"Selma" Tops African-American Film Critics Awards 


The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) chose "Selma" as the Best Picture of the Year! The first studio film to center around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also won Best Actor for David Oyelowo, Best Director for Ava Duvernay, and Best Music for John Legend and Common.

AAFCA will hold its annual award ceremony and dinner on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00pm the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, CA.

The following is a complete list of 2014 AAFCA Awards winners:

Best Actor David Oyelowo, Selma (Paramount)
Best Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle (Fox Searchlight)
Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer, Black and White (Rela.)
Best Supporting Actor Tyler Perry, Gone Girl (Fox) /J.K. Simmons, Whiplash (SPC)
Best World Cinema Timbuktu (Les Films du Worso)
Breakout Performance Tessa Thompson, Dear White People (RAtt.)
Best Director Ava Duvernay, Selma (Paramount)
Best Screenplay Gina Prince-Bythewood, Beyond the Lights (Rela)
Best Music John Legend/Common, “Glory” (Selma soundtrack)
Best Ensemble Get On Up (Universal)
Best Independent Film Dear White People (Roadside Attractions)
Best Animation The Boxtrolls (Focus)
Best Documentary Life Itself (Magnolia)

AAFCA Top Ten Films of 2014 are as follows in order of distinction:

1. Selma
2. The Imitation Game
3. Theory of Everything
4. Birdman
5. Belle
6. Top Five
7. Unbroken
8. Dear White People
9. Get On Up
10. Black and White

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More Love for "Boyhood!" This Time From New York Film Critics Online 


It's official! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is the movie to beat this award season! Just this past weekend, the film wowed the Boston and LA film critics groups, and now, the New York Film Critics Online is bestowing it as the Best Movie of the Year! And I'm very happy that they chose Eddie Redmayne as the Best Actor of the Year for "The Theory of Everything!" Here's the full list of winners:

PICTURE - Boyhood (IFC Films)

DIRECTOR - Richard Linklater for Boyhood

ACTRESS Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night

ACTOR Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

SUPPORTING ACTRESS Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

SUPPORTING ACTOR J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

ENSEMBLE CAST Birdman

DEBUT AS DIRECTOR Dan Gilroy for NIghtcrawler

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER Jack O’Connell for Unbroken and Starred Up

SCREENPLAY Birdman (Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolás Giacobone, Alejandro González Iñárritu)

CINEMATOGRAPHY Birdman (Emmanuel Lubezki)

USE OF MUSIC Get On Up (score - Thomas Newman; music supervisor - Budd Carr)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE Two Days, One Night

DOCUMENTARY Life Itself

ANIMATED FEATURE The Lego Movie

TOP TEN PICTURES (Alphabetical)

Birdman (Fox Searchlight)
Boyhood (IFC Films)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Walt Disney Pictures)
The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
A Most Violent Year (A24 Films)
Mr. Turner (Sony Pictures Classics)
Selma (Paramount Pictures)
The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)
Under the Skin (A24 Films)
Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)

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"Boyhood" Tops Boston Society of Film Critics 


Like the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics also chose Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" as the best film of the year! But wait, there's more! "Boyhood" also won Best Film Editing, Best Screenplay (TIE with "Birdman"), Best Ensemble, and Best Director for Linklater.

Here's the full list of winners:

BEST PICTURE
"Boyhood"
Runner-up: "Birdman"

BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Runner-up: Clint Eastwood, "American Sniper"

BEST ACTOR
Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
Runner-up: Timothy Spall, "Mr. Turner"

BEST ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard, "The Immigrant," "Two Days, One Night"
Runner-up: Hilary Swank, "The Homesman"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash
Runner-up: Edward Norton, "Birdman"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Emma Stone "Birdman"
Runner-up: Laura Dern, "Wild"

BEST SCREENPLAY (tie)
"Birdman," "Boyhood"
Runner-up: "Mr. Turner"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman"
Runner-up: Dick Pope, "Mr. Turner"

BEST EDITING
Sandra Adair, "Boyhood"
Runner-ups: Joel Cox, Gary Roach, "American Sniper"

BEST USE OF MUSIC IN A FILM
"Inherent Vice"
Runner-up: "Whiplash"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Two Days, One Night"
Runner-up: "Ida"

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"Citizenfour"
Runner-up: "Jodorowsky's Dune"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

BEST ENSEMBLE
"Boyhood"
Runner-up: "Birdman"

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Los Angeles Film Critics Embrace "Boyhood" 


It's becoming the year of "Boyhood!" The Los Angeles Film Critics Association chose Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" as the movie of the year. The film won three other awards including Best Director for Linklater, Best Actress for Patricia Arquette, and Best Editing.

Here's the full list of winners:

BEST PICTURE, BOYHOOD
BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater, BOYHOOD

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: IDA
NEW GENERATION: Ava DuVernay, SELMA
BEST SCREENPLAY: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Wes Anderson
BEST ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette, BOYHOOD
BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION FILM: CITIZENFOUR
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki, BIRDMAN
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Agata Kulesza, IDA
DOUGLAS EDWARDS EXPERIMENTAL/INDEPENDENT FILM/VIDEO AWARD: Walter Reuben, THE DAVID WHITING STORY
BEST MUSIC SCORE, Winners (tie): Jonny Greenwood, INHERENT VICE and Mica Levi, UNDER THE SKIN
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Adam Stockhausen, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
BEST EDITING: Sandra Adair, BOYHOOD
BEST ANIMATION: THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA

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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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