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New York Film Critics Circle Awards + Satellite Awards Nominations + Gotham Independent Film Awards Results

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The most entertaining performance of the year?

My spirit animal.

And now the mainstream awards start pouring in, with the NYFCC leading the way. I’m not really delighted with their picks, but we’ll deal with them and do a little prognostication while we’re at it.

On the other hand, the Satellite Awards, while nowhere near as prestigious, have delighted me with at least one of their choices. And the Gotham Awards were announced today, so let’s see what they have to say.

First, the NYFCC (who’s been around since 1935, so they’re pretty renowned):

Best Picture – Boyhood


Now, this will be up for Best Picture at the Oscars, no question about it. But will it win? Well, according to Wikipedia, from 2000 on, the NYFCC pick has won only 4 times out of 14. So I’m not convinced it will. They picked American Hustle last year, after all, and that went 0 for 10.

Best Director – Richard Linklater, Boyhood

I’m a little more okay with this, but more in light of Linklater’s career.

Now, director has synced up with the Oscar pick 7 times in the last 14 years, so this is a little more likely to happen. Last year they went with Steve McQueen, who I thought should’ve won the Oscar.

Best Screenplay – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wait, really? I mean, it’s a fun film and all, but it’s not like it was that well written. Then again, I’ve never really been a Wes Anderson buff (I enjoy his films, but I don’t love them), so maybe I’ll just assume it’s “one of those things”.

The NYFCC winner has only won the Oscar twice since 2000 (though props to them for awarding my beloved In the Loop), so this is probably not going to happen. A nomination, sure, but a win is not likely.

Best Actor – Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

Okay, he’s gonna be up for the Oscar. It will be a shock if he isn’t. And I’m fine with that.

They only go 5/14, but all 5 of those are in the last 8 years. So he could potentially win this.

Best Actress – Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant/Two Days, One Night

Well, I guess we’re going to pretend that The Immigrant was good and that she was good in it. I’m sure TWON is a better performance, but still.

4/14. A nomination is likely (for some reason), but a win…eh. Julianne Moore in Still Alice is looking like our most likely winner.

Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Birdman

At least I like this performance. Do I think it should win? I’m not sure. But I won’t be upset if it does.

Also 4/14 (They picked Eugene Levy in A Mighty Wind? And McConaughey in Magic Mike and Bernie? Hell yeah). But he’s also been the frontrunner for a while, so his odds are good.

Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

I still don’t think she’s as incredible as everyone is saying, but her winning bothers me less than the film winning.

5/14. Who knows? I’m not sure if she has any real competition (though she should).

Best Cinematography – The Immigrant

Like I said, it looks good. At times, great. But I’d so much rather see something else win.

Best Animated Film – The Lego Movie

I haven’t seen anything better. I bet Princess Kaguya is, but they went Studio Ghibli last year, so they may not have wanted to repeat themselves.

Best Foreign Language Film – Ida

Great film, just…I don’t know, I can think of better choices.

Best Non-Fiction Film – CITIZENFOUR

Okay, I need to see this.

Best First Film – Jennifer Kent, The Babadook

I really want to check this out. People have been fucking raving about it.

Okay, enough of that bullshit. Let’s have some fun with the Satellites.

Which is the real self, and which is the role? ()

He may be having a bad day right now, but the awards groups love him.

Best Picture:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Gone Girl
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Love is Strange
  • Mr. Turner
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Some decent stuff here. Two of my current top 10. Still don’t get the love for Love is Strange, but it’s not that big of a deal.

Also, no Unbroken. Interesting.

Best Director:

  • Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma
  • David Fincher, Gone Girl
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Morton Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Solid list. Maybe Tyldum’s a bit of a weak link, but Headhunters was great.

Best Actor:

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • David Oyelowo, Selma
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
  • Miles Teller, Whiplash

Aside from the nod for Teller (which is decently deserved), no real surprises, but I can get behind all of these.

Best Actress:

  • Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
  • Anne Dorval, Mommy
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Fuck yeah, Gugu Mbatha-Raw! Double fuck yeah, Anne Dorval!

Oh yeah, Cotillard’s here too. I really am gonna have to see that fucking movie.

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • Andy Serkis, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash


Did you really think he did anything really award-worthy there?

Awesome that they nominated Serkis, though he’s really a lead.

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer
  • Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice

Tilda Swinton got a nomination for Snowpiercer.

Just let that sink in.

I just love that performance so much, and I love that film, and I’m glad it isn’t being totally forgotten by the awards groups. The Academy will probably overlook it, but I don’t care. Someone noticed, and that makes up for the weaker picks of the day (and this day in general…been a long one).

Also digging the Waterston nomination. I’ve heard a lot of good things, even though the film itself has received mixed reviews so far.


I know this isn’t an official poster. I don’t give a shit.

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Lego Movie
  • Love is Strange
  • Nightcrawler
  • Selma

Still don’t get the Love is Strange praise, but otherwise, good category.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • American Sniper
  • Gone Girl
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Wild

Inherent Vice! The Wild and American Sniper nods are a little weird (no room for Snowpiercer?), but it’s the Satellites, I’m not really going to gripe.

Best Cinematography:

  • Birdman
  • Gone Girl
  • Inherent Vice
  • Interstellar
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Theory of Everything

More Inherent Vice. I like it. Strong lineup here.

Best Film Editing:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Fury
  • The Imitation Game

No Gone Girl?

This is a weird category. Sniper getting in for Screenplay and this but not Actor is strange. And Fury? I didn’t think the editing was really that memorable.

Best Art Direction/Production Design:

  • Birdman
  • Fury
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Maleficent
  • Noah

Sure, nominate Fury and Maleficent but not Snowpiercer here. At least GBH belongs here (and the Birdman nod is reasonable).

Best Costume Design:

  • Belle
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent
  • Noah
  • Saint Laurent

This is all Into the Woods has so far. That may tell us something.

More Belle love, which is great.

And…Saint Laurent? It’s an Yves Saint-Laurent biopic, so it makes sense here, but I’m surprised it got noticed.

Best Original Score:

  • Birdman
  • Fury
  • Gone Girl
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • The Judge

The Judge?! That score was shit! (Also, Fury…eh.)

Otherwise, I’m okay with it.

Best Original Song:

  • “Split the Difference”, Boyhood
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  • “Everything is Awesome”, The Lego Movie
  • “I’ll Get You What You Want”, Muppets Most Wanted
  • “What is Love”, Rio 2

Wow. This is weak as shit. I didn’t even know there was an original song in Boyhood (also, can I just point out, it’s kind of weird they didn’t nominate Ellar Coltrane?).

“Everything is Awesome” will probably win by a mile.

Best Sound (Mixing/Editing):

  • Gone Girl
  • Into the Woods
  • Noah
  • Snowpiercer
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Whiplash

More Snowpiercer! And Whiplash (which should win this)! Also, how do they notice Fury in multiple other categories but not here? Does anyone care about Noah‘s mix?

Best Visual Effects:

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • Noah
  • Snowpiercer
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

Damn. Tough category (though I actually think Snowpiercer‘s VFX are a little uneven). Glad to see Guardians.

Best International Film:

  • Force Majeure (Sweden)
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Israel)
  • Ida (Poland)
  • Leviathan (Russia)
  • Little England (Greece)
  • Mommy (Canada)
  • Tangerines (Estonia)
  • Timbuktu (Mauritania)
  • Two Days, One Night (Belgium)
  • Wild Tales (Argentina)

Love me some Force MajeureLeviathan and Mommy can’t come too soon. And I’ve heard some great things about Wild Tales.

Best Animated/Mixed Media Film:

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Book of Life
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Lego Movie
  • Song of the Sea
  • Wrinkles

Really not a great year for animation, was it?

Best Documentary Film:

  • Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
  • Art and Craft
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune
  • Keep On Keepin’ On
  • Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
  • Red Army
  • Virunga

Good year for documentaries, though.

No Battered Bastards of Baseball, though?

Best Ensemble:

  • Into the Woods

Huh. They almost totally ignored it except for here and a couple of tech categories. That’s really weird. And it didn’t get a single acting nomination, which is also weird, since Streep is supposedly a lock.

Weird group of nominees. Don’t know what to make of them, really. And now, onto the Gotham Awards!


There’s no getting past how good she is.

Best Feature: Birdman 

Good, good…

Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Damn right he is.

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice


Breakthrough Actor: Tessa Thompson, Dear White People


Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award: Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best Documentary: CITIZENFOUR


Audience Award: Boyhood


Tomorrow, the National Board of Review. Cannot fucking wait.


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