On the Critics Choice Award Nominees

http://mobilevideoplus.net/page-15067/ The nominations for the Critics Choice Awards, coming up January 15th on A & E, were announced on Monday and not without a few surprises. Here are the winners and losers from the Critics Choice Award Nominations….

see Winner: “Unbroken”

Lyrica no prescription For the first time in this awards season Angelina Jolie’s World War II drama picked up a major Award nomination. “Unbroken” looked all but done after being snubbed by SAG and the Golden Globes but with a renewed push by critics and the nationwide opening coming up on Christmas Day, there may still be some life in “Unbroken” yet this awards season.

Loser: “Foxcatcher”

After leaping back into the awards season last week with major nominations for SAG and the Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Actor for Steve Carell, the Critics Choice Awards shut “Foxcatcher” and Carell out of the major categories. Only Mark Ruffalo managed a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Winner: “Nightcrawler”

Momentum may be building in favor of “Nightcrawler” receiving not just a Best Actor nomination for Jake Gyllenhaal, but a Best Picture nomination as well. The Critics Choice Awards surprised many by nominating “Nightcrawler” for Best Picture over more likely candidates such as “Foxcatcher” or “Into the Woods.” “Nightcrawler” also picked up an Original Screenplay nomination from the Critics.

Loser: “Big Eyes”

If Tim Burton’s art world biopic wasn’t finished off by the snubs from SAG and the Golden Globes, the Critics Choice Awards likely put the final nail in the coffin of what is nevertheless Burton’s best film in years. Most telling of “Big Eyes” status as toast in the Awards season is the lack of love for two time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz who was snubbed by all but the Globes.

Winner: “Selma”

After arriving too late for SAG nominations, “Selma” has roared back into the Awards conversation on the strength of multiple Golden Globe nominations and major nominations for the Critics Choice Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor for David Oyelowo, Best Director for Ava Duvernay and Best Acting Ensemble.

Loser: “A Most Violent Year”

Like “Big Eyes” the makers of “A Most Violent Year” needed a bail out from the Critics Choice Awards in order to get back into the Awards conversation. It didn’t happen although Jessica Chastain did score a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Chastain will likely be the only part of “A Most Violent Year” to emerge from the early portion of the Awards season to emerge with any buzz.

Winner: “Whiplash”

For the first time this awards season “Whiplash” has entered the Best Picture race. Now, the Damian Chazelle music drama is an Academy Award longshot, having not scored with either SAG or the Golden Globes, but the Critics Choice Award nomination, at the very least, may move some Academy members to take a closer look at the film beyond the obvious Best Supporting Actor nomination for J.K Simmons.

Loser: “Into the Woods” and “American Sniper”

If you had asked me two months ago if “Into the Woods” and “American Sniper” would be in the Best Picture conversation I would have assured you that they would be. Now, neither the big budget Disney musical or Clint Eastwood’s intense sniper biopic are anywhere near the Best Picture conversation, each having been denied by SAG and now the Critics Choice Awards. Sure, “Into the Woods” somehow snagged a nomination for Best Acting Ensemble but without a Best Picture nomination the film is pretty much dead in the water. “American Sniper’ meanwhile was ghetto-ized into the Best Action movie category, a true Best Picture kiss of death.

Winners: “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Theory of Everything” and “The Imitation Game”

The field is pretty well clear for the five films I mentioned above. These five films are the only films to have received nominations for all of the major awards season fare thus far. “Foxcatcher” was part of this group as well before the Critics Choice nominations, not it is down to these five with “Selma” likely right alongside them, trailing only because of a deadline issue with SAG.

Loser: Timothy Spall in “Mr. Turner”

Timothy Spall entered the awards season with a great deal of buzz for his work in “Mr. Turner.” Sadly, following snubs last week by SAG and the Golden Globes, his awards hopes cratered. And now with the Critics Choice Awards, Spall is officially finished in the Best Actor race.

Winner: Tilda Swinton and “Snowpiercer”

Tilda Swinton is beloved by just about everyone in Hollywood and yet it took the Critics Choice Awards to finally recognize her extraordinary work in 2014. Swinton has received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Critics Choice Awards and it could be just the kind of attention getter this direct to pay per view release needed to get in front of the eyeballs of a few more Academy members. I’m not saying “Snowpiercer” has much chance of making an Academy splash but at the very least, Swinton’s nomination could spur interest in a movie that bypassed most theaters in favor of being one of the highest grossing On Demand titles of the year.

Losers: Scarlett Johannson in “Under the Skin” and Essie Davis in “The Babadook”

Sadly two of the best performances of the year were passed over by the Critics Choice Awards. Scarlett Johansson’s frighteningly original performance in “Under the Skin” and Essie Davis’s extraordinary work in the Aussie horror flick “The Babadook” deserved so much more than nominations in the Best Actress in a Horror/Sci-Fi Movie category. Forget the genre, Johansson and Davis were every bit as good as the best of the Best Actress candidates, all of whom emerged the drama category.

The 20th Annual Critics Choice Awards January 15th on A&E

The 20th Annual Critics Choice Awards January 15th on A&E

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE
Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Whiplash

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

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

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
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

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood
Ansel Elgort – The Fault in Our Stars
Mackenzie Foy – Interstellar
Jaeden Lieberher – St. Vincent
Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Quvenzhane Wallis – Annie
Noah Wiseman – The Babadook

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

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
Unbroken – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson
Wild – Nick Hornby

BEST CINEMATOGRAPY
Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Interstellar – Hoyte Van Hoytema
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Unbroken – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION
Birdman – Kevin Thompson/Production Designer, George DeTitta Jr./Set Decorator
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
Inherent Vice – David Crank/Production Designer, Amy Wells/Set Decorator
Interstellar – Nathan Crowley/Production Designer, Gary Fettis/Set Decorator
Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
Snowpiercer – Ondrej Nekvasil/Production Designer, Beatrice Brentnerova/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING
Birdman – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
Boyhood – Sandra Adair
Gone Girl – Kirk Baxter
Interstellar – Lee Smith
Whiplash – Tom Cross

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard
Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran

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

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

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

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

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
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

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow
Scarlett Johansson – Lucy
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy
Shailene Woodley – Divergent

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

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jon Favreau – Chef
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Chris Rock – Top Five
Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Rose Byrne – Neighbors
Rosario Dawson – Top Five
Melissa McCarthy – St. Vincent
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Kristen Wiig – The Skeleton Twins

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

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Citizenfour
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters

BEST SONG
Big Eyes – Lana Del Rey – Big Eyes
Everything Is Awesome – Jo Li and the Lonely Island – The Lego Movie
Glory – Common/John Legend – Selma
Lost Stars – Keira Knightley – Begin Again
Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

BEST SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

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