Sorry the National Society of Film Critics doesn't fit inside your box

Sorry the National Society of Film Critics doesn't fit inside your box

'Goodbye to Language' victory riles

En route to Palm Springs yesterday afternoon, I saw the news that the National Society of Film Critics had gone against the flow, where most would have expected a "Boyhood" win, and named Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language" the year's best film. What I wasn't fully aware of until this morning was the wave of displeasure it apparently spurred.

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'Birdman' strong with Central Ohio film critics nominations

'Birdman' strong with Central Ohio film critics nominations

10 mentions for the film that could lead Oscar nods

In nominations announcements from those critics groups who bother with them, "Birdman" is far and away the leader, even if "Boyhood" remains the overall victor on the winning side. That played out again with the Central Ohio Film Critics Association, which handed Alejandro González Iñárritu's film 10 nominations Sunday morning. One wonders whether the film could lead with the Oscar nods, too, when they are announced in just 11 days.

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Brad Pitt leads an 'Oyelowo' sing-along at Palm Springs awards gala

Brad Pitt leads an 'Oyelowo' sing-along at Palm Springs awards gala

Oscar season hopefuls take their first stage of the new year

PALM SPRINGS — The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival lit up the desert night sky Saturday night with an awards gala recognizing top prospects in this year's Oscar race. Talent from films like "Gone Girl," "Birdman," "The Theory of Everything," "Still Alice" and "Wild," among others, was on hand to ring in the new year with towering statues dished out on a massive stage that seemed to scream out, "This is a serious awards season stop!"

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Goodbye to Language
Credit: Kino Lorber

National Society of Film Critics names 'Goodbye to Language' the Best Film of 2014

Godard’s trippy 3-D drama finds love from a group who adores him

Saturday afternoon, the National Society of Film Critics, "made up of many of the country’s most distinguished movie critics," announced the winners of its annual "Best of" vote. Critical darlings came out on top, with Jean-Luc Godard’s 3-D film "Goodbye to Language" prevailing in the Best Picture category.

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Jennifer Aniston - Cake
Credit: Cinelou Films

Jennifer Aniston’s 'Cake' performance earns SBIFF honor

Is this the most aggressive campaign of the year?

Clearly drunk on Netflix’s mass uploading of all 10 "Friends" seasons, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Friday evening that Jennifer Aniston would earn its Montecito Award. The fest’s prestigious accolade reconigzes a performer who has "given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his or her and whose style has made a major contribution to film." Previous winners include Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bradem, Naomi Watts, and Annette Bening. SBIFF honors Aniston for her "inspirational performance" in "Cake." 

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Industry cinematographers weigh in on film vs. digital

Industry cinematographers weigh in on film vs. digital

As Mike Leigh smacks Quentin Tarantino's crusade as 'bollocks'

The on-going film vs. digital debate seemed to reach a bit of a fever pitch in 2014. A lot of that had to do with the fight by filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan to maintain Kodak's production of film stock. It was a fight they won in August, while the industry at large would surely prefer to march headlong into the (more affordable) future of ones and zeroes. But this "debate" has remained a somewhat nuanced one, even as the separate passionate sides have presented it as cut and dried.

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Interstellar
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Hear directors breakdown scenes from 'Interstellar,' 'Birdman' and 'Inherent Vice'

Mini-commentaries for the season’s major contenders add massive insight

The future of director commentaries is grim. Without physical DVD releases to bulk up with extras, digital downloads arrive bare boned. The new-fangled iTunes Extras could pave the way for a new era, or independently produced accompaniments could emerge — who wouldn’t pay $1.99 for a podcast commentary, new or old? — but for now, rambling explanations from our favorite filmmakers is a dying art.

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Could 'Nightcrawler' make a play on a Best Picture nomination?

Could 'Nightcrawler' make a play on a Best Picture nomination?

With SAG and ACE notches on its belt already, how far can it go?

Voters are, well, voting, ballots in hand, catching up with screeners and such. As already laid out earlier this week, there's plenty in the news to help curate the field in this way or that, but this is also the time for outright discovery. And you know what film is playing really, really well to voters lately? "Nightcrawler," that's what.

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'American Sniper,' 'Nightcrawler' join Oscar players with ACE editing nominations

'American Sniper,' 'Nightcrawler' join Oscar players with ACE editing nominations

A tie yields six nominees in the dramatic category

If you were looking for things to be shaken up a little bit in this year's Oscar race, the American Cinema Editors (ACE) offered a slight jolt Friday with the organization's 65th annual list of nominees for film editing. And if you were wondering if "Nightcrawler" might make a serious play on the circuit, well…

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Selma
Credit: Paramount Pictures

'Selma' to screen for free in town where history was made

Alabama locals will be able to catch the movie starting January 9.

As the holiday season comes to a close, Paramount Pictures delivers one more gift. When the studio’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" opens wide on Jan. 9, the film will play for free in the town where it all started: Selma, Alabama. 

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