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20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations
It’s that time of year again, and while the internet is always going to overload with articles of snubs and surprises, this is actually a year that wasn’t especially difficult to predict. It may be somewhat surprising that Birdman managed 13 nominations for the CCMAs, leading all films, but the Ccma nominations (and Golden Globe nominations) in general are largely as expected.
Rather than just supply the list of nominations, I’m going to compare the CCMAs with the Golden Globes, where possible, and also provide some commentary for each category, including my picks.
Don’t forget that the CCMAs will be January 15th at 9pm est on A&E, and will be hosted this year by Michael Strahan.
Also, the CCMAs will include three special awards this year. Kevin Costner will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, »
- Marc Eastman
Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" tops the nominations for the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards brought to you by the Broadcast Film Critics Association of which I'm a proud voting member! Our deadline to vote for the nomination round was last Friday and I'm happy to say that most of my favorites made it to the final ballot!
"Birdman," which received 13 nods is now competing with "Boyhood," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Nightcrawler," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything," "Unbroken," and "Whiplash" for the Best Picture of the Year!
The winners for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards will be revealed live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15th at 9pm Et/ 6pm Pt. Coincidentally, this is the same day the Academy Award nominations will be announced. Legendary Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan will serve as the show.s host.
Birdman is the one to beat! The black comedy, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton, tops the list of nominees for the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. The nominations were announced Monday, with Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel trailing Birdman's 13 nods. Michael Strahan will host the show live from Hollywood Palladium on A&E Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. Et. Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner and Ron Howard will each receive special awards during the ceremony. "I am excited to host a night honoring some of the most talented people in the industry," Strahan said in a statement. "The Critics' Choice Movie »
The Bfca is the largest film critics' organization in the United States and Canada; I'm one of some 300 voting Bfca members from television, radio and online media. The “Critics' Choice Movie Awards” are among the most accurate predictors of Oscar nominations. Like the Golden Globes, the Bfca adds comedy categories to the mix, and like the Oscars, looks at technical work as well. They also throw an early and well-attended dinner show; the 20th Critics Choice Movie Awards will air live from the Hollywood Palladium on A & E at 6 pm Pacific on January 15 where they will present special awards to Kevin Costner (Life Achievement), Ron Howard (Genius Award) and Jessica Chastain (Mvp Award for her 2014 work in "Interstellar," "Miss Julie," "A Most Violent Year" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby"). Morning talk show star Michael Strahan will host. "Birdman," which has been »
- Anne Thompson
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner and Ron Howard will receive special awards at the 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association, which hosts the event, announced on Friday. The honors were determined by the Bfca’s executive committee and will be presented during the Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony on Jan. 15. A&E will broadcast the awards nationally.
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- Anjelica Oswald
The Broadcast Film Critics Association announces nominees Monday. It will be interesting to see which way they (well, we; I'm a member) go. Unlike the other critics groups that have announced so far, the Bfca — which, it should be pointed out, isn't completely made of critics, a line increasingly blurred — is a vast organization with something like 300 members. So within that, you can get a bead on consensus. Anyway, that's Monday. For now, the organization has announced a number of special awards for the Jan. 15 ceremony. The Lifetime Achievement Honor will go to Kevin Costner, seen on screens this year in Mike Binder's "Black or White." A fine choice, particularly with the resurgence in films like "3 Days to Kill" and "Draft Day" as of late. Fingers crossed he saddles up to another western one of these days, as "Dances with Wolves" and particularly "Open Range" remain stellar samples from the genre. »
- Kristopher Tapley
All hope isn’t lost for “American Sniper.” Even though the Bradley Cooper drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle hasn’t leapt into the award season race yet, it still holds a stealth advantage as it enters Oscar balloting — passionate fans.
The Golden Globe nominees (announced on Thursday) and SAG Awards (Wednesday) don’t necessarily take passion into account. But the Academy Award nominating system for best picture, determined by a preferential ballot (that puts more “weight” on a film ranked as No. 1 by a voter), can help out a movie like “Sniper,” which has ardent groupies. In recent years, films such as “A Serious Man,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “District 9,” “Tree of Life,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Amour” were nominated in the top Oscar category because their fans loved them in a fanatical way.
Here are seven filmsthat could benefit from a similar surge this year.
1. “Unbroken »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The director of Casino Royale, Martin Campbell, has been tapped by Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures to direct a film adaptation of the graphic novel Sebastian X. The production company is currently flying high as the force behind TV ratings winner The Walking Dead, and has moved to expand its slate with the novel, which is written by Michelangelo La Neve, and drawn by Stuart Immonen.
With Campbell in the director’s chair, the script will be written by Bill Marsilii (Déjà vu). The project brings together Gale Anne Hurd and Phillip Kobylanski from Valhalla, Nicholas Chartier and Craig J. Flores from Voltage (Dallas Buyers Club), and Pierre Spengler and Fabrice Giger from Humanoids – the publishing company behind the source material. The story set out in the graphic novel sees a top law enforcement officer suffer a near fatal injury, after which he is implanted with the memory of an infamous terrorist. »
- Sarah Myles
A film about how the McDonald's burger empire came to be, from the director of Saving Mr Banks. Meet The Founder...
Right then: how about McDonald's: Origins? That's not a bad title to start with. For John Lee Hancock, the director of Saving Mr Banks and The Blind Side (and the screenwriter of the underrated Kevin Costner/Clint Eastwood movie A Perfect World) is tackling the rise of McDonald's for his next movie.
Robert Siegel has penned the screenplay for the project, which will go under the name of The Founder. And it'll follow the story of Ray Kroc, an Illinois salesman, and what happened when he met Mac and Dick McDonald in the 1950s. It might skip over the impact of the firm's burgers on the world, and we doubt Morgan Spurlock is consulting. But you never know.
(Well, we probably do in this case).
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, »
Predictably it was a big morning for Boyhood and Birdman at the SAG nominations, the first really important awards announcement of the season as it comes from an actual guild and not a critics group. Those two films are very actor-centric and true ensembles so I would imagine they will fight it out for the ultimate Cast award, SAG’s version of Best Picture, while nominees The Imitation Game and The Theory Of Everything will likely split those sympathetic to British casts. Guild noms are a much better indicator generally of the way Oscar winds are blowing, so the importance of this SAG list can’t be underestimated even though, as usual, these nominees are chosen by lottery by a random 2100 person sample of SAG’s more than 100,000 -strong overall membership who will vote on the final winners. It should be noted that the discrepancy between SAG and Oscar acting »
- Pete Hammond
As protests continue around the country in the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York, actor Kevin Costner, star and producer of “Black or White,” is lamenting the difficulty in finding reliable information in the sensation of media coverage.
“What is the truth? I don’t know anymore — and we have 500 people trying to tell us,” Costner said in an interview on Variety‘s PopPolitics on SiriusXM. “There’s megaphones coming at the whole world. If our stories are mixed up, we’re not capable for cutting through the noise and getting the truth.”
In “Black or White,” Costner plays an attorney engaged in a custody battle with an African American family over his mixed race granddaughter. The actor says the movie deals with race “in a very authentic way, and it’s not a look backward, it’s a look forward. »
- Ted Johnson
It's good to watch a feel good drama that is full of all kinds of life lessons every once in awhile, and it’s good to see Kevin Costner land a solid respectable acting gig. He stars alongside Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer, The Help) in a new film called Black or White, which comes to us under the direction of Mike Binder (Reign Over Me, The Upside of Anger), who also wrote the script for the movie.
Black Or White is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, »
- Joey Paur
This is the first trailer for Black or White, a drama about a grandfather trying to raise his granddaughter all by himself, despite him not being her only family. After his wife dies in a car accident, Elliot Anderson is left alone with his granddaughter, Eloise, a little girl he and his wife raised since […]
Now it’s getting busy. Awards season, that is. Judging from the frantic calls trying to schedule interviews and other things as various voting deadlines loom, I would say we are in the thick of it. Golden Globe nomination ballots are due back Monday. SAG nominating ballots go out now, and both key precursor verdicts will be announced next week along with AFI’s annual 10 best list coming out on Monday morning. La Film Critics will be announcing their picks on Sunday, then its the nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which wound up predicting every eventual 2013 Oscar winner except Makeup and Foreign Film. There are junkets galore and tons of events going on in NYC this week, and here on the West Coast the activity is no less crazy, with several contenders trying to make any impression they can on voters — particularly Oscar »
- Pete Hammond
As Hollywood continues to reach back into its storied past for reboot and remake ideas, it was only a matter of time before the ever popular (and public domain) character of Robin Hood made his reappearance on the scene. There are right now not one but two Robin Hood-based films in the works. The first comes from Sony, who just paid a whole lot of money for a Robin Hood reimagining. Now, Disney is getting in on the fun with Nottingham & Hood, a live-action version of our favorite archer.
We actually know very little about Nottingham & Hood, which was written by first-timer Brandon Barker. The script is said to be a “revisionist” take on the Hood story, and something like the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (we hope that means the first film and not the increasingly inexplicable sequels).
Disney has been doing the rounds on its original animated films recently, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Does Not Go Quietly: Schrader’s Latest Tampered Product
Veteran film director and screenwriter Paul Schrader just can’t seem to catch a break. Much like the fate of his 2003 Exorcist prequel, his latest directorial effort, Dying of the Light has also been reedited, scored and mixed without his approval, which led to a quiet movement of protest via social media where Schrader asked audiences to avoid this studio product, which also included the support of stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin. However, it’s just the kind of publicity that would perhaps enliven interest for a film that would otherwise have flown under the radar (and one thinks Cage should have asked audiences the same request of this year’s earlier release of Left Behind, instead). Rife with a series of awkward developments and bizarrely presented characters that are grimly determined to maintain an aura of stilted seriousness that »
- Nicholas Bell
As if Chris Pratt doesn’t have enough giant tentpole films to deal with as he rockets his way to the A-list, the Guardians of the Galaxy star is now in talks to star in an actual Western, as opposed to a Western with dinosaurs or talking raccoons. Pratt is set to join a remake of Magnificent Seven, currently starring Denzel Washington, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). An original draft of the script was originally being handled by True Detective‘s Nic Pizzolato.
Deadline reported Thursday that signing Pratt could be a big step in actually helping the film get made, with the remaining five cast members still to fall into place. Previously, Tom Cruise was rumored to be the lead, with Matt Damon, Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman reportedly courted to join him. Although Pratt is no done deal either, »
- Brian Welk
It’s the most wonderful time of the year (again), and as usual it’s getting to those last few weeks before the big day when creative ideas and planning make way for frantic grabs at whatever is left on the shelves after the Black Friday zombie hordes have cleared everything out.
But fear not: because the best of Christmas is watching movies, re-watching old TV specials and trying hard to forget that George Lucas ever decided that anyone wanted a Star Wars Christmas show, there’ll always be a helping hand round these parts for those who want it.
So if you’re buying for a difficult brother, a picky sister or just for the film, gaming or TV fan in your life, what follows is a compendium of the finest gift ideas for this year’s festivities, as usual there are massive opportunities to win most of what has been included… »
- Simon Gallagher
Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer have embarked in a custody battle in the new official trailer in their latest film, ‘Black or White.’ Relativity Studios, which has just released the movie in a one-week qualifying run in L.A., has unveiled the drama’s trailer. The clip showcases a child’s maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother as they embark on their own respective legal pursuits to assume care for their beloved granddaughter, and how in two seemingly different worlds, nothing is as simple as black or white. The ‘Black or White’ trailer follows Costner’s character, Elliot Anderson, as he tells his granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell), to make sure she brushes her teeth, and [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Relativity Media has released the first trailer for Mike Binders Black or White starring Kevin Costner (Man of Steel) and Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer), and we have it for you below after the official synopsis…
Black Or White is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award® nominee Octavia Spencer) seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.
- Gary Collinson
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