Los Angeles, Boston, New York Film Critics Online and British Independent Film Awards Wins (Full Lists)
At last, the full lists of winners of the Los Film Critics Association, British Independent Film (here's their livestream), Boston Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online awards are in. (Click through for more.) Lafca went defiantly against the grain, awarding a tie for best picture to Spike Jonze's "Her" (set in their hometown) and Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," while the other two critics groups gave top honors to "12 Years a Slave," director McQueen and Ejiofor. Lafca's New Generation award went to intrepid producer and founder of Annapurna Pictures Megan Ellison, who has Oscar juggernauts "Her" and "American Hustle" on the docket this winter. We're starting to see a pattern of wins across critics voting: "Act of Killing" keeps winning documentary, Emmanuel Lubezki is nabbing cinematography for "Gravity" (a likely Oscar win), and "The Wind Rises" is scoring a lot of animation wins. Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Box Office: ‘Frozen’ Ices ‘Fire’ in Weekend Showdown; ‘Furnace’ Fails to Gain Any Heat
As most of the nation dealt with wintry weather this weekend, it seemed fitting that Disney’s “Frozen” walked away with domestic box office crown, estimating $31.6 million, enough to eclipse Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which ended the three-day frame with $27 million.
In three weeks, “Catching Fire” has amassed nearly $675 million globally, of which $336.7 million comes from the States. “Frozen” has cumed $190.2 million worldwide, including $134.3 million domestically.
Prior to the weekend, the pair had been tracking neck-and-neck, with each expected to gross north of $30 million, based on past comparisons for this same weekend, as well as a lack of new competition in the marketplace.
Relativity Media’s revenge drama “Out of the Furnace” marked the only new wide release and posted a disappointing $5.3 million through Sunday. A company spokesperson commented on the performance saying, “There’s no better swing for a studio to take than one with a »
- Andrew Stewart
Harvey Weinstein Opens Up About ‘Mandela’ Plans in Wake of Leader’s Loss (Exclusive)
There are lots of times when Harvey Weinstein can be accused of leveraging events to help his movies win Oscars. Nelson Mandela’s death isn’t one of them. In a coincidence, Mandela – Madiba – happened to die at the very moment that the Weinstein Company’s biographical movie, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” was premiering in London on Thursday. See Photos: Nelson Mandela Death: The Anti-Apartheid Freedom Fighter’s Life in Pictures (Photos) Mandela’s daughters, Zindzi and Zenani (pictured at premiere with Elba at left), were sitting in the audience. The movie was five minutes away from the credits »
- Sharon Waxman
Boston online critics hand '12 Years a Slave' seven awards
It's safe to say members of the Boston Online Film Critics Association were big fans of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." The group handed the film seven awards Friday including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Best Supporting Actress (Luipta Nyong'o). Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") rounded out the acting honors, while "Before Midnight" took Best Screenplay. Check out the full list below. Best Picture "12 Years a Slave" Best Director Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" Best Actress Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" Best »
- Kristopher Tapley
Santa Barbara Film Fest to Recognize Seven Performers With Virtuosos Award
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that this year's Virtuosos Award, which annually recognizes a group of breakthrough performers, will go to seven talented individuals of widely varying ages, races and nationalities: Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and June Squibb (Nebraska). The Virtuosos award will be presented on Feb. 4 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of the fest's 29th edition, which will run from Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. Story:
- Scott Feinberg
'12 Years a Slave' and 'Her' lead the way with Washington D.C. critics nominations
Spike Jonze's "Her," Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" and especially Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" turned up great showings in the nominations stage for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association this year. All three films were nominated for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." Oddest category to me: The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC. Odd because, well, it's nice to have the category and all but "Olympus Has Fallen" and "White House Down?" Maybe "best portrayal" should be changed to "only portrayals" or something. Other nominees in »
- Kristopher Tapley
Frozen unseats Catching Fire at Us box office – top ten in full
Bell spoke to Digital Spy earlier in the month about about how she helped re-shape her character's emotional depth during voice recording sessions.
Lawrence recently offered Digital Spy a preview of the upcoming third Hunger Games movie Mockingjay.
L.A., New York, and Boston Critics awards roundup: '12 Years a Slave', 'Gravity' dominate
Sunday was a busy day for film critics on both coasts. Boston, New York, and Los Angeles Film Critics announced their annual awards, adding fuel to the Oscar-prediction fire with a strong showing for 12 Years a Slave in the Best Picture arena.
Other repeat honorees include Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett for Best Actress, 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor, and 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress. Cinematography awards mostly went to Emmanuel Lubezki for his work on Gravity, and Inside Llewyn Davis »
- Lindsey Bahr
'12 Years a Slave' tops Boston Society of Film Critics awards
Cate Blanchett earnest best actress for her work in Blue Jasmine, while James Gandolfini won best supporting actor for Enough Said, and June Squib won best supporting actress for Nebraska. See the full list of winners below:
12 Years a Slave
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
June Squibb, »
- Denise Warner
Metro Manila named British independent film of the year
Low-budget thriller set in the Philippines is standout winner at 2013 Bifas, with director Sean Ellis also named best director
• Interview: Sean Ellis
A shoestring-budget heist thriller set in the Philippines – partly because its Brighton-born director couldn't get a film made in the UK – was on Sunday night named British independent film of the year.
In an interview with the Guardian Metro Manila director Sean Ellis said he decided to make a film in the Philippines because he could not drum up any interest in making what is his third film in the UK. "In this country our favourite word is no," he said.
Ellis drew up a script, remortgaged his house and headed to Manila with a tiny »
- Mark Brown
Catherine Deneuve accepts lifetime achievement award with cool aplomb
French actor takes snowy Berlin in her stride as she wins prize at a European film awards dominated by The Great Beauty
The wet snow that fell on Berlin on Saturday evening had nothing on the froideur of Catherine Deneuve, in town to receive a lifetime achievement prize at the European film awards and not best pleased about it either. "Lifetime achievement – those are not good words," the 70-year-old French actor told the press before the ceremony. "To achieve life is to mean that you are dead. It's not an award you give to someone who is still alive."
Deneuve was honoured for an impressive 50-year back catalogue that stretches from roles in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Repulsion and Belle de Jour through to more recent work in the likes of Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark and François Ozon's Potiche. Along the way she has been »
- Xan Brooks
Andrew Newman: 'There are lots of challenges with Derren Brown'
Objective's chief on why the magician's Channel 4 special this week had to be different and the return of Peep Show
Andrew Newman, an executive producer on illusionist Derren Brown's latest Channel 4 show, in which he coaches pensioners to steal a Chapman brothers painting from an art exhibition, is no stranger to brazen stunts. Early in his TV career, Newman worked with Sacha Baron Cohen in his Ali G phase and Chris Morris on Brass Eye, so he should have a natural affinity with Brown's high concept pranks.
As chief executive of Objective, the independent producer behind Brown's TV output, Newman oversees a programming slate that mirrors his own background working on offbeat, sometimes spiky series. The likes of Peep Show, Fresh Meat and Toast of London – recommissioned for a second Channel 4 series last week – attract critical plaudits and industry awards, but not always large audiences.
- Maggie Brown
Ruth Wilson: 'Maybe I should do some panto'
She's played a seductive killer, a damaged prostitute, and an anguished schizophrenic. Does Ruth Wilson never fancy doing something lighter? As she makes her directing debut, she talks to Andrew Dickson
"Um," says Ruth Wilson worriedly, her brow furrowing and her long limbs coiling in embarrassment around her chair. "I am a bit of a control freak. Well, not really. Not totally." She halts. "Ok, I am a bit." Blimey. All I've asked is whether she's ever performed drunk. She seems scandalised by the notion. "No, no," she says. "The idea of not being in control of your faculties, I don't think so. Too much responsibility. Too scared!"
Fear isn't a concept you associate with Wilson, who has made her reputation in some unflinching roles: a sensuous Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, a psychologically harrowing Karin in Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly, Anna Christie in Eugene O'Neill's »
- Andrew Dickson
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