Another Big Win for "Boyhood," "The Lego Movie" 

Yup, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" won again! This time from the Washington DC Area Film Critics. The group also picked "The Lego Movie" as the Best Animated Feature of the year!

Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Film

Best Director
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Best Actress
Julianne Moore,"Still Alice"

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Best Acting Ensemble
"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Best Youth Performance
Ellar Coltrane, "Boyhood"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"Gone Girl"

Best Original Screenplay
"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Best Animated Feature
"The LEGO Movie"

Best Documentary
"Life Itself"

Best Foreign Language Film
"Force Majeure"

Best Art Direction
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Cinematography
"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Best Editing
"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Best Original Score
"Under the Skin"

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

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David Oyelowo to be Honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 

David Oyelowo shines as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava Duvernay's "Selma" and now, he's being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival! Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (December 7, 2014) – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present David Oyelowo with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor for his critically acclaimed performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s Selma at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

“David Oyelowo’s transformation into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is truly outstanding,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “He perfectly recreates King’s mannerisms and speech cadence, and moreover, captures the spirit of one of the greatest leaders in history, giving audiences a rewarding portrait of this iconic man that is deeply layered and effecting. For this phenomenal portrayal it is an honor to present him with the 2015 Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor.”

Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o, Carey Mulligan, Felicity Huffman, Jennifer Hudson and Jeremy Renner. In the years they were honored, Cotillard, Hudson and Nyong’o went on to receive Academy Awards®, while Huffman and Renner received nominations.

Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. The Paramount Pictures film is directed by Ava DuVernay and stars Oyelowo, Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey, who also serves as a producer.

In addition to Selma, David Oyelowo appeared in several other films this year including A Most Violent Year, Interstellar, and Default. His other credits include Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Lincoln, The Middle of Nowhere, Jack Reacher, The Paperboy, Complicit, Red Tails, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help, 96 Minutes, The Last King of Scotland, among many others. His upcoming film projects are Captive, Nightingale, Nina and Five Nights in Maine.
His theatre credits include “The Suppliants,” “The God Brothers,” “Prometheus Bound,” and the title role in “Henry VI,” which won him The Ian Charleson Award and an Evening Standard award nomination. His TV credits include Spooks/MI:5, Born Equal, A Raisin in the Sun, As You Like It and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. He won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor and was also nominated for a BAFTA for the same role for his work on Small Island and won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his performance in Five Days.

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,, Ocean Properties, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.

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"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


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)




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:

Runner-up: "Birdman"

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

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

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

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

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

"Birdman," "Boyhood"
Runner-up: "Mr. Turner"

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

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

"Inherent Vice"
Runner-up: "Whiplash"

"Two Days, One Night"
Runner-up: "Ida"

Runner-up: "Jodorowsky's Dune"

"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

Runner-up: "Birdman"

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