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The 2014 fall awards season is off to a strong start with the unveiling of the nominees for this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards. Though not as recognizable as the Oscars or Golden Globes, the Gotham Awards typically mark the start of awards season, honoring the best and brightest in independent cinema. Additionally, many of the films highlighted by the Gotham Awards go on to become Oscar frontrunners – last year’s most nominated film was eventual Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, and past winners have included Inside Llewyn Davis, Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Hurt Locker.
This year looks to be no different, with assumed Oscar contenders like Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s technically dazzling Birdman and Richard Linklater’s ambitious 12-year project Boyhood in the mix. Excitingly, Wes Anderson’s brilliant The Grand Budapest Hotel, released way back in March, also made the cut, meaning that its »
- Isaac Feldberg
Excuse the absence in this column for the last few weeks. I’ve been covering the Chicago International Film Festival, catching up with a few of the Foreign Language Oscar contenders while there. Now however, many of these movies are finally making their ways into theaters, providing an extra wrinkle into the race as both critics and fans weigh in on their quality.
Birdman has finally arrived, and it’s everything the critics and the public have imagined. The film had a solid opening on just four theaters in its opening weekend, earning half a million dollars, and Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and more have all been making the talk show rounds to promote this weird, goofy film everyone loves.
Kris Tapley went right out and handed Keaton the Oscar for Best Actor, writing “The emotional spectrum of this character, Riggan Thompson — who all actors will identify with at the end of the day, »
- Brian Welk
Gotham Awards 2014 nominations: Julianne Moore, Michael Keaton among famous names shortlisted Best Feature Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Boyhood Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films) The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Love Is Strange Ira Sachs, director; Lucas Joaquin, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer, director; Nick Wechsler, James Wilson, producers (A24 Films) Best Actress Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (IFC Films) Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Beyond the Lights (Relativity Media) Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics) Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin (A24 Films) Mia Wasikowska in Tracks (The Weinstein Company) Best Actor Bill Hader »
- Steve Montgomery
Deemed as his career best, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood leads all nominations for the 24th Gotham Independent Film Awards with winks in the Best Feature, Best Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Actress (Patricia Arquette) and Breakthrough Actor (Ellar Coltrane) while Birdman, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People technically place second with two noms a piece in the five possible categories. Arguably 2014′s most prolific indie film in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash failed to move the five-critic panels in the Best Film category and sans a Best Supporting category, means Miles Teller receives Best Award nom but J.K. Simmons will just have to wait it out for the Indie Spirit Awards to acknowledge his perf. A special Gotham Jury Award has already been awarded to the ensemble performance of the players of Foxcatcher (Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum) shrewd Vanessa Redgrave perhaps didn’t get enough screen time »
- Eric Lavallee
The Independent Filmmaker Project officially fired the starting gun on the film awards season as always this morning with the announcement of this year's Gotham Awards nominees. Unsurprisingly, the most high-profile indie in the race — "Boyhood" — drew the most nominations with a whopping four mentions, including Best Feature. That's extremely high for the Gotham Awards and it sends IFC's campaign sailing into the season with a huge burst of wind. Speaking of revving the campaign engine on an early year release, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" landed in the Best Feature category. Two years ago Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" won that category but still didn't end up with a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Can Fox Searchlight find better luck? And speaking of Searchlight, "Birdman" landed Best Feature and Best Actor nominations. Fully expected. Filling out the Best Feature category was Ira Sachs' beautiful "Love is Strange" and Jonathan Glazer »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Gotham Awards juried nominations have recently surplanted the ancient Nbr as the first real awards nomination/wins of the film year. That it happens in October is more than a little crazy, but what'cha gonna do? The New York centric film prizes, think of it as the Spirit Awards's East Coast Cousin albeit with far fewer prizes will be held on December 1st. Since they only have six categories and four separate juries (composed of critics and programmers), multiple nods aren't as easy to come by as they are at other shows but a handful of films managed it: Boyhood, Birdman, Dear White People, Nightcrawler, and Under the Skin.
Very happy to see the intensely moving Love is Strange, in constant danger of being undervalued, show up. Especially since it didn't show up anywhere else. 199 films were eligible for these honors. »
- NATHANIEL R
It's no real surprise to see Boyhood topping the this morning's Gotham Independent Film Awards nominations with four. The film is likely to lead the Spirit Award nominations as well. It will be the year's most highly touted independent feature, make several top ten lists and probably earn plenty of Oscar nominations if not a few wins. It's also no surprise to see Birdman get a couple noms. In fact, the only nomination I find particularly interesting here is the nomination for Oscar Isaac for his role in J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year. Primarily because critics have yet to see it and because the nomination committee clearly enjoyed Nightcrawler, but saw fit to nominate Isaac for A Most Violent Year, but not Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler. It's also a little disappointing to see Tom Hardy might end up being ignored even for independent awards for his performance in Locke, »
- Brad Brevet
And the Oscar season is off and running! Nominees for the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards have been unleased and Richard Linklater's fantastic "Boyhood" led the pack with four nods including Best Feature, Best Actor for Ethan Hawke, Best Actress for Patricia Arquette, and Breakthrough Actor for Ellar Coltrane.
We'll find out the winners of the 2014 Gotham Awards on December 1st! Here's the complete list of nominees:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Richard Linklater's Boyhood was nominated for four Gotham Independent Film Awards, including a nod for Best Feature. Also competing for best picture are Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange, and Under the Skin. While the Gothams celebrate only independent film, they are one of the first notable—if not the most reliable predictor—year-end movie awards. Last year, the Gothams rewarded Inside Llewyn Davis and Short Term 12's Brie Larson, in addition to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyer's Club. Boyhood was also recognized for Ethan Hawke in the Best Actor category, Patricia Arquette in Best Actress, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Gotham Awards, honoring independent film, officially kicked off this year's awards season with the announcement of its slate of nominees. "Boyhood" and "Birdman" were both well-represented, but so were films from earlier in the year such as "Tracks," "Under the Skin," and "Obvious Child" (all three of which earned nods for their lead female actors Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, and Jenny Slate, respectively). Also of note: Stave Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum were awarded a special jury award for their ensemble work in "Foxcatcher." The awards will be presented in NYC Dec. 1 in a ceremony that will also honor Tilda Swinton, "Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller, and Netflix's Ted Sarandos. Best Feature Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Love Is Strange Under the Skin Best Documentary Actress Citizenfour Life Itself Manakamana Point and Shoot Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award Ana Lily Amirpour »
Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange and Under The Skin are up for the Best Feature prize in the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The Independent Filmmaker Project calls this the “kickoff to the film awards season,” and highlights “worthy independent films.” The collection includes 15 films nominated for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. Ifp members can vote online from November 19-26. The ceremony will be held on December 1 in NYC. Here are the nominees:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ira Sachs, »
- The Deadline Team
The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced Thursday morning the nominees for the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. Highlighting the best of the year’s independent film, the Gotham Awards give an early bump to the smaller films that could get lost in the studio shuffle. For 2014, the seven competitive awards include Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Actor, Best Actress (presenting sponsor euphoria Calvin Klein), Breakthrough Actor, the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award, and the Gotham Audience Award. In addition to the competitive awards, Tilda Swinton, director Bennett Miller, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos will be honored with tributes. 24 films received nominations this year, not including a special award handed bestowed to Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum for their ensemble work in “Foxcatcher.” Voting for the primary awards begins on Nov. 19th at 12:01 Am Est and concludes on November 26th at 5:00 Pm Est. “Each year the Gotham »
- Matt Patches
Richard Linklater’s drama “Boyhood,” 12 years in the making, led the nominations list with four, including acting nods for Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane. “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s story of a has-been actor trying to make his comeback on Broadway, snagged an additional nom for lead actor Michael Keaton.
Jonathan Glazer’s scifi feature “Under the Skin” also did well, nabbing a thesping nom for lead Scarlett Johansson. Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Bill Hader (“The Skeleton Twins”) and Miles Teller (“Whiplash”) also are among the actors in the running for trophies.
Every year the Gotham nominators also recognize the breakthrough talent of emerging creatives, this year with a pool of nominees that include directors Justin Simien »
- Gordon Cox
We have added a set pictures from the event 58th Annual BFI London Film Festival – ‘Madame Bovary’ Screening. Guests included Mia Wasikowska, Sophie Barthes, Laura Carmichael and Mia Wasikowska and Laura Carmichael. Photos are copyright by Landmark / PR Photos. Mia Wasikowska attending the 58th Annual BFI London Film Festival for the “Madame Bovary” Screening at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square in London, UK. Photo is copyright by Landmark / PR Photos. »
- James Wray
At least outwardly, David Fincher’s Gone Girl is a film defined by its knife-edge turnabouts, orchestrated with an elaborate tangle of dread brought upon by a thrilling script, masterful direction, as well as an equally noteworthy score. If not for David Fincher’s sway, however, Gillian Flynn’s tale of passionate, domestic misanthropy could have easily atrophied to pulp. Is a film so gravely reliant on its many twists and turns worthy of ubiquity in praise, or is there simply more to Fincher’s Gone Girl, perchance subtler but more sizable than gender roles and suspense?
At this point in his career, Fincher is only outmatched by Alfred Hitchcock in his ardent championing of pulp. The two directors are particularly matchless in their ability to rework sensationalism and masterfully emphasize its underlying pathos instead. In the wake of Zodiac and The Social Network, Fincher no longer needs to attest »
- Morad Moazami
Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)
Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?
2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)
3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)
The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex »
- Sharon Knolle
"Like any journey, it's not what you carry, but what you leave behind." Continuing our latest feature, the Monthly Must See profile, this time around I'm highlighting an extraordinarily beautiful film called Tracks, set in Australia directed by John Curran of We Don't Live Here Anymore and The Painted Veil previously. Tracks is now playing in limited theaters and first premiered at the fall film festivals in 2013, where I first caught it. Actress Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn in the true story of an independent young woman who decides to hike 1,700 miles across the Australian desert on her own. Aside from her dog and three camels. Tracks is a very dream-like experience, filled with never-ending, gorgeous landscape cinematography from Mandy Walker complimented by a remarkably beautiful score by Garth Stevenson (I really, really love this score - currently listening to it while writing this up). I first saw the film »
- Alex Billington
Director: Sophie Barthes
Running time: 118 minutes
Synopsis: The beautiful wife of a small-town doctor engages in extra marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status.
Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, Madame Bovary is not exactly a new story but in the hands of director Sophie Barthes and with Mia Wasikowska in the titular role it certainly is a film that will appeal to new audiences.
In this adaptation, Emma Bovary (Wasikowska) goes from being a young woman, waiting for her life to start, to one so desperate for excitement she doesn’t stop to think of the consequences as she starts a series of passionate affairs. It’s a transition captured beautifully and with great maturity by Wasikowska, an actress who can capture both the naivety and self-destructive nature of the character.
- Amanda Keats
David Cronenberg has claimed that all his films are comedies.
He admitted that they may not follow the "traditional definition of a comedy" but he considers there to be a "humorous aspect" to every project.
"At Cannes, someone said, 'Have you ever considered making a comedy?'" the veteran filmmaker told Vulture.
"And I said, 'I've done nothing but'. Not maybe the traditional definition of a comedy, where it ends with a feel-good kind of thing, but for me, there is an observed and humorous aspect to the human condition and, of course, exploring the human condition is really what art is about.
"And I can't imagine not having humour be part of it. I just can't imagine it."
For better or worse Shia Labeouf is consistently making headlines around Hollywood; mostly because the world thinks he has gone insane. Seriously, he wore a paper bag that said “I’m not famous anymore” to a premiere of Nymphomaniac, was caught plagiarizing scripts, harassed Mia Wasikowska on the set of Lawless to the point where she almost left the project, and has seemingly just lost all of his marbles.
His latest stunt comes from filming the upcoming World War II drama Fury, where Shia reportedly cut his own face and had some of his teeth removed to make the movie feel more real. And before you think Shia’s being a pathological liar again, his co-star Logan Lerman actually confirmed everything in an interview with GQ. Here’s what he had to say:
On Shia cutting himself: “We were in make-up and they were putting cuts on Shia and I said, »
- Robert Kojder
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