<p>Brendan Gleeson in &quot;Calvary&quot;</p>

Brendan Gleeson in "Calvary"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

British Independent Film Awards go to 'Pride,' Brendan Gleeson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

'Boyhood' wins Best International Film award

Yann Demange's "'71" had a strong showing in the nominations stage for the 2014 British Independent Film Awards, but it was Matthew Warchus' "Pride" walking away with top honors, including Best Film, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. However, my favorite win of the evening has to be Brendan Gleeson's for the underrated "Calvary." Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle") rounded out the acting honors.

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Boyhood
Credit: IFC Films

'Boyhood' named best film by New York Film Critics Online

'Birdman' and 'Two Days, One Night' pick up multiple awards

Sunday afternoon, the New York Film Critics Online organization voted on and announced its 2014 award winners, including "Boyhood" as Best Picture. In the past, NYFCO’s echoed the major contenders in each category, adding to a snowball effect for films like previously named Best Pictures like "12 Years a Slave," "Zero Dark Thirty," and "The Artist." This year sticks to the trend, with familiar picks popping up in the organization's major categories.

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Boston Society of Film Critics names 'Boyhood' Best Picture of the year

Boston Society of Film Critics names 'Boyhood' Best Picture of the year

Michael Keaton and Marion Cotillard take top acting honors

The Boston Society of Film Critics kicked off a busy day for awards on Sunday by naming "Boyhood" the year's best film. The IFC Films release also took Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble and Best Film Editing honors. Check out the full rundown of winners with thoughts throughout below, and remember to keep track of the season at The Circuit.

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Boyhood
Credit: IFC Films

'Birdman,' 'Boyhood' lead Washington DC critics awards nominations

'Under the Skin' and 'Interstellar' earn some much needed praise

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association will announce its Best of the Year picks on Monday, Dec. 8, in the early hours of the morning. Thankfully, for us awards season devotees, the organization was kind enough to tease what movies, performances, and technical achievements were in the mix. If you are of the opinion that a nomination can only help a fighting film’s chances, then you’ll want to check out this full list of D.C. contenders.

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<p>&quot;Snowpiercer&quot;</p>

"Snowpiercer"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Snowpiercer' named best picture by Boston online critics

'Birdman' picks up three prizes and 'Calvary' has a nice showing

The regional critics groups have begun dishing out kudos, starting today with the Boston Online Film Critics Association. And happily, we're kicking things off with an outside-the-box choice that hopefully sets the stage for this wide open season. Note to critics groups: it's OK to be this adventurous.

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 Reese Witherspoon and Cheryl Strayed revisit 'Wild' in the wild

Reese Witherspoon and Cheryl Strayed revisit 'Wild' in the wild

Strayed shares her most emotional moment on set

Watching your life flash before your eyes on the big screen can't be easy. It can be even more emotional if you're watching it in person on set. Cheryl Strayed can now join that select club.

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<p>&quot;CITZENFOUR&quot;</p>

"CITZENFOUR"

Credit: RADiUS-TWC

Make way for the 'CITIZENFOUR' steamroller: Edward Snowden doc wins top IDA honor

Praying someone wanders farther afield in this race

It's sort of a bummer to me that the two films at the forefront of this year's Best Documentary Oscar race — Laura Poitros' "CITIZENFOUR" and Steve James' "Life Itself," each of which I like just fine — can't really hold a candle to some of the very best films in contention, whether "The Overnighters" (my favorite), "Tales of the Grim Sleeper," "Virunga," etc. Alas, that's how it's shaping up. And that's just, like, my opinion, man.

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<p>&quot;Frozen&quot;</p>

"Frozen"

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Don't 'let it go' yet: 'Frozen,' 'Gravity,' 'Gone Girl' among Grammy film and TV nods

'20 Feet from Stardom' squares off with Beyoncé/Jay Z and Metallica

Nearly all of this year's Grammy nominees have been announced, with album of the year contenders still to be unveiled tonight. Looking at the nominees for visual media — i.e. film and TV stuff — we have a mix of Oscar nominees and winners from last year and potential contenders for this year. Let's take a look…

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Guardians of the Galaxy
Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

'Apes,' 'Interstellar,' 'Guardians' make Academy’s Best Visual Effects shortlist

Expected nominee ’Into the Woods’ misses the mark.

Friday afternoon, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 87th Oscars. The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. If you were a big summer movie or holiday season blockbuster, chances are you made the cut.

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10 MORE would-be Oscar contenders that went nowhere

10 MORE would-be Oscar contenders that went nowhere

Remember the lessons of these non-starters, too

Last year we whipped up a list of would-be Oscar contenders that went nowhere, movies that seemed poised for the season but ended up with a big ole' goose egg when the nominations were announced. It's less about pointing and laughing than it is about reminding of the lessons of the past. Hype is conjured by everyone from the agents and studio chiefs who encourage filmmakers with promises of prestige (this happens a lot) to media placing sometimes unwarranted expectations (hi!). There's no "fault" here, just an overall note about perspective.

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