The Directors Guild of America (DGA) is notable in the season for a number of reasons. First, it's a massive voting body unlike most on the circuit, so their nominations choices can often hint toward consensus. Second, their winner very often goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Director, which as we all know tends to presage the Best Picture Oscar. But...
It's starting to look like the BAFTA line-up of visual effects nominees will be mirrored at the Oscars. While one would have thought "Godzilla" would be strong all year, it missed with the Brits and, today, was snubbed across an array of categories by the Visual Effects Society. Ouch, guys.
Nominations have been announced for the 51st annual Cinema Audio Society Awards, and as ever with this group lately, there are a few surprises. For instance, "Unbroken" made the cut despite being mostly ignored by the guilds and industry groups so far, and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" showed up as well. The biggest jaw-dropper might just be that after months of being the poster child for sound complaints, somehow, some way, "Interstellar" ended up in the mix (no pun intended).
The nominations for France's Lumière Awards were announced this morning, and leading the way was the film's Oscar foreign film entry "Saint Laurent" (which sadly didn't make it past the initial culling with the Academy). The film picked up four nominations and will compete for best film with Cannes hit "Girlhood," "La Famille Bélier," "Pas son genre," fellow Oscar foreign hopeful "Timbuktu" and "Three Hearts."
Still with us? Yeah, a lot of groups decided to announce winners today. Next up, the Houston Film Critics Society, which joined the chorus and went with local grown "Boyhood." The film won six awards, including a Texas Independent Film honor and a Technical Achievement prize.
Members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists hitched their wagon to the "Boyhood" train with wins for Best Picture and Best Director. But "Birdman" won five awards and tied for a sixth, so it obviously was a favorite.
The Denver crowd decided to shake things up a little bit today by being the first group to hand Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" its award for best film of the year. Star Bradley Cooper tied with "The Grand Budapest Hotel's" Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor, while "Birdman" led the overall winners list with three prizes.
The nominees for the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association's Dorian Awards have been unveiled, and on the film side, "Birdman" again leads the way with four nominations. "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game" and "Pride" each landed three, filling out the best picture slate along with "Boyhood."
All of a sudden, this is the last Oscar column before the nominations are revealed Thursday. Wait, I have to settle on predictions soon? But… But… Seriously, there are a number of categories this year that are sort of gridlocked in interesting ways, with bubble contenders looking really strong and lots of intangible stuff flying around to keep anyone who does this — and understands it as nuanced rather than absolute — from feeling overly confident.
BEVERLY HILLS — Once the Golden Globes show is over, the party really begins. Actually, let's rephrase that: that's when the "parties" begin. This year there were six on the grounds of the Beverly Hilton and another just a few miles away. But, as you'd suspect, the place to be is where the winners are and for the movie world that meant the FOX/20th Century Fox/Fox Searchlight shindig or the now legendary annual Warner Bros./In Style fete. The former featured big winners from "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Birdman," "How To Train Your Dragon 2" and FX's "Fargo." The latter is the party where every possible movie, TV and music star collides in a shoulder-to-shoulder extravaganza of pop culture. There was one moment at the WB/In Style event, however, which just has to be discussed before anything else.