Thursday, January 15, 2015

'Boyhood' wins best picture at BFCA awards

The Broadcast Film Critics Association also honored Julianne Moore as 2014's best actress. Moore played a professor suffering from Alzheimer's in Still Alice.
Look, I understand that the awards season can feel interminable. But as a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association, and as someone who always posts the Association's nominees, I feel I should share this year's winners with you.

The Critics Choice Awards were given out Thursday evening in Los Angeles, the same day as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced its nominees. You'll note a few differences.

Here are the winners:

Best Picture – Boyhood
Best Actor – Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress – Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Young Actor/Actress – Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Best Acting Ensemble – Birdman
Best Director – Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo, Birdman
Best Adapted Screenplay – Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Art Direction – Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Anna Pinnock (Set Decorator), The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Editing – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, Birdman
Best Costume Design – Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Hair & Makeup – Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Visual Effects – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Best Animated Feature – The Lego Movie
Best Action Movie – Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Actor in an Action Movie – Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Best Actress in an Action Movie – Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
Best Comedy – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor in a Comedy – Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress in a Comedy – Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie – Interstellar
Best Foreign Language Film – Force Majeure
Best Documentary Feature – Life Itself
Best Song – Glory, Common and John Legend, Selma
Best Score – Antonio Sanchez, Birdman

A few notable divergences from Oscar: The BFCA's best animated feature -- The Lego Movie -- was overlooked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which didn't nominate it in the animated feature category. Although he didn't win, David Oyelowo (also snubbed by Oscar) was a BFCA nominee for best actor. Oyelowo portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Selma director Ava DuVernay (overlooked by the Academy, as well) was nominated by the BFCA for best director. She didn't win, either, but made the short list. The BFCA honored Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) for writing the best adapted screenplay. Flynn, who adapted her own novel, was ignored by Oscar, too.

If you're one of those folks who enter Oscar contests, you may want to peruse the BFCA list as you begin to decide where you'll be casting your votes.

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