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Monday
Dec152014

"Critics Choice" Flies With Keaton, Checks Into the Grand Budapest & Stands with Jolie, Unbroken

(We interrupt your Missi experience this morning to bring you more awards news. Missi returns this afternoon for two final posts.) 


If you missed my predictions and would like to mock them, they were here. The Critics Choice which will be broadcast live on A&E this year from the Iconic Hollywood Palladium (a new home and venue) on January 15th at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. I shall try and attend again. If I can get a better table. What? Travel expenses must be justified!

BEST PICTURE
Birdman - leading with 13 nominations
Boyhood - 8 nominations
Gone Girl - 6 nominations
Grand Budapest Hotel - second place with 11 nominations. wow
The Imitation Game - 6 nominations
Nightcrawler - 3 nominations
Selma - 5 nominations
Theory of Everything - 5 nominations
Unbroken - 4 nominations
Whiplash - 4 nominations

I suspected (aka predicted) that we'd see Unbroken and Gone Girl resurface in the conversation here. In fact the only prediction I got wrong was I didn't foresee Nightcrawler happening, fearing that the AFI love for American Sniper was significant. I think Boyhood will probably win in the end (especially given the weird halfhearted "comedy" section of the awards pulling votes away from Birdman) but good on Birdman for that astounding level of support.

I was really hoping for one non-Oscary thing though. I thought Under the Skin might have an outside chance for a shocker (and yes I voted for it).

JAKE GETS THE JOB and more after the jump...



 

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes, Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything

 

 

Exactly as I predicted but for Ralph Fiennes replacing Steve Carell. And that's trading up. No offense to Carell who is a strong actor (and possibly only beginning his stretch to dramatic greatness - he already had the comic part covered) but Fiennes in Grand Budapest Hotel is just... heaven. Elegant but zany seriocomic timelessness. A performance that it's nearly impossible to see any one else giving. 

BEST ACTRESS 
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

 

 

6/6 in my predictions here. So does Oscar go for the acclaimed foreign goddesses in a perceived-to-be "weak" year (again, it wasn't a weak year) which they've done in the past or go for a romantic comedy darling going serious as they'd done in the past. Which will it be? Aniston seems to have the competitive edge but on the other hand votes for Amy Adams & Hilary Swank (the outliers) seem more likely to siphon from Aniston support. So...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Bidrman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

I missed Brolin in my predictions even though I voted for him. LOL. It's a performance I love almost in inverse proportion to how much I dislike the film. More on his work soon when I get a second to pause and write. 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - name AND film
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer 

I stumbled in my predictions with both Laura Dern and Rene Russo who have both had trouble landing nominations despite high profile campaigns and a surging film, respectively. I suspected we'd see a big surprise like a Carrie Coon or something happening and we did but the BFCA gazed far back into the film year to select TILDA SWINTON!

A shoe is not a hat.


BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS (Under 21) - name AND film

 Ellen Coltrane -Boyhood
Ansel Elgort - Fault in Our Stars
Mackenzie Foy - Interstellar
Jaeden Lieberher - St. Vincent
Quvenzhane Wallis - Annie
Noah Wiseman - The Babadook 

This category worked out EXACTLY as I was was expecting but that I stupidly forgot about little Jaeden Lieberher. Anyway, I think if studios actively campaigned for these less high profile categories we would have seen Emjay Anthony from Chef on this list. I really do. 

Noah Wiseman topped my ballot and will again when we vote on winners. 

 

 


BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE 
Birdman
Boyhood
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Selma

UGH. No Gone Girl again? How are people missing the brilliance of that ensemble? I don't get it. Otherwise this is exactly as I predicted with Into the Woods taking its place. Anyway, this is a MUCH stronger list than SAG came up with so well done BFCA. 

BEST DIRECTING
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro Inarritu, Birdman
Angelina Jolie, Unbroken
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

My suspicions that the BFCA would embrace Angelina Jolie despite her very rough week (broken reviews, chicken pox, those "spoiled brat / camp event" Sony e-mails and a Globe shut out. OUCH) proved true. Interesting that this is the GLOBE list exactly (plus Jolie) when at the moment it happened that Globe list seemed kind of surprising. 

 

 


BEST SCREENWRITING (Original)
Birdman
Boyhood
Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler
Whiplash

I really thought there'd be six nominees and that we'd see A Most Violent Year in the mix. (sigh)

BEST SCREENWRITING (Adapted Screenplay)
Gone Girl
Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Wild 

You guys. I'm really kind of horrified that Unbroken got a screenplay nomination. I like the movie more than a lot of critics I think (i kind of dug its corny exceedingly derivative INSPIRATIONAL WAR MOVIE vibe for reasons of I'm not sure why) but the screenplay is... not good. I'm surprised Joel Coen & Ethan Coen are okay with their names being on it

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 
Birdman
Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
Mr Turner
Unbroken

I predicted a Mr Turner snub here and I'm happy to be wrong about that but NOT happy at all that Ida is the one that got the boot. The nomination for Grand Budapest Hotel also surprsies me a little. But anyway: the BFCA really needs to firm up their rules so the categories don't vacillate so much in terms of number of nominees. It's so distracting / sloppy. 

Final thought: Bradford Young continues to be the most exciting new cinematographer alive and he keeps not getting nominated for things year in and year out. He had two opportunities here for Selma & A Most Violent Year. A Most Violent Year's very late start seems to have really hurt it since it's not as buzzy topical as Selma (which had the exact same screener-free late start if you'll recall from those AFI premieres we covered

BEST ART DIRECTION
Birdman
Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Snowpiercer

I voted for Snowpiercer if I recall but I did NOT expect it to show up. I also did not (in a million years) see Inherent Vice showing up in this category. Weird. Snubbed Mark Friedberg (Noah/Selma) is, I think it's official now, the least appreciated genius Production Designer in the business. Consider the movies he has designed: Far From Heaven, Synecdoche New York, Selma, The Darjeeling Ltd, The Ice Storm, The Life Aquatic, Noah... and that he has almost no major nominations in his entire career at any major film event, with his only truly celebrated work being Mildred Pierce on TV which won him the ADG and the Emmy. 

Mistreated! Justice for Friedberg. 

All that said, I'm surprised and happy that they passed on Maleficent and yet another Hobbit movie, which are the types of movies they tend to embrace here. 

BEST EDITING 
Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Whiplash

BEST COSTUME DESIGN 
Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr Turner 


BEST MAKEUP 
Foxcatcher
Guardians of Galaxy
The Hobbit: Five Armies
Into the Woods
Maleficent

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 
Dawn of Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: Five Armies
Interstellar

Passing over Godzilla in visual effects? I find that embarrassing. 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie

Exactly as I suspected but the 'art' films this year seem to be struggling (they don't realize the important of campaigning. Song of the Sea could win prizes if people were aware of it).

BEST ACTION MOVIE
American Sniper
Captain America: Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
Fury
Guardians of the Galaxy 


BEST ACTOR in an ACTION MOVIE - name AND film
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper
Tom Cruise - Edge of Tomorrow
Chris Evans - Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Brad Pitt - Fury
Chris Pratt - Guardians of the Galaxy

Same thing I just said only Andy Serkis.

Did you notice: THE BFCA GRABBED THE GLOBE-LIKE PREVIOUSLY MISSED OPPORTUNITY OF A TELEVISED LIFETIME. Nominations for Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston all for the same show! 

BEST ACTRESS in an ACTION MOVIE - name AND film
Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
Scarlett Johansson, Lucy
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games Parts Too Many
Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy
Shailene Woodley, Divergent


BEST COMEDY
22 Jump Street
Birdman
Grand Budapest Hotel
St Vincent
Top Five 

No Neighbors? whataaaa

BEST ACTOR in a COMEDY 
Jon Favreau - Chef
Ralph Fiennes - Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Bill Murray - St Vincent
Chris Rock - Top Five
Channing Tatum - 22 Jump Street

no. #1 on my ballot, bitches

 

BEST ACTRESS in a COMEDY
Rose Byrne - Neighbors
Rosario Dawson - Top Five
Melissa McCarthy - St Vincent
Jenny Slate - Obvious Child
Kristen Wiig - Skeleton Twins


BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
The Babadook
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Interstellar
Snowpiercer
Under the Skin

Pretty amazing lineup, no?


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Ida
Leviathan
Two Days One Night
Wild Tales

This is exactly the lineup I predicted though I thought Mommy was also going to make it for a 6th nominee. Disappointed in that but it doesn't open until January and all the others actually are getting proper 2014 releases (except Wild Tales) so there's that. 


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Citizen Four
Glenn Campbell's I'll Be Me
Jodorowsky's Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters

BEST SONG (please list the song, artist and film)
Big Eyes - Big Eyes
Glory - Selma
Lost Stars - Begin Again
Everything is Awesome - Lego Movie
Yellow Flicker Beat - Hunger Games

I'm weirded out that the Glenn Campbell documentary, which did not make the documentary finals with Oscar, is nominated for documentary but not his beautiful song "I'm Not Going to Miss You" ... seems kinda backward a bit.


BEST SCORE 
Birdman (disqualified for Oscar already. boo)
Gone Girl
Imitation Game
Interstellar
Theory of Everything 

 

YOUR THOUGHTS? 

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Reader Comments (26)

I have such a huge smile on my face this morning. RALPH FIENNES!! No one else could have portrayed Gustave H with such refined elegance crossed with silliness. I actually think he may have a dark horse shot at an Oscar nod, but I'm probably setting myself up for disappointment. I'll be very happy if Wes gets into the Director line-up, which is more likely.

Thrilled for Tilda as well - that was another performance of a given character that couldn't have been equalled with someone else in the part. Can't wait to see her and Ralph work together again (twice) in the next couple of years.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Yes! Tilda's "Shoe/Hat" monologue is brilliant!

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMB76

Can we make #nothanksAmyAdams trend? If she gets in again on the strength of nothing (and if she wins that Golden Globe) I will see red in the worst way.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W.

Fiennes!!!! Please, get the Oscar nomination

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBVR

Nat, about Mommy...it's actually playing somewhere in L.A. right now, according to a piece on the website of the Montréal newspaper La Presse. You'll also note that Mommy IS on the eeligibility list that the Academy issued last week.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBill_the_Bear

There have been many idiotic "Best Actress is so weak!" articles recently, but what no one seems to be talking about is how weak is Adapted Screenplay. I didn't even particularly like Gone Girl, but if the only plausible alternatives for the win are The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, I will totally root for it.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJan

Really excited to think Fiennes and Tilda are possibilities here. I didn't even think they were possibly a thing, but now that they are....yes! Grand Budapest may be the first or second Wes Anderson that I really really enjoy.

Unfortunate that Imitation Game and Theory of Everything are everywhere and are probably locks, even for Keira and Jones. That's valuable space that could go elsewhere. (I want to think no one could possibly be so jazzed about those films/perfs that they get enough #1 votes for nominations, but that's a theory I have every year that never pans out.)

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

TOP FIVE TOP FIVE TOP FIVE TOP FIVE...yes!

Jaeden Lieberher...yes!

Selma...yes!

Unbroken...ok. (Saw it last night and "enjoyed" it as much as if not more than Interstellar.)

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Let's talk about embarassing. I've finally seen Two Days One Night and I'm really ok with Cotillard getting the nomination for it instead of The Immigrant (she is just beyond word in BOTH movies), but you just can't pretend Darius Khondji work is not one the top two of the year, in tie with Mr. Turner.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I may be an outlier, but I may have to rewatch Snowpiercer. I love Tilda but I don't understand the love for her in that movie. It seemed cartoony, not unlike Streep's role in Lemony Snicket.

And very disappointed by nothing for Begin Again. Glad N mentioned it in the recent podcast because I LOVED that movie and I agree it will hold up over the years.

The lack of ensemble nom for Gone Girl is ridiculous! Plus, why is Boyhood even considered for that? What about Fury? Captain America? What does freakin' "ensemble" even mean?

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I find it really fascinating that Best Foreign Language film has really come down to 6 or 7 titles this year. You just know people are going to have a fit when there's a WTF entry or two among the actual nominees.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Good nominations I thought. Though I had hoped you guys as a group would have nominated THE GUEST for anything (Sci-Fi/Horror Film), but as it is which film would have had to go in your already super solid list of nods in that category? So I get it.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Judging by that pic, Angelina Jolie's facial expression for "I'm a serious director" is the same as her final expression for "Fuck you Amy Pascal."

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJase

ryan -- i think the problem is a lot of people didnt see it. I never found a window. seemed like a blink / miss it release. i was surprised it didnt' break out at all given the enthusiasm those who saw it had for it.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I feelmore confident that Fiennes will oust somebody and Aniston is safe.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

every critic i know loves the MICA LEVY "Under the Skin" score so i am HORRIFIED that it's not nominated here. Too many TV talking heads in the group who only see the mainstream movies? what gives?

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

You cheaters!!! Six nominees??? What??? I don't care about the other categories, but I'm dying to know who gets the 5th spot. Jen or Marion? Tell us!!!

I guess it makes sense that after years of dealing with mindless comedies, when we get a delicious one we can't even acknowledge it. Where is Begin Again?

(I''m full of anger. I saw Malavita yesterday)

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I seriously thought for a split second from reading the headline that Diane somehow got a nomination for And So It Goes! Lol

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJonn

Peggy -- they always cheat this way in acting. It's the only way they can keep publicizing their "predicts 95% of the oscar nominees!" type of silliness. It makes me sad. Have some guts and stick to 5 ! BE BRAVE.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNathanielR

As safe as Jennifer Aniston seems (and very well could be), I have a slight feeling that they might do the inverse to Marion Cotillard that they did last time. With Rust and Bone she had SAG and Globe nominations but got snubbed with Oscar, maybe this time the opposite will happen. :p

It would be funny if her and Tilda suddenly got nominated this year even though they'e the Academy's snub queens.

Very sad for Rene Russo. I think this is for sure the nail in her coffin.

Also the nail in Hilary Swank's coffin, who I previously thought was running 6th/maybe 7th place, unless she manages to somehow get a BAFTA nod (which Aniston surely won't get).

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

So this is Sandra Bullock all over again? Can't fathom Aniston and Cotillard pronounced in the same breath.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteradelutza

Really happy about Rose Byrne, Jenny Slate, Emily Blunt, Marion Cotillard, Ava DuVernay, Ralph Fiennes and David Oyelowo. Kinda surprised they couldn't find a spot for Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I don't like Tilda's performance in Snowpiercer. She's in a different, much less interesting film. So Pam, you're not alone.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

"spoiled brat / camp event" Sony e-mails
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These words were Scott Rudin E-mail and not Sony's
Interestingly, Amy Paskal had dipelled him completely last month according to hacked mails.
Stebe Jobs ended their thirty years relationship but they also kicked him out of Cleopatra project. Nov.14 hacked mail says Scosese, Daniel DayLewis, Dicaprio will join the Cleo team and Sony co-producing with Paramount. This development just happened at Sony
after Rudin's " camp event " E-mail. Because Jolie already visited Scosese in May.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersunny

Cleopatra starring Angelina, DDL and Leo and directed by Scorsese sounds like the type of movie they used to pretend got made on Entourage.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

all i know is skimming through those emails is I DESPERATELY wanted to see "Cleo" and knew that "Jobs" would be a big ol' bore.

December 15, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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