Well, the esteemed men and women of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association were certainly in an indecisive mood today: in the course of today's voting, which took over four hours to complete, no fewer than three categories ended in ties. Chief among them, of course, was Best Picture, where Alfonso Cuaron's space epic "Gravity" was named alongside Spike Jonze's more intimate technological drama "Her." Both were clear favorites throughout: "Gravity" took three other awards, for Best Director, Cinematography and Editing, while "Her" won the day's first award (for Production Design) and was a close ruinner-up for Director, Screenplay and Music.
Well, one thing we've learned this weekend is that Beantown critics think very highly of "12 Years a Slave." Steve McQueen's film practically swept the Boston online critics' awards yesterday, taking seven awards in all. And it was similarly triumphant in today's voting by the Boston Film Critics' Society -- the more established and arguably more prestigious of the city's two groups -- where it took Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor.
NEW YORK — The big screen revival of Andrew Dominik's 2007 western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," economically dubbed the "Jesse James Revival" by a passionate young man named Jamieson McGonigle who set the whole thing in motion, kicked off in earnest Saturday night with a presentation of the opus to a sold out crowd at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.
It's safe to say members of the Boston Online Film Critics Association were big fans of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." The group handed the film seven awards Friday including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Best Supporting Actress (Luipta Nyong'o). Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") rounded out the acting honors, while "Before Midnight" took Best Screenplay. Check out the full list below.
Spike Jonze's "Her," Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" and especially Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" turned up great showings in the nominations stage for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association this year. All three films were nominated for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."
As I anticipated, "The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's visually extravagant, Fellini-referencing reflection on contemporary Rome, emerged the big winner at tonight's European Film Awards in Berlin, taking four prizes for European Film of the Year, European Director of the Year, European Actor of the Year for Toni Servillo and European Editor of the Year for Cristiano Travaglioli. The film, a critics' pet since Cannes, is Italy's entry for the foreign-language Oscar; and this haul lends a handy boost to its campaign across the pond.
"The Square," Egyptian-American director Jehane Noujaim's study of the Egyptian Revolution from its 2011 origins in Tahrir Square, has looked like on to watch the documentary Oscar race ever since it won the Audience Award in its section at the Sundance Film Festival. It followed that up with the People's Choice Award for documentaries at Toronto, and nabbed further headlines when it became Netflix's first film acquisition. Sure enough, it was among the 15 titles shortlisted by the Academy earlier this week.
Adele won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her iconic ballad "Skyfall" from last year's 007 blockbuster, but will Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" end her winning streak at the 56th Grammy Awards?
Yes, it's unlikely, isn't it? Adele is royalty. She rarely loses.
The Best Original Song Oscar race was effectively over after "Frozen's" massive box office take this past weekend. The film's critical acclaim and record Thanksgiving animated haul has put Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez's "Let it Go," sung by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, in the driver's seat to win the coveted Academy Award. In fact, Menzel's version of the song is actually outselling the Demi Lovato cover version on iTunes at the moment.