Last year, Lupita Nyong’o stepped out from obscurity to wow crowds in "12 Years a Slave" and earn her first Oscar. 12 months later, supporting actor workhorse David Oyelowo is taking a similar jump, earning rave reviews for his role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma." The unexpected common link between the two performances? Brad Pitt and his production banner Plan B. Now, according to Variety, Pitt will play matchmaker for this critically acclaimed pair: They’ll star together in Plan B’s new indie film "Americanah."
Chiming in from across the pond, the London Film Critics Circle has added its collective voice to the 2014 circuit with a list of nominations. It was "Mr. Turner" that led the way with seven total nominations, though "Birdman" wasn't far behind with six. Julianne Moore picked up a pair of nominations in the lead actress category for her work in "Maps to the Stars" and Oscar play "Still Alice," while Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") and Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner") each saw nominations in the lead actor and British actor of the year categories.
HOLLYWOOD — Friday's announcement that Angelina Jolie would not appear at the Los Angeles premiere of "Unbroken" because she's currently suffering from a rare bout of chicken pox was met with skepticism by some, but after attending the event Monday night, we believe it. No matter what happened last week after Jolie found herself unwittingly in the crosshairs of the Sony hacking scandal, she would have wanted to be at the Dolby Theater for this.
LONDON — Can you believe "The Hobbit" is coming to an end? Sure, there's a very valid argument the big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's first Middle Earth novel didn't need to be three movies, but still. This is a project that has been on movie fans' radars for over seven years and it's finally (we think), finally coming to an end.
The Chicago Film Critics Association announced 2014 superlatives Monday night and it was "Boyhood" -- big shock -- coming out on top. Also, in what must have been a heartwarming moment during the announcement dinner, "Life Itself" won Best Documentary.
The Academy has announced the seven bake-off finalists for this year's makeup and hairstyling Oscar race, and the only real surprising omission is Disney's "Into the Woods." I personally thought it looked a bit, eh, theatrical and not quite camera ready, if you will. But I figured it would skate on in here.
Another hour, another announcement that "Boyhood" won a critics award. This time, it's the Detroit Film Critics Society, which also jumped on the recent Rosamund Pike bandwagon. One of the few categories "Boyhood" lost in was the ensemble field, which apparently yielded a three-way tie. Guys…
Um, did Terrence Malick go off and channel David Cronenberg or Gaspar Noé or is the "Knight of Cups" trailer just an amazing bit of marking? We've been waiting a while for this one and, well, it sure as hell looks like it was worth the wait.
Moving right along, the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association more or less fell in line with top honors going to "Boyhood." Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director for "Boyhood" and supporting kudos went to frontrunners J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette, but the lead fields were a bit more adventurous with Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler," his second prize on the day) and Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl") going the distance.
This tally will change throughout the day and certainly the week as more organizations declare 2014 superlatives, but at present, critics and precursor Best Picture honors break down thusly: seven for "Boyhood," two for "Birdman" and one each for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Ida," "A Most Violent Year," "Nightcrawler," "Selma" and "Snowpiercer." But "Birdman" and "Grand Budapest" have led the lion's share of nominations announcements, making it clear, if this morning's BFCA list hadn't crystallized it, that the season's critical darlings are Wes Anderson, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Richard Linklater.