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2014 was a remarkable year for movies big and small, and in spirit, here are top 10 lists from Thompson on Hollywood staffers and contributors. Anne Thompson: 1. "Birdman" Alejandro González Iñárritu took on the most audacious cinematic feat of the year —and corralled a posse of actors with balls, lead by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, to nail his dissection of Hollywood and the fragile balance between ego and id—shot in exhilarating long takes. 2. "Boyhood" Richard Linklater dreamed up the story of a boy growing over 12 years, from six to 18, and cast Ellar Coltrane as the kid and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as his parents. No one else could have conceived, written and directed this daredevil feat. 3. "Mr. Turner" Mike Leigh took his genius method and applied it to his passion project about the great English painter Jmw Turner, channeled to perfection by Cannes Best Actor winner Timothy. »
(thanks to Paddy @screenonscreen) Best Film Gone Girl Best Director Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) Best Actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) Best Supporting Actor J. K. Simmons »
- Ryan Adams
I guess the Florida Film Critics Circle really wanted their picks represented in the awards coverage space, seeing as I was pinged twice about it on Twitter today. I hardly see what the rush is, though, as it's more of the same. Kudos to them for picking the best film of the year and all, but as usual, we're getting to the point where these regional critics groups need to stop smelling each other's farts a bit and branch out if possible. At least this crowd got a bit adventurous in the foreign film category. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and all the rest at The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" (Runner-up: "Boyhood") Best Director Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" (Runner-up: Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman") Best Actor Michael Keaton, "Birdman" (Runner-up: Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler") Best Actress Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" (Runner-up: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice") Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, »
- Kristopher Tapley
"Though I haven't heard great things about 'Unbroken,' I was a little shocked to see that the HFPA paid no attention to Angelina Jolie. Usually they're all over her," admits Gold Derby's contest champ Michael Swan (mswan in our forums). Swan beat all others while predicting the Golden Globes Film nominations, earning the #1 position on our leaderboard and winning a $100 Amazon gift certificate thanks to his 89% accuracy. See all of Swan's predictions here. Also in our chat, this 24-year-old film/television production company receptionist from West Hollywood, CA warns that even though Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood") is favored to win Best Supporting Actress, "You can never count out Meryl Streep ("Into the Woods"). Especially at the Golden Globes." Below, read the entire Q&A with our 2014 Golden Globes Film nominations contest winner. -Break- Golden Globes: Complete list of film and TV nominations »
The scandal over those star-bashing emails at Sony film studio could actually end up benefiting Angelina Jolie and her new film "Unbroken" at the Oscars, Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair) says in our webcam/podcast chat. "Angelina had a very tough week with SAGs and Globes, but that was before these emails came out with Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal. Very shabby. Whatever the truth is about all of that stuff, Angelina came off as a real class act and I have a feeling that will build some sympathy for her." Like most of Gold Derby's experts, Hogan has "Boyhood" out front for Best Picture, Director (Richard Linklater) and Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), but he sides with me picking Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") over Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), who now has a slight edge in the Best Actor race. See latest rankings. -Break- "Eddie has a much more inspirational role »
One of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's biggest fans, 17-year-old Lindsey Wheeler, had one of her wishes come true when she met her favorite cast members.
"I didn't actually expect to meet anyone from [the cast]," Lindsey told Et. "They just said, 'Don't get your hopes up.'"
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Lindsey was pleasantly surprised when she got to meet a few of the stars, including George Eads.
"Everyone's asking, 'Who do you want to see?'" Lindsey said. "I'm like, 'Nick Stokes! Why? Look at him!'"
"I haven't had a fan this excited to see me before," George said of his encounter with Lindsey. "It makes me blush."
The meeting seemed to be a result of good karma for Lindsey who has been a part of making other people's wishes come true in the past.
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Since debuting at January's Sundance Film Festival, Richard Linklater's Boyhood has become one of the most critically adored films in recent memory. Audiences felt the same way, swooning at the story of a boy (Ellar Coltrane) and his complicated family as he ages from 6 to 18 years old. The experimental $4 million movie, filmed in Texas with little fanfare over a dozen years, has grossed more than $43 million around the world and become one of the favorites for Best Picture. The experience has been surreal, to say the least, for 20-year-old Coltrane, whose life to this point is indirectly documented in the film. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Did the commander-in-chief really sit through a two hour, 45 minute movie?
Photos: The Golden Globe Nominees In Pics
Directed by Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Dazed and Confused), the critically acclaimed film stars Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater, and was filmed over an 11-year period from May 2002 to October 2013.
As for YouTube videos, the U.S. leader says that his daughters, Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, turned him onto BatDad. "Whoever BatDad is out there, man, I was into your thing," Obama quipped.
His favorite Vine video, however, has to be of his wife singing "Turnip For What?"
"Clearly, the most astonishing Vine this year was Michelle and the turnip," he gushed »
The Online Film Critics Society — of which I am a member — has announced the winners of its 2014 awards. They are:
Best Picture: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Animated Feature: The Lego Movie
Best Film Not in the English Language: Two Days, One Night
Best Documentary: Life Itself
Best Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Gone Girl
Best Editing: Birdman
Best Cinematography: The Grand Budapest Hotel
I’ll post reviews soon of the films here that I haven’t already reviewed. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Barack Obama has revealed his favourite movie of 2014.
"Boyhood was a great movie. That, I think, was my favourite movie this year," Politico quotes him as saying.
Boyhood follows the life of Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane) from the age of 6 to 18 and was filmed over the course of 12 years. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette feature in the supporting cast and both recently nabbed Golden Globe nominations for their performances.
Boyhood, Birdman and civil rights drama Selma are among the early frontrunners this awards season, with Academy Awards nominations due to be revealed in January
"I've read others [since, but] I read Gone Girl a couple summers ago, »
"Boyhood" (Richard Linklater) Patricia Arquette as the mom of two kids over 12 years is movingly real and natural as the mother who shepherds her children through the breakup with their father (Ethan Hawke) and two turbulent marriages before emerging as a professional successful single woman--with an empty nest. Arquette's money scene comes near the end, when her son leaves for college and she admits, "I just thought there would be more." Arquette is a key window into this accessible and identifiable movie, for parents and children alike. How rare that movies show what mothering is--the investment of time and energy and love and attention and yes, letting go when the time comes. This is the scene that will win Arquette the supporting actress Oscar, her first. --Anne Thompson "Goodbye to Language 3D" (Jean-Luc Godard) A spoiler with a purpose: In a handful of scenes which reinvent cinema, as he has »
Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.
In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »
- Justin Chang
Sometimes, it pays to break rules—particularly in the Hollywood biz. The Hollywood Reporter has released its annual list of the biggest rule breakers in the entertainment industry with notable names like Angelina Jolie, Chris Pratt, Taylor Swift and Michael Keaton leading the pack as the A-listers are all featured on four separate covers for the magazine's Jan. 9 issue. Jolie, Pratt, Swift and Keaton, who have continually proven they aren't afraid to take risks in an ever-critical industry, join the likes of the Boyhood team (which is quickly becoming a frontrunner for the year's best picture) including Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Richard »
Critics in the UK obviously aren't immune to the charms of "Boyhood," as the film did well with the London Film Critics Circle. Now the Dublin Film Critics Circle has named it the year's best across the channel. The group also revealed its long lists throughout the categories, giving you some insight into which films were in the running. (Personal shout-out to my friends who made the documentary "Showrunners," which got a little love on the documentary list.) Check out the full list of winners below and watch it all unfold at The Circuit. Top 10 Films 1. "Boyhood" 2. "Under the Skin" 3. "Ida" 4. "The Lego Movie" 5. "12 Years a Slave" 6. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 7. "Two Days, One Night" 8. (Tie) "Her,""Leviathan" 9. "The Wolf of Wall Street" 10. (Tie) "Blue Ruin" and "The Lunch Box" Best Director 1. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" 2. Jonathan Glazer, "Under the Skin" 3. Pawel Pawlikowski, "Ida" 4. Spike Jonze, "Her" 5. Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 6. Andrey Zvyagintsev, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Yeah, the Austin Film Critics Association naturally dug the Austin-set "Boyhood," and yeah, they showed a lot of love for "Nightcrawler." But the single coolest thing they did Wednesday in their awards announcement was single out "Joe" star Gary Poulter, a homeless local non-actor who tragically died after completing work on the David Gordon Green film but who delivered one of the most startling performances of the year. He belongs on any supporting actor ballot, in my humble opinion. Check out the full list of winners below, and as ever: The Circuit. Best Film "Boyhood" Best Director Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Best Actress Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood" Best Adapted Screenplay "Gone Girl" Best Original Screenplay "Nightcrawler" Best Cinematography "Birdman" Best Score "Birdman" Best Animated Film "The Lego Movie" Best Foreign Language Film "Force Majeure »
- Kristopher Tapley
Best Film: Boyhood (Richard Linklater) Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood Best Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler Best Actress: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, »
- Ryan Adams
Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner biopic, "Mr. Turner," topped the nominations for the London Film Critics Circle. The film about the English Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker played by Timothy Spall received 7 nods followed by Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" with 6. We'll find out the winners on January 18.
Here's the complete list of London Film Critics Circle nominees:
Film of the Year
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Foreign Language Film of the Year
"Norte, The End of History"
"Two Days, One Night"
British Film of the Year
Documentary of the Year
"20,000 Days on Earth"
Actor of the Year
This year's Best Supporting Actress field has more or less firmed up. It seems Patricia Arquette and Meryl Streep are ahead of the pack and have been for weeks. Keira Knightley and Emma Stone are on somewhat solid ground, rounding out the four with the HFPA/Bfca/SAG trifecta. Jessica Chastain is obviously in the mix and we've already written about Tilda Swinton being in the thick of it (as well as about why Minnie Driver deserves to be in the thick of it). Naomi Watts has her SAG nod, but that will probably have to suffice. And so that seems to be the field. But you know who really should be in this conversation? Rene freakin' Russo, that's who. I've delighted in seeing the "Nightcrawler" star pop up on a few critics' nominations lists, and even win. But as Jake Gyllenhaal slowly works on cracking the Best Actor five, »
- Kristopher Tapley
With just a few days left in 2014, the St. Louis Film Critics have released their annual list of the best in cinema. After submitting entries over the first of this month, the critics got together on December 14 to narrow down the nominations to five per category (in cases of a tie, some had six ).
Here is the press release with the list of winners:
“Boyhood,” writer-director Richard Linklater’s 12-year chronicle of a young boy and his family’s life, won Best Film while ”Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s imaginative blend of backstage drama and cinematic fantasy, was honored with four awards from the St. Louis Film Critics Association .
- Jim Batts
1. Patricia Arquette is the actress to beat. Her role as the mom parenting two kids over 12 years in Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" could well be considered a lead. By moving her to supporting, IFC figured--correctly--that she had a better chance of winning the category. Arquette is movingly real and natural as the mother who shepherds her children through the breakup with their father (Ethan Hawke) and two turbulent marriages before emerging as a professional successful single woman--with an empty nest. Arquette's money scene comes near the end, when her son leaves for college and she admits, "I thought there would be more." Arquette is a key window into this accessible and identifiable movie, for parents and children alike. While Arquette, 46, has been a standout actress for years in such films as "True Romance," "Ethan Frome" and "Lost Highway," "Boyhood" is her highest-profile role to date and would »
- Anne Thompson
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