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Awards upon Awards! Boston, Los Angeles, Boston Online, New York Online, plus Washington D.C. nominations and British Independent Winners


Richard Linklater's grand experiment. ()

The experiment is paying off.

Got a lot to cover, so I’m not going to waste any time. Today the Boston Film Critics, L.A. Film Critics, New York Online Film Critics, and British Independent Film Awards all announced their picks, and yesterday the Washington D.C. Film Critics announced their nominations, while the Boston Online Film Critics (and I do believe there is some overlap) announced their winners–and boy, did they make me happy!

All results obtained from the excellent Awards Daily (the editorializing is all me).

Boston Film Critics:

Picture: Boyhood

Yeah, yeah…

Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Anyone see Bernie? That movie was great. Much better than Boyhood.

Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Much, much better. I really hope he wins the big one.

Actress: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night/The Immigrant


Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

At this point it’s him or Edward Norton. Or they split and some rando takes it (JOEL EDGERTON!!!).

Supporting Actress: Emma Stone, Birdman

They go Boyhood Picture/Director but not Patricia Arquette? Interesting.

Screenplay: (tie) Birdman/Boyhood

I think this might be a sign of things to come. It’s going to be these two duking it out for the rest of the season (I’m ready to put money on them splitting the Globes’ Picture awards), and maybe a late threat like Selma or A Most Violent Year to spice things up. But if one of these two doesn’t take the big one, I’ll be shocked.

Cinematography: Birdman

You can’t really argue with this.

Editing: Boyhood

You can argue with this, but I don’t really give a shit.

Ensemble: Boyhood

Meh? Kind of glad the Academy never made this an award.

Foreign Language Film: Two Days, One Night

Just let me see the damn thing.

Documentary: CITIZENFOUR

And this and Life Itself will be duking it out for Best Documentary.

Animated Film: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

I like that. Nice to see a change from The Lego Movie‘s dominance.

Use of Music in a Film: Inherent Vice

Oh, that’s cool. I’m really glad that the shaky early reviews haven’t totally kicked this out of the race.

New Filmmaker Award: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

If you want to win the lottery…

A nice little surprise, even if I'm on Team Michael Keaton.

A nice little surprise, even if I’m on Team Michael Keaton.

Los Angeles Film Critics: (runners-up found http://www.lafca.net/years/2014.html)

Picture: Boyhood

How ’bout that?

Runner-up: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ehhhhhhhh…I really need to rewatch this before I can honestly say which I’d have preferred.

Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

See, if the Oscars were to give Birdman Picture and Linklater Director, I’d be fine with it. Like what they did this past year.

Runner-up: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nah, Linklater deserved it more.

Actor: Tom Hardy, Locke

Wow. Okay, then. The LAFC are kind of an iffy barometer for the Oscars, but still, this an interesting little shakeup. Am I for it? Eh…I like the performance, I like Hardy, I like the film quite a bit…but as a winner? I don’t know.

Runner-up: Michael Keaton, Birdman


Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

I mean, I wouldn’t give her the award, but kudos to them for saying “fuck categories” and putting her here.

Runner-up: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

I guess it doesn’t bother me too much.

Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

I just want to mention they gave James Franco this last year (well, he tied with Jared Leto). That was great.

Runner-up: Edward Norton, Birdman

Oh yeah. Neck and neck.

Supporting Actress: Agata Kulesza, Ida

Awesome! I put her lead, but she’s really fucking good wherever you place her. Nice little shaking up of the category there.

Runner-up: Rene Russo, Nightcrawler

Interesting. She was really good, too. Not quite win-worthy, but I’m glad to see her getting noticed.

Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel

I guess it works. I’m not really a Wes Anderson fan (I enjoy his movies, but I don’t love them like the people who love them do), but I did enjoy this, just…I don’t know, I meant to see it a second time in theaters (and I got kind of caught up in a weird debate about its politics which in retrospect didn’t make much sense), but never did. So I’ll just say…I guess.

Runner-up: Birdman

Since I thought the script was the root of most of the films’ weaknesses, I wouldn’t go out of my way to award it, but it’s definitely the better script of these two.

Cinematography: Birdman

Oh, he’s winning. It’ll be a big upset if he doesn’t. If only he’d won in 2011, then Deakins could’ve won last year (though he should’ve won in 2012), and he could win again this year and it would be just fine. But…it is the best cinematography of the year. So far.

Runner-up: Mr. Turner

It’s about a great painter of land- and seascapes. So naturally.

Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Pretty much the only choice.

Runner-up: Snowpiercer

And yes, I love this film dearly, but GBH did beat it, however narrowly. I’m just glad this is getting attention. If the Weinsteins can just make up for fucking it over before by giving it a push now…

Editing: Boyhood


Runner-up: The Grand Budapest Hotel


Music Score: (tie) Inherent Vice/Under the Skin

Under the Skin is my #1 score of the year, and Jonny Greenwood’s scores for PTA’s last two films were brilliant. So I’m all right with this.

Foreign-Language Film: Ida

I can dig it.

Runner-up: Winter Sleep

Hurry up and get here, damn it.

Ceylan wins the big one.

Come on, dammit.

Documentary: CITIZENFOUR

Wait for it…

Runner-up: Life Itself


Animation: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

This might actually pull off a win.

Runner-up: The Lego Movie

But this is the one to beat.

New Generation: Selma

Surprised this hasn’t been winning more.

Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: Walter Reuben, The David Whiting Story

I’m all for experimental stuff. This movie also sounds weird as shit.

Career Achievement: Gena Rowlands

I really, really need to get around to seeing Woman Under the Influence.



Boston Online Film Critics:

Picture: Snowpiercer

I like these guys.

Also, before you assume the “Online” part of the name means these are just a bunch of fanboys…last year they picked 12 Years a Slave for Best Picture, and Zero Dark Thirty the year before that. So they’re not just fucking around.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Perfectly worthy.

Actor: Brendan Gleeson, Calvary

Great choice. Given that they liked Birdman, I’m a little surprised they didn’t take Michael Keaton, but it’s not like Gleeson wasn’t great (or that I’m not stoked that Calvary is continuing to get attention).

Actress: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night


Supporting Actor: Edward Norton, Birdman

Neck and fucking neck.

Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

I really like these guys.

Screenplay: Calvary


Cinematography: Birdman

Of course.

Editing: Edge of Tomorrow

I can see it. Not my choice, certainly, but they did a good job with it. Also glad to see this getting awards attention.

Original Score: Under the Skin

If I were Mica Levi, I’d be feeling pretty good right about now.

Foreign Language Film: Two Days, One Night

I guess I shouldn’t be so down on this movie. I just can’t really get excited about it.

Animated Film: The Lego Movie

Also really need to rewatch this. I’ve gotten a touch down on it since I saw it, and that might not be fair.

Documentary: Life Itself

Is this on Netflix? I want to say it is. I need to see this (and I can see CITIZENFOUR Thursday, so I’m definitely doing that) soon.

Ten Best Films:

  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

Fair list. Only Lovers I’m not so sure about (and Under the Skin I still say is pretty overrated), but this reminds that I really, really need to make sure to see The Babadook.

"Why are we dating, again?" ()

“So no else notices how this movie is just a TAD misogynistic?”

New York Film Critics Online:

Picture: Boyhood

“How refreshing!”

Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Does this mean SubUrbia will finally get a DVD release?

Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

I mean, it does look like he does a good job (I’ll be seeing this sometime this week), but…eh?

Actress: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

I’m just waiting for her Macbeth with Michael Fassbender to come out.

Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Side note: this film needs to be nominated in both Sound categories. Mixing and Editing. That much percussion required some virtuoso editing.

Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

I should really get around to watching True Romance.

Screenplay: Birdman

Ensemble: Birdman

Yeah, that’s more like it.

The screenplay is good, don’t get me wrong (I think it’s my #6 or 7), but it’s really the acting and directing (and of course, the cinematography) that make it. To recognize the writing and not the acting, to me, misses the point entirely.

Cinematography: Birdman

See what I mean?

Foreign Language Film: Two Days, One Night

Is how long watching this in the theater will feel like. HEY-O!

Documentary: Life Itself

And yet Roger didn’t even get close to a nomination for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

Animated Feature: The Lego Movie

“Do you think a zeppelin is a good investment?”

Use of Music: Get On Up

Nice to see this movie hasn’t been totally forgotten (Chadwick Boseman had better be up for a Globe).

Debut Director: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Think this’ll get a surprise Best Picture nomination? That’d be cool.

Breakthrough Performance: Jack O’Connell, Unbroken

Yeah…he’s doing all right…but this movie is really not doing well critically. I wouldn’t even be too surprised if it doesn’t get a Best Picture nomination.

Top 10:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Imitation Game
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Mr. Turner
  • Selma
  • Theory of Everything
  • Under the Skin
  • Whiplash

Guardians? That’s cool. I respect this list for that.

A film full of joy and human kindness. ()

Another cause to celebrate.

Previously I tackled the British Independent Film Awards nominees. Now, I tackle the winners.

British Independent Film: Pride

Okay. It wouldn’t have been my choice (not with Calvary on the list), but it’s a film you can root for. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Director: Yann Demange, ’71

Probably won’t get to see this until next year. Too bad.

Actor: Brendan Gleeson, Calvary

Damn right.

Actress: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle

Really hope more American awards groups notice her. I would so much rather see her winning stuff than Marion Cotillard.

Supporting Actor: Andrew Scott, Pride

Uh…I don’t really see it. Ben Schnetzer was the better nominee from this film. Scott had, as I recall, one good scene, but otherwise didn’t really stand out in the ensemble. Bill Nighy or Dominic West would’ve also been better choices. (And that’s without mentioning Michael Fassbender.)

Supporting Actress: Imelda Staunton, Pride

On the other hand, I get her winning, even if it feels a bit…easy, I want to say? But she’s really good, so I don’t mind.

Screenplay: Frank

Great movie, really good script…but over Calvary? I can’t quite support it.

Achievement in Production: The Goob

Still don’t know what this award represents, but…all righty.

International Independent Film: Boyhood

Not Ida?

Promising Newcomer: Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Catch Me Daddy

Good for her. I really want to see this movie.

Technical Achievement: Robbie Ryan, Cinematography – Catch Me Daddy

It looked really well-shot from the trailer. So I’m on board with this (though I really loved the music from Frank).

Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, 20,000 Days on Earth

Great movie. Completely all right with this.

Documentary: Next Goal Wins

Sure? I thought Virunga would win.

British Short: The Karman Line

I didn’t even research the nominees. I’m sure it’s good.

Raindance Award: Luna

I said it sounded “the most compelling”. My instincts were right.

Variety Award: Benedict Cumberbatch

I wonder if they meant the magazine.

Special Jury Prize: John Boorman

This might be for his sequel to Hope and Glory that was apparently really good. I want to see that.

She may feel pressure to be the "cool girl", but damned if she isn't cool enough already. ()

Don’t overlook her. Or else.

And finally, the Washington D.C. Film Critics Awards nominees:


  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Gone Girl
  • Selma
  • Whiplash

Oh good, more Gone Girl attention.


  • Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma
  • David Fincher, Gone Girl
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood

5 for 5. Hmm.

Also, alphabetized for the directors’ names, the order is almost the reverse of the alphabetized titles. Of course, Linklater throws that off. DAMN YOU, LINKLATER!!!!


  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Oscar Isaac, A Most Violent Year
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • David Oyelowo, Selma
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

This might be our Oscar lineup. Steve Carell’s chances seem to be dimming rapidly, and Timothy Spall at the moment seems like the biggest threat to get on (probably over Isaac). But if these were the five, I wouldn’t be too surprised.


  • Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild

On the other hand, I don’t think Johansson is getting on this year (though it’s not out of the question). It’s a real shame Pike is such a long shot to actually win.

Supporting Actor:

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

And now things start getting weird. Hawke has actually been pretty absent most of the season. Ruffalo is a bit of a surprise, since the movie itself hasn’t really taken off here. And the Serkis nod is cool, but also bullshit, since he’s a lead, no two ways about it. But since this is really a two-horse race, I bet we could see some randos–kind of like in 2008, when Heath Ledger was so clearly the winner that Robert Downey Jr. actually got on for Tropic Thunder (though he deserved to).

Supporting Actress:

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer


This also could be our Oscar lineup. I don’t want to predict Swinton yet (though if she gets on, it will make my fucking year), but Arquette and Stone are dead locks, Chastain has a pretty good shot, and Swinton…she’s been getting a lot of attention for a role I assumed the awards groups would totally overlook. Dern I’m really not sure about, just because I assume everyone will be focused on Reese Witherspoon, but stranger things have happened (like Sally Hawkins last year).

The most entertaining performance of the year?

My favorite “Mason” of the year.

Original Screenplay:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Lego Movie
  • Whiplash

I don’t actually LOVE any of these scripts (they’re all good, but none crack my top 5). So I guess Birdman would win by default. Surprised Selma isn’t here.

Adapted Screenplay:

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

I’m surprised how reliably Inherent Vice has been popping up in the Adapted races. I bet it’ll get nominated for that at least. (Don’t bank on Wild making the cut, though.)

Acting Ensemble:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Into the Woods
  • Selma

I’m really wondering what Into the Woods‘ chances are. For a while it looked like Streep was going to be a lock for a nomination, but so far she hasn’t gotten much of anything (not even from the Satellites), and the film has mostly received Ensemble and tech nominations. So…who knows?

Youth Performance:

  • Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
  • Mackenzie Foy, Interstellar
  • Jaeden Lieberher, St. Vincent
  • Tony Revolori, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Noah Wiseman, The Babadook

Haven’t seen St. Vincent or The Babadook, so no comments there–though, remember how Bill Murray was supposed to be up for a bunch of awards for that? That sure hasn’t panned out. Revolori was good, and Coltrane, despite my reservations about the character, did pretty well. But Foy was just great in her film. Her dynamic with McConaughey was perfect. I hope she wins.

Foreign Language Film:

  • Force Majeure
  • Ida
  • Mommy
  • Two Days, One Night
  • Wild Tales

Just put Leviathan on and I’ll be happy.

Animated Feature:

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

I wonder if Book of Life was any good. I should’ve gone to see it. Surprised Princess Kaguya didn’t make the cut.


  • Jodorowsky’s Dune
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • Life Itself
  • The Overnighters

Hey, a mention for The Overnighters! That’s nice. That movie sounded really interesting.

Art Direction:

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Snowpiercer

I really think Snowpiercer will get a nomination here. Its chances are looking better by the day.

Also, I’d like to point out how little we’ve seen of Interstellar lately. A real shame, that.

Another example of the film's incredible imagery.


  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Under the Skin

To say nothing of Unbroken. (Good call putting Under the Skin here.)


  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Gone Girl
  • Interstellar
  • Whiplash

Interesting that they cited Interstellar here, too.

Original Score:

  • Birdman
  • Gone Girl
  • Interstellar
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Under the Skin

I’m surprised they didn’t put Grand Budapest Hotel on here as well. I really liked that score.

Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington D.C.

  • Anita
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Kill the Messenger
  • Selma
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Anita appears to be a documentary about Anita Hill.

Love that there are two superhero films on here.

Also, does anyone even remember Kill the Messenger? That film really came and went.

Things are just getting started, guys. We’ve got the AFI Awards tomorrow and the Globe nominations on Thursday, and that’s just the start of what we’ve got in store this week. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride.



3 thoughts on “Awards upon Awards! Boston, Los Angeles, Boston Online, New York Online, plus Washington D.C. nominations and British Independent Winners

  1. Great coverage, as usual. Things are shaping up, but I hope we’ll keep having suprises here and there.
    I was definitely not enthralled by Two Days, One Night: It’s not as riveting as The Son (their absolute best, to me) or The Kid with a Bike.

    PS: Is your last quote a nod to Gravity ? 😉

  2. Pingback: SAG, AFI, African-American Film Critics, Online Film Critics, and D.C. Winners | If you want the gravy...

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