Boston Online Film Critics Love "Snowpiercer" 


The Boston Online Film Critics released their picks for the best of the year and "Snowpiercer" emerged on top winning the Best Picture of the Year award!

Here's the full list of winners:

Best Picture
"Snowpiercer"

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"

Best Actor
Brendan Gleeson, "Calvary"

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"

Best Supporting Actor
Edward Norton, "Birdman"

Best Supporting Actress
Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer"

Best Screenplay
"Calvary" (John Michael McDonagh)

Best Foreign Language Film
"Two Days, One Night"

Best Documentary
"Life Itself"

Best Animated Film
"The LEGO Movie"

Best Cinematography
"Birdman" (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best Editing
"Edge of Tomorrow" (James Herbert, Laura Jennings)

Best Original Score
"Under the Skin" (Mica Levi)

Best Ensemble
"Birdman"

Top 10
1. "Snowpiercer"
2. "Under the Skin"
3. "Boyhood"
4. "Only Lovers Left Alive"
5. "The Babadook"
6. "Two Days, One Night"
7. "Birdman"
8. "Calvary"
9. "Inherent Vice"
10. "Selma"

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"Citizenfour" Tops IDA Documentary Awards 


"Citizenfour," the Edward Snowden documentary from director Laura Poitras, was named the Best Feature documentary of the year according to the International Documentary Association which revealed the winners of the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards.

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards"

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Robert Redford

PIONEER AWARD
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

PRESERVATION AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Rithy Panh

EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AWARD sponsored by Red Fire Films and Modern VideoFilm
Darius Clark Monroe

BEST FEATURE AWARD
CITIZENFOUR
Director: Laura Poitras
RADiUS-TWC, Participant Media, and
HBO Documentary Films

BEST SHORT AWARD
TASHI AND THE MONK
Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
HBO Documentary Films

BEST CURATED SERIES AWARD
INDEPENDENT LENS
Executive Producer: Sally Jo Fifer
Deputy Executive Producer: Lois Vossen
Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with PBS

BEST LIMITED SERIES AWARD
TIME OF DEATH
Executive Producers: Cynthia Childs, Dan Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Alexandra Lipsitz
Co-Executive Producer: Miggi Hood, Sandy Shapiro
Showtime
BEST EPISODIC SERIES AWARD
OUR AMERICA WITH LISA LING
Executive Producers: Amy Bucher, Gregory Henry, Lisa Ling, David Shadrack Smith
OWN

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES AWARD
PLANET MONEY MAKES A T-SHIRT
Executive Producer: Alex Blumberg
NPR

DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD
MY DAD’S A ROCKER
Director: Zuxin Hou
University of Southern California

HUMANITAS DOCUMENTARY AWARD
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
Director: Thomas G. Miller
PBS / Independent Lens

PARE LORENTZ AWARD
TASHI AND THE MONK
Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
HBO Documentary Films

ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD
1971
Director: Johanna Hamilton
Independent Lens/ PBS

CREATIVE RECOGNITION AWARD WINNERS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY presented by Canon
ELEVATOR
Cinematography By: Hatuey Viveros Lavielle

BEST EDITING
LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM
Editing By: Don Kleszy

BEST MUSIC
ALFRED AND JAKOBINE
Music By: Nick Urata

BEST WRITING
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER
Written By: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel


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Two Best Actress Contenders – Reese Witherspoon VS Julianne Moore 


The awards season is heating up and two names being mentioned for the Best Actress category are Reese Witherspoon for “Wild” and Julianne Moore for “Still Alice.” Who deserves Oscar glory? Is it Witherspoon, already an Oscar winner for “Walk the Line?” Or is it Moore, always nominated but never a bride? Take a look at my movie reviews of “Wild” and “Still Alice.”



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Best Ensemble! "The Imitation Game" Set to Receive Palm Springs International Film Festival Award! 


Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and company are receiving the Ensemble Performance Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. The cast will join previously announced recipients Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"), and Reese Witherspoon ("Wild").

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA December 5, 2014) – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present its Ensemble Performance Award to the film The Imitation Game. The award will honor the film’s cast, which includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance and Mark Strong. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

“The Imitation Game is one of the very best ensembles to grace the screen this season,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley lead an outstanding cast in The Imitation Game, a film about Alan Turing as he attempts to crack Germany’s Enigma machine. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the entire cast of The Imitation Game with the Ensemble Performance Award.”

Past recipients of the Ensemble Performance Award include Academy Award® winner for Best Picture Argo as well as past Best Picture nominees American Hustle, Babel and The Social Network.

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives. The Weinstein Company film is directed by Morten Tyldum with a screenplay by Graham Moore.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet.

The Awards Gala of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival. Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo, The Desert Sun and Spencer’s. Major sponsors are Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Ignition Creative, Desert Regional Medical Center, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Guthy-Renker, Integrated Wealth Management, VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com, Ocean Properties, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.

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Reese Witherspoon to Receive Chairman's Award from Palm Springs International Film Festival 


Reese Witherspoon was so good in the upcoming "Wild" that she's being honored for the movie at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. She will be joining previously announced recipients Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"), and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). The gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Here's the rest of the press release:

“Reese Witherspoon delivers one of her finest performances in Wild,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Witherspoon brilliantly brings to life the true story of Cheryl Strayed, adding yet another iconic performance to her impressive 20-year span of characters including June Carter, Tracy Flick and Elle Woods. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Reese Witherspoon with the Chairman’s Award.”

Past recipients of the Chairman’s Award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman.

In Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallée, Witherspoon and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. Wild powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures --as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. Fox Searchlight Pictures presents, a Pacific Standard production, Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffmann, Kevin Rankin, W. Earl Brown, Mo McRae, Keene McRae. In addition to starring in Wild, Witherspoon also produced the film through her Pacific Standard Films banner, optioning the rights to Strayed’s memoir prior to its release.

This year, in addition to Wild, Reese Witherspoon appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie, and through her production banner Pacific Standard Films, set up the adaptation of the bestselling novel Gone Girl. Her other film credits include Mud, Water for Elephants, Election, Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama, Vanity Fair, Pleasantville and The Man in the Moon. In 2006, her performance as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, earned her the Academy Award for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,’ as well as the BAFTA Award, Golden Globe® Award, Screen Actors Guild Award™, New York Film Critics Award, Broadcast Film Critics Award, People’s Choice Award, along with eleven other awards.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet.

The Awards Gala of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival. Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo, The Desert Sun and Spencer’s. Major sponsors are Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Ignition Creative, Desert Regional Medical Center, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Guthy-Renker, Integrated Wealth Management, VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com, Ocean Properties, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.


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