueline Durran - "Mr. Turner"
Steven Noble - "The Theory Of Everything"

Best Makeup and Hair
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Guardians Of The Galaxy"
"Into the Woods"
"Mr. Turner"
"The Theory Of Everything"

Best Sound
"American Sniper"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"The Imitation Game"

Best Special Visual Effects
"Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes"
"Guardians Of The Galaxy"
"The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies"
"X-Men: Days Of Future Past"

Best Short Film
"Boogaloo And Graham"
"Emotional Fusebox"
"The Karman Line"
"Three Brothers"

Best Short Animation
"The Bigger Picture"
"Monkey Love Experiments"
"My Dad"

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27th Annual Scripter Awards Finalists 

Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" is among the finalists of the 27th annual Scripter Awards which honors both the screenwriter and the author of the book the script is based upon. Winner will be announced on Saturday, January 31.

The 27th Annual Scripter Award Finalists are:

Gillian Flynn, author and screenwriter of Gone Girl

For The Imitation Game, author Andrew Hodges, who wrote the book Alan Turing: The Enigma, and screenwriter Graham Moore

Novelist Thomas Pynchon and screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice

Jane Hawking, author of Travelling To Infinity: My Life With Stephen, and screenwriter Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything

Screenwriter Nick Hornby and author Cheryl Strayed for Wild, adapted from Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

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Edward Snowden Documentary Dominates Cinema Eye Honors 

Laura Poitras' "Citizenfour" won big at the 8th annual Cinema Eye Honors! The fantastic Edward Snowden doc took home four awards including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature and Outstanding Direction.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 8th annual Cinema Eye Honors:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
Directed by Laura Poitras
Produced by Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Laura Poitras

Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Mathilde Bonnefoy

Outstanding Achievement in Production
Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (tie)
Erik Wilson
20,000 Days on Earth

Franklin Dow and Orlando von Einsiedel

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television
The Price of Gold
Directed by Nanette Burstein
Produced by Libby Geist
For ESPN/30 for 30: John Dahl, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons

Audience Choice Prize
Keep On Keepin' On
Directed by Alan Hicks

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film
Finding Vivian Maier
Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
20,000 Days on Earth

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation (tie)
Syd Garon
Jodorowsky's Dune

Heather Brantman & Tim Fisher
Particle Fever

Spotlight Award
Directed by Johanna Hamilton

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking
The Lion's Mouth Opens
Directed by Lucy Walker

Heterodox Award
Directed by Richard Linklater

Legacy Award
Paris is Burning
Directed by Jennie Livingston

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"Guardians of the Galaxy" Gets Writers Guild Nomination! Check Out Full List of Nominees! 

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced their nominees for their yearly awards and I'm very happy to report that Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" received a nod! Woot woot!

It was one of my favorite movies of 2014 (see my Top 10 here) and I'm glad that its zippy, entertaining, but highly heartfelt script is nominated.

I'm also elated that Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" received a nod! That character-driven piece is all about writing (those soliloquies!) that gave Jake Gyllenhaal a great background to play with and director Gilroy (who also wrote the script) a fantastic material to helm!

Winners of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards will be revealed on Feb. 14th! I wonder who will receive a great Valentine from the WGA? Stay tuned...

Here's a complete list of nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:


"Boyhood," Written by Richard Linklater
"Foxcatcher," Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," Written by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guiness
"Nightcrawler," Written by Dan Gilroy
"Whiplash," Written by Damien Chazelle


"American Sniper," Screenplay by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and James Defelice
"Gone Girl," Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel
"Guardians of the Galaxy," Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
"The Imitation Game," Screenplay by Graham Moore; Based on the book "Alan Turing: The Enigma" by Andrew Hodges
"Wild," Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed


"Finding Vivian Maier," Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel; Sundance Selects
"The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz," Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff
"Last Days in Vietnam," Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester; American Experience Films
"Red Army," Written by Gabe Polsky; Sony Pictures Classics

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American Society of Cinematographers Reveal Nominees! 

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) have announced the nominees for their 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards! We'll find out who will win on Feb. 15th when the ASC Awards take place at the Hyatt Recency Century Plaza.

Here's the full list of nominees:

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Unbroken

Óscar Faura for The Imitation Game

Emmanuel Lubezki ASC, AMC for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Dick Pope, BSC for Mr. Turner

Robert D. Yeoman, ASC for The Grand Budapest Hotel

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