Sunday, December 7, 2014

Oscars 2015: NYFCO, LAFCA, and BSFC Winners

Hello, Bloggers, today, not one, not two, but three critics circles just announced their winners: The New York Film Critics Online, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and The Boston Society Of Film Critics. Rather than go through each guild individually, I will go through who the big winners were, as well as the surprise picks. Let's take a look:

First off, the love for Boyhood continues. It won Best Picture at all three guilds and even Best International Film at the British Independent Film Awards. Plus, Richard Linklater won Best Director at all three respective guilds for Boyhood as well. There is even still some love for Birdman as Michael Keaton won Best Actor at the BSFC Awards while the LAFCA gave Best Actor to Tom Hardy for Locke and Eddie Redmayne won BA at the NYFCO for Theory of Everything. Patricia Arquette is still on a roll with Boyhood as she won Best Supporting Actress at NYFCO while winning Best Actress at LAFCA, interestingly. But another actress on a pretty good roll as of now is Marion Cotillard who won BA at NYFCO for Two Days, One Night and at the BSFC for both Two Days, One Night and The Immigrant. She also won at NYFCC, which could really help her cause. I still haven't seen either of her films yet, but I am pretty stoked by the acclaim Cotillard is because I would love to see her have a second Oscar bid. But J.K. Simmons managed to go 3-for-3 today for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a nightmarish music teacher in Whiplash. Seriously, I can't even think about his portrayal without quivering a bit, but that's just how amazing he is. Emmanuel Lubezki also went 3-for-3 for his brilliant cinematographic work in Birdman. 

Another win I was super happy about was seeing Emma Stone being awarded Best Supporting Actress by the BSFC for Birdman. I love this win very much because even if Stone doesn't win or get nominated, by the time awards season finishes, she won't be empty-handed. Also, despite its early release date, The Grand Budapest Hotel continues to get plenty of awards traction as it not only won Best Screenplay at LAFCA, but it was the runner-up for Best Director and Best Picture as well.

If you want to check out the full list of winners, check out these links:

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/2014-new-york-film-critics-online-winners

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/2014-los-angeles-film-critics-association-lafca-awards-winners

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/2014-boston-society-of-film-critics-awards


So, those are my quick thoughts on the winners and if you agree or disagree with any of the choices of the 3 critics circles, please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. The SAG Awards will announce their nominees on Wednesday and the Globes will announce theirs on Thursday. When those two come around, I will be sure to announce my thoughts on those. Until then, thanks for reading!