Friday critics’ roundup: Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Birdman advance

criticsroundup 19.12.14

Another week is nearly over, which means that there is another bunch of critics awards to report on. Leading the pack still is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which continues to be trailed by Birdman. Amongst these is a few surprises, mostly in the form of Nightcrawler‘s quick ascension from TIFF play to underdog, the lack of The Imitation Game (although that was always going to be a bigger play with the industry, not critics) and Mommy, which I still see as the Foreign Language frontrunner despite its lack of a Golden Globe nomination and critics wins (Interested to see how that pans out for it), and some more love for the excellent Snowpiercer. 

Full lists from Phoenix, San Diego, Austin, St. Louis, Indiana, Kansas, and San Francisco.

Phoenix Critics’ Circle Awards

Best Picture Birdman
Best Comedy Film The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Horror or Sci-Fi Film Snowpiercer

Best Mystery or Thriller Film Gone Girl and Nightcrawler

Best Actor Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor JK Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress Emma Stone, Birdman

Best Director Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman

Best Screenplay Birdman

Best Animated Film The Lego Movie

Best International Film Force Majeure and Ida

San Diego Film Critics

Best Picture Nightcrawler

Best Director Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Best Actress Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Best Supporting Actor Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress Rene Russo, Nightcrawler

Best Original Screenplay Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Best Adapted Screenplay Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Best Cinematography Robert Elswit, Nightcrawler

Best Editing James Herbert and Laura Jennings, Edge of Tomorrow

Best Production Design Anna Pinnock and Adam Stockhausen, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Score James Newton Howard, Nightcrawler

Best Ensemble Birdman

Best Animated Film The Boxtrolls

Best Documentary Citizenfour

Best Foreign Language Film Force Majeure

Body of Work Willem Dafoe (The Fault in Our Stars / The Grand Budapest Hotel / John Wick / A Most Wanted Man / Nymphomaniac Vol. II)

Austin Film Critics

Best Film Boyhood, Richard Linklater
Best Director Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Best Actress Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Best Adapted Screenplay Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Score Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Best Foreign Language Film Force Majeure
Best Documentary Citizenfour 
Best Animated Film The LEGO Movie 
Best First Film Nightcrawler 
Breakthrough Artist Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
Best Austin Film Boyhood 
Special Honorary Award Gary Poulter, for his outstanding performance in Joe

AFCA 2014 Top Ten Films
1. Boyhood
2. Whiplash
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Birdman
5. Snowpiercer
6. Nightcrawler
7. Selma
8. The Imitation Game
9. TIE: Inherent Vice and Gone Girl

St. Louis Film Critics

Best Film Boyhood
Best Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Best Actress Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay Birdman
Best Adapted Screenplay Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Best Cinematography Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Visual Effects Interstellar
Best Musical Score Birdman
Best Soundtrack Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Art Direction The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Animated Film The Lego Movie
Best Art-House or Festival Film Whiplash
Best Comedy Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Documentary Citizenfour
Best Non-English Language Film Force Majeure
Best Scene (favorite movie scene or sequence) X-Men: Days of Future Past – Quicksilver Escape from the Pentagon

Indiana Film Critics

Best Film

Winner: “Boyhood”

Runner-up: “Whiplash”

Other Finalists (listed alphabetically):

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

“The Imitation Game”

“Life Itself”

“Locke”

“A Most Violent Year”

“St. Vincent”

Best Animated Feature

Winner: “The LEGO Movie”

Runner-Up: “The Boxtrolls ”

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: “Two Days, One Night”

Runner-Up: “Ida”

Best Documentary

Winner: “Life Itself”

Runner-Up: “An Honest Liar”

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Runner-up: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Runner-up: Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Director

Winner: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Runner-up: Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Best Actress

Winner: Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Runner-up: Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Jessica Chastain “A Most Violent Year”

Runner-up: Melissa McCarthy, “St. Vincent”

Best Actor

Winner: Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Runner-up: Tom Hardy, “Locke”

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Runner-up: Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Best Musical Score

Winner: Mica Levi, “Under the Skin”

Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Original Vision Award

Winner: “Boyhood”

Runner-up: “Under the Skin”

The Hoosier Award

Winner: Eric Grayson, film historian and preservationist

Kansas City Film Critics

Best Film Birdman

Robert Altman Award For Best Director Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Actor Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor Edward Norton, Birdman

Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Adapted Screenplay Obvious Child

Best Original Screenplay Birdman

Best Animated Feature The LEGO Movie

Best Documentary CITIZENFOUR

Vince Koehler Award honoring the year’s best sci-fi/fantasy/horror film The Babadook

San Francisco Critics’ Circle

Best Picture Boyhood

Best Director Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Actor Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor Edward Norton, Birdman

Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Screenplay, Original Birdman

Best Screenplay, Adapted Inherent Vice

Best Cinematography Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal, Ida

Best Editing Sandra Adair, Boyhood

Best Production Design Adam Stockhausen, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Animated Feature The LEGO Movie

Best Documentary Citizenfour

Best Foreign Language Picture Ida

Special Citation

  • Blue Ruin
  • The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Listen Up Philip
  • The One I Love
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