Denver critics nominate 'American Sniper,' 'Birdman' and 'Inherent Vice'

Denver critics nominate 'American Sniper,' 'Birdman' and 'Inherent Vice'

Christopher Nolan pops up in Best Director

The Denver Film Critics Society has announced nominees for the year, and it was "Birdman" that came away with the most mentions with eight. "American Sniper" and "Inherent Vice" weren't far being with six each. They liked "American Sniper" so much they even nominated Sienna Miller's somewhat wasted performance.

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Birdman
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'Birdman' tops the 2015 Australian Academy's international nominations

'Boyhood,' 'Imitation Game,' and 'Whiplash' follow close behind

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced 14 films nominated across seven categories – Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress – for the 4th AACTA International Awards. For those following the circuit, the nominees should look familiar and preditictive of what we’ll see come Oscar time.

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'Selma' finally gets its first guild nomination, from the costume designers

'Selma' finally gets its first guild nomination, from the costume designers

Across a spectrum of period, fantasy and contemporary work

The Costume Designers Guild joined the guild chorus Wednesday morning with a list of nominees across three categories: contemporary, period and fantasy designs.

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'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest,' 'Imitation Game' remain strong with ASC nominations

'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest,' 'Imitation Game' remain strong with ASC nominations

Is Chivo cruising to his second win?

It was a pretty stellar year once again for cinematography and I don't envy the members of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) their duty of narrowing it down to the top tier. Last year they didn't even bother narrowing — they settled on a whopping seven nominees. Why not? The more the merrier when the work is this good.

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Edge of Tomorrow
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Oklahoma Critics award 'Boyhood,' Rosamund Pike and 'Edge of Tomorrow'

Plus: Awards for the 'obvious' and 'not so obvious' worst films of the year

Hand it to the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle for not conforming to categorical tradition. Yes, they hand out Best Actor and Actress (this year: Michael Keaton and Rosamund Pike), director (Richard Linklater), and Best Picture ("Boyhood"), but they also throw out a Best First Feature award a la the Independent Spirit Awards, accolades for Body of Work and Best Guilty Pleasure and dissbombs in the form of Obvious and Not So Obvious Worst Films of the Year. It’s a colorful announcement.

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Ellar Coltrane
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'Boyhood' is Iowa Critics' Best Picture of 2014

The group also found room for Reese Witherspoon and 'Birdman’'s score

The Iowa Film Critics Association announced Tuesday that "Boyhood" was the organization’s Best Picture of 2014. The film took three awards, including nods to director Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette’s supporting actress performance.

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Shailene Woodley vs. Miles Teller for BAFTA Rising Star Award

Shailene Woodley vs. Miles Teller for BAFTA Rising Star Award

Great recognition for Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jack O'Connell and Margot Robbie

The BAFTA Awards Rising Star honor is the one award the British public gets to vote on and in the nine years it's been handed out, their choices have, at times, been surprising. Well, at least to those of us on this side of the Atlantic.  

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'Theory of Everything' Exclusive: Eddie Redmayne and James Marsh breakdown a scene

'Theory of Everything' Exclusive: Eddie Redmayne and James Marsh breakdown a scene

An unexpected poignant improvisation

As we inch closer and closer to the end of Oscar nomination voting, it's sometimes the little things we've learned over the season that stick with us the most. One nugget I always associate with James Marsh's "Theory of Everything" is how intricately the filmmaker and Eddie Redmayne had to plan out the latter's portrayal of Stephen Hawking. Ever since I sat down with Redmayne in Toronto for an extended interview, it's stuck with me. If you've read about Redmayne's breakdown of Hawking's condition scene by scene, you might think it left little room for improvisation or discovery on set. That was hardly the case.

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Casting Society of America 2015 Nominations
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'Guardians,' 'Whiplash,' and… '12 Years a Slave' (throwback!) among Casting Society’s nominees

Extended eligibility merges contenders old and new

Because the Casting Society of America shifted the date of its Artios Awards, this year’s nominees include films released theatrically from July 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014, paving the way for last year’s Best Picture winner to nuzzle its way into contention along with 2014 hopefuls like "Birdman," "Boyhood," and "Selma."

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Exclusive: Dr. King comforts Cager Lee in new 'Selma' clip

Exclusive: Dr. King comforts Cager Lee in new 'Selma' clip

Henry Sanders talks about shooting the Best Picture player

We've been writing about Ava DuVernay's fantastic drama "Selma" since it first debuted at the AFI Film Festival on Nov. 11. While many have been able to catch the Best Picture player in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and other select cities since Christmas, the rest of the nation will finally get their chance to experience it on Friday. Paramount Pictures has provided HitFix with an exclusive clip which comes at a pivotal moment in the film.

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