Some Oscar® wrongs were at least partially (and in two cases, totally) righted at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards. Selma, for example, at least got more nominations; The LEGO Movie won Best Animated Feature, and Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) won for Score (while being not being considered at all for that award by Oscar®).
Birdman wound up with seven awards – including two for Michael Keaton (Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Actor); Boyhood got four (Best Director, Best Young Actor, Supporting Actress and Best Picture), and The Grand Budapest Hotel got three (Best Comedy, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design).
This year’s Louis XIII Genius Award went to Ron Howard; the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Kevin Costner and the very first MVP Award (for the most prodigious body of work over the last year) went to Jessica Chastain.
Host Michael Stahan (Live with Kelly and Michael) struggled a bit with his opening monologue, but got stronger as the night went on. The complete list of winners follow the jump.
The 2015 BAFTA Nominations have been released and there’s nary a blockbuster to be found in the Best Film Category. The closest we get is Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel with just over $174 million at the global box office. Other best Best Film nominees include: Birdman, Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.
The Grand Budapest Hotel garner a total of eleven noms; The Theory of Everything grabbed ten nominations and Birdman and The Imitation Game got nine.
The nominations for the 20th Critics Choice Awards included some big surprises. Not the thirteen moms for Birdman, necessarily, but the eleven for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel which was released way back in March (ancient history for most awards voters). Boyhood was next with eight gongs.
In many ways Birdman is a case of a great film that cannot sustain it’s greatness for more than 60 minutes. It eventually fails to live up to the amazing cast and the quirky tone that it sets up. The question is can I overlook the awfulness of the last 30 minutes?
Everyone who reads this site knows that for one month every year I go down the deep hole known as Award season where I have to cram 40 or 50 movies into a short 3 week period. As a member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association, I’m sort of proud to say we have a pretty solid track record of predicting eventual Oscar Nominations and winners. This year several of my picks did make it and for the first time ever, I had a nomination pick in every category that I voted in. Disappointed that Selma didn’t receive any love, but then the screenings were held at odd times that folks couldn’t catch it. There was no chance my pick for Chris Evans as Best Actor was going to make it to the nomination round. Agony!
As usual WAFCA selects the one movie that I didn’t see as Best Film. I don’t know where I was when Boyhood was screened earlier this year and the studio sent over an screener link to view the movie – but I’m sorry, my home internet sucks and viewing online screeners is an awful experience.
Anyhoo, Richard Linklater‘s ambitious little film Boyhood cleans up in this year’s WAFCA Awards garnering Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Youth Performance. The Michael Keaton lead Birdman also cleaned up winning Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Editing. Here’s the full list.
A actor struggles to mount a play on Broadway. Normal, right? Broadway is never easy. But this actor was once a movie god, playing the iconic superhero, Birdman. Combined with his ego problems, troubled family life and fading career, that’s a lot to put on any guy’s plate.
Is he nuts? The new international trailer for Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman suggests that might be a possibility. Check it out after the jump.
In Birdman, Michael Keaton plays a man who was once famous for playing an iconic superhero. Nothing he’s done before or since has impacted that fame and he’s pretty much considered washed up – but now he’s trying to mount a Broadway play and must overcome his ego, family troubles and, of course, the fact that everyone thinks of him as Birdman, to make it work.
Birdman is the next film from Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Biutiful). Check out the first teaser after the jump.