2014 Film Critics' Awards Today, December 15, Winners from CFCA, SDFCS, DFCS2, SLFC, OFCS, IFJA, DFWFCA and Indiewire. Nominations from BFCA.

Monday, December 15, 2014

20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations

The Broadcast Film Critics Association is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 270 television, radio and online critics. Each year BFCA honors the finest achievement in filmmaking with their Critics' Choice Movie Awards and today they announced their nominees. The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony, which will broadcast live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15th at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT, the day the Academy Award nominations are announced. This is the first year that the BFCA will partner with A&E to broadcast the show.

2014 Prix Louis-Delluc Winners

I'm delighted to share with you all the most wonderful surprise when I learn that the most prestigious French Cinema award this years went to a movie that I highly enjoyed: Sils Maria (Clouds of Sils Maria) by Olivier Assayas and starring two of my favorite actress, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart. Big congrats to Assayas and his outstanding movie with the most successful tête-à-tête between two women and one character.

Also the Best First Film goes to a movie with an actress that I have been following her career since she was in the first Céline Sciamma film, Naissance des Pieuvres, Adèle Haenel in Les Combattants by Thomas Cailley that won almost all the prizes in the Directors' Fortnight section of 2014 Cannes.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

27th European Film Awards Winners

 In less than 30 minutes the live stream of the awards will began and in about an hour the awards ceremony will start. I'll be updating this post as soon as winners are announced, so if you wish to learn them fast refresh post often.

Unfortunately there is no way to embed stream but if you wish to watch ceremony go here.

Was thinking that this award needs more credibility as most of the "big stars" that were nominated are NOT there. Wonder if they learn who wins before the show so they HAVE TO attend (at least!) or not attend (which if done is really bad for show). I have seen my share of European TV, from musical magazine to awards and yes, the format is quite different from the ones used in America. I use to enjoy the EFA's ceremony because it was very elegant, very European and didn't try to be funny or an American award show. 2014 brings a TV show that is not that much entertaining as yes I do miss Anke and this is so boring that I'm writing instead of watching show. Sigh. Wish they could go back to the more elegant style of show.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

72nd Golden Globe Awards Nominations

We tend to forget that the Golden Globe is an award given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, meaning that is a film critics award and as such, there are NO Academy members that also are HFPA associates. Still, for merely entertainment purposes we like to forget the fact so we can pretend that this is the second TV show (after the number one: The Oscars) that we "love/hate" to watch every year.

All right, it is also true that most of the GG nominees will also become Oscar nominees as by this time in the award season we all have an idea of who is who and who could get Oscar nominations. Still, today nominees gave some surprises, especially for the ones that are snubbed that the ones that got nominations. Then my spontaneous reaction to the live announcement in the acting categories was the idea that I have heard all the nominees just yesterday when SAG announced theirs.

8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winners

As happened to me last year, this year was not able to see the awards ceremony live -which upsets me as this ceremony is very ceremonial, so different to what we see in in the west. Nevertheless can't deny that I'm very pleased that the movie of one of my favorite directors won the top award -which wasn't difficult as there were two of my favorite directors competing head to head-. Yes Andrey Zvyagintsev acclaimed Leviathan won the top award and to not upset Palme d'Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan (and me), the jury gave him the Best Director award for Winter Sleep.

As we know these awards recognize and promote cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest-growing film region: comprising 70 countries and areas, 4.5 billion people, and responsible for half of the world’s film output. 2014 was a very good year for the are as produced many of the year greatest world films that were honored in Cannes and continued to collect multiple awards around the world.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

A few moments ago the Screen Actors Guild announced the nominations for outstanding performances in 2014 in five (5) film and eight (8) television categories, as well as the honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles.

Not surprisingly -is an Actors award- Birdman leads the pack with four (4) nominations followed by Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything with three (3) each. Now we have a better idea of what Oscar nominations could look like as we have to remember that Actors represent about 20% of the voting members of the Academy and about 80% of SAG winners in the individual acting categories have gone on to win Oscars. Still, the ensemble category drops to about half the time or 50% chance will win an Oscar.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

27th European Film Awards News

Next Saturday December 13 at 19:00 CET you will be able to watch the 26th European Film Awards either LIVE on the official website or on any of the European broadcasters listed here.

The venue for this year’s edition of the awards ceremony, traditionally opened by the President of the European Film Academy Wim Wenders and EFA Chairwoman Agnieszka Holland, is the Latvian National Opera, a stately neo-classical style building originally constructed as the Riga German Theatre in 1863.

Announcing and presenting the winners of the European Film Awards in 21 categories will be actresses Ada Condeescu (Romania), Sylvia Hoeks (the Netherlands), Carla Juri (Switzerland), Rēzija Kalniņa (Latvia), Ariane Labed (France) and Tanja Ribič (Slovenia), their male colleagues Barry Atsma (the Netherlands), Andrzej Chyra (Poland), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Denmark), Branko Đurić (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Tobias Moretti (Austria) and Luca Zingaretti (Italy), RIGA2014 ambassadors Gustavs Terzens and Marta Selecka, and the legendary actress/director Liv Ullmann (Norway).
The ceremony will also include ‘patrons’ for the nominated films, among them actor Johannes Kuhnke (Sweden), actress Melisa Sözen (Turkey) and cinematographers Mikhail Krichman (Russia) and Łukasz Żal (Poland) as well as members of the special awards jury Halfdan E (composer, Denmark), Luís Galvão Teles (director/producer, Portugal), Michael O’Connor (costume designer, UK), Allan Starski (production designer, Poland), Asaf Sudry (cinematographer, Israel) and Peter Warnier (sound designer, the Netherlands).

Monday, December 08, 2014

2014 Independent Film Awards - Update 4

This year will do the same as last year with only listing the winners of the three Indie Awards, two in US and one in UK. We start today with the Gotham nominations and post will become final on February 15 with the Spirit Award winners.

2014 British Independent Film Awards
Nominations: Press Release
Winners: Official Site
Official Site here.
Comments: The highest number of nominations this year goes to ‘71 with nine (9) nominations including Best British Independent Film; Best Director and Debut Director for Yann Demange; Best Screenplay for Gregory Burke; Best Actor for Jack O’Connell and Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris. Pride picked up seven (7) nominations and Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mr Turner picked up five (5) nominations each.

40th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Winners

The so-called "most powerful" group of American critics voted yesterday and Boyhood becomes their most honored movie this year as got top award, best director, best actress and best editor. Most notable is that Patricia Arquette was honored as lead actress and not in a supporting role which in my opinion complicates the possible results at AMPAS unless Academy voters are clear in one of the two possibilities.

Also noticeable among winners is the absence of the film that many have called the other "strong" contender, Birdman; an absence that allowed The Grand Budapest Hotel to occupy the space with two wins and two top-awards runner-up.

Friday, December 05, 2014

87th Academy Awards Visual Effects Shortlist

AMPAS announced today that ten (10) films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category.

The full list is below.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Transformers: Age of Extinction
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

87th Academy Awards Documentary Features Shortlist

The past two days have been full of news about the awards season but also about January 2015 film festivals but I hope today is going to be more silent as we need a well-deserved break. So decided to leave for today the news about the fifteen (15) -out of the one hundred thirty-four (134) originally submitted- documentary features that advance in the voting process for the 2015 Oscars.

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

2014 National Board of Review Award Winners

Today the NBR announced their current award winners and A Most Violent Year was named 2014 Best Film of the Year.

A Most Violent Year is an exhilarating crime drama with a compelling story, outstanding performances, and an elegant cinematic style,” said Annie Schulhof, NBR President. “J.C. Chandor has given us a new and provocative perspective on the American Dream.”

2015 Golden Globes Foreign Language Films Long List

Recently the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that there are 53 motion pictures that have been approved for Golden Globe consideration in the Foreign Language category. In order to qualify for foreign language consideration, a film must have at least 51% of its dialogue in a language other than English, it must be released in its country or countries (in case of co-production) of origin between Nov. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2014, and it must have an official screening for HFPA voting members.

5th My French Film Festival

UniFrance films president Jean-Paul Salomé and Director General Isabelle Giordano today announced the lineup for the 5th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival.com, at a press conference in the presence of French Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin and Michel Gondry, president of the jury. This year selection seems a lot more interesting as has films from Cannes that I have been patiently waiting for an opportunity to watch.

Indeed can't deny that I'm very curious about Respire by Mélanie Laurent and will not mind watching Eastern Boys by Robin Campillo and Hippocrate by Thomas Lilti; which find refreshing as in previous years I have highly enjoyed the short films but the feature films selection has not been that exciting.

From 16 January to 16 February 2015, film lovers from around the world will have access to the complete selection from this, the world’s first online festival of French cinema, created by UniFrance films.

Monday, December 01, 2014

26th Annual Producers Guild Awards Nominations

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today its Documentary Motion Pictures, Television Series/Specials, and Digital Series nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards.

All other nominations and the names of the eligible producers for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures will be announced on January 5, 2015. The 2015 Producers Guild Awards takes place on Saturday, January 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

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