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Chicago Film Critics Pick ‘Boyhood’ for Best Picture

Boyhood notches another Best Picture win, this time with the Chicago Film Critics Association. The group also awarded the film their Best Director and Best Supporting Actress prizes for Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette, respectively. Birdman walked away with a pair of wins, for actor Michael Keaton and in a tie for cinematography with The Grand Budapest Hotel. That film …

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‘Nightcrawler’ Dominates San Diego Critics with 7 Wins

In what can only be described as a massive sweep, Open Road Films‘s Nightcrawler laid waste to everyone and everything today as the San Diego Film Critics Society gave it a whopping seven wins, including Best Film, Best Director (Dan Gilroy) and Best Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal). The film has done magnificently with critics groups and now with industry awards and is …

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2014 BFCA’s Critics’ Choice Nominations: Unbroken Reborn

The Broadcast Film Critics Association, comprised of 240 entertainment journalists from television, radio and the web, dropped their 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations this morning and with it a resurgence in the seemingly dead Oscar chances of Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Where the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes snubbed the film (and Jolie) entirely, the BFCA embraced it …

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Critics roundup, part 2: SF, KC, DC, and Chicago

  We’re on our second critics roundup, and some of these groups are moving so fats that we already have winners (thanks for blitzing us, San Fran). Most of the usual suspects are there, with Boyhood and Birdman getting citations all over the place, and Julianne Moore finally showing up with critics groups for her performance in Still Alice, which …

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2015 Oscars: 114 Original Scores Eligible for 87th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced that 114 original scores are eligible in the Original Score category for the 87th Academy Awards, the same number that qualified last year. A few high-profile films with scores deemed ineligible are Birdman, Foxcatcher, Whiplash and Wild. Composer Alexandre Desplat leads with five eligible films, Christophe Beck has four. The …

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2015 Oscars: 79 Original Songs Eligible for 87th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced that 79 songs are eligible for the Original Song Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards, up just a bit from 75 last year. That is, barring another “Alone, Yet Not Alone” controversy. But with Christian Mingle: The Movie with no submitted songs, that’s probably not happening. There is a song …

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2015 Oscars: 323 Films Eligible for 87th Academy Awards

323 feature films have qualified for the 87th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed on Friday. The rules are pretty clear for Oscar eligibility. To be eligible, films must have played in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, Dec. 31, and have a run of at least seven consecutive days. Also, the running time must …

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‘Birdman’ Leads Chicago Film Critics Association Nominations

As it did this week at the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes, Fox Searchlight’s Birdman lands the most nominations at today’s announcement of the Chicago Film Critics Association with nine. The Grand Budapest Hotel, also from Fox Searchlight (who scored a massive 21 nominations), also continues to rake in kudos landing right behind with eight. Jake Gyllenhaal also follows up his SAG and …

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Critics Roundup, part 1: San Diego, St. Louis, Detroit

The Grand Budapest Hotel

After the announcements in the past week by critics heavyweights NYFCC and LAFCA, the avalanche of smaller critics societies is slowly building. Although we of course respect them all (no, really, we do), most of these are not deemed influential enough to warrant their own posts, so we will sweep the together in small batches. Sometimes these people are in …

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