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  • Ahsan Haseeb 11:08 pm on December 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    14th Annual New York Film Critics Online Awards 

    The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) announced their awards on December, 7th, 2014 with giving away the Best Picture award to none other than Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater who also won the Best Director award. The acting awards are really spot on, and it’s safe to say that J.K. Simmons is one of the front-runners for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar this year for his role in Whiplash.

    Last year, 7 NYFCO winners won the Oscar, i.e. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Let’s see if NYFCO gets it right this time as well.

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    FILM: Boyhood

    DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

    ACTOR: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

    ACTRESS: Marion Cotillard, (Two Days, One Night)

    SCREENPLAY: Birdman (Amando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone, Alejandro G. Inarritu)

    CINEMATOGRAPHY: Birdman (Emmanuel Lubezki)

    SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

    ENSEMBLE CAST: Birdman

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Two Days, One Night

    DOCUMENTARY: Life Itself

    ANIMATED FEATURE: The Lego Movie

    DEBUT AS DIRECTOR: Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)

    Get On Up (Score: Thomas Newman; Music Supervisor: Budd Carr)
    BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up)
    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • The Imitation Game
    • A Most Violent Year
    • Mr. Turner
    • Selma
    • The Theory of Everything
    • Under the Skin
    • Whiplash
  • Ahsan Haseeb 11:00 pm on December 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    3rd Annual Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards 

    The Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA) announced their awards on December 6th, 2014 with giving away the Best Picture award to Snowpiercer which is a complete surprise and such a bold decision by the critics to give the top prize to that film. Best Director went to Alejandro González Iñárritu for his marvelous work in Birdman. Also, it’s great to see Calvary getting some love from the critics.

    Last year, only 5 BOFCA winners won the Oscar, i.e. Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Animated Feature. I’m sure Snowpiercer isn’t going to win anything big at the Oscars, so let’s see what happens this year.

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    Best Picture

    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

    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”

  • Ahsan Haseeb 10:41 pm on December 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    86th Annual National Board of Review Awards 


    The National Board of Review (NBR) announced their 2014 awards with giving away the Best Film award to A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, written, directed and co-produced by J. C. Chandor whereas the Best Director award went to Clint Eastwood for American Sniper. A Most Violent Year winning the Best Film award was quite unexpected as there was no award buzz for this film but people might start to notice it more now.

    Last year, none of the NBR winners won the Oscar. Let’s see what happens this year.

    Here is the complete list of winners:


    Best Director: Clint Eastwood, AMERICAN SNIPER

    Best Actor [tie]: Oscar Isaac, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR and Michael Keaton, BIRDMAN

    Best Actress: Julianne Moore, STILL ALICE

    Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton, BIRDMAN

    Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

    Best Original Screenplay: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, THE LEGO MOVIE

    Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, INHERENT VICE

    Best Animated Feature: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

    Breakthrough Actor: Jack O’Connell, STARRED UP and UNBROKEN

    Best Directorial Debut: Gillian Robespierre, OBVIOUS CHILD

    Best Foreign Language Film: WILD TALES

    Best Documentary: LIFE ITSELF

    William K. Everson Film History Award: Scott Eyman

    Best Ensemble: FURY

    Spotlight Award: Chris Rock for writing, directing, and starring TOP FIVE

    NBR Freedom of Expression Award: ROSEWATER and SELMA

    Top Films (in alphabetical order):

    • A Most Violent Year
    • American Sniper
    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • Fury
    • Gone Girl
    • The Imitation Game
    • Inherent Vice
    • The Lego Movie
    • Nightcrawler
    • Unbroken

    Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order):

    • Force Majeure
    • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
    • Leviathan
    • Two Days, One Night
    • We Are the Best!

    Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order):

    • Art and Craft
    • Jodorowsky’s Dune
    • Keep On Keepin’ On
    • The Kill Team
    • Last Days in Vietnam

    Top Independent Films

    • Blue Ruin
    • Locke
    • A Most Wanted Man
    • Mr. Turner
    • Obvious Child
    • The Skeleton Twins
    • Snowpiercer
    • Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
    • Starred Up
    • Still Alice
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