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 becoming a very likely Best Picture Oscar nominee with Jake Gyllenhaal looking to nab a 2nd career Oscar nomination, this time in Lead.
Nightcrawler also saw the first win this season for Rene Russo in Supporting Actress (besting Patricia Arquette), Original Screenplay (besting Boyhood and Birdman), Best Score and Best Cinematography. It’s the biggest sweep for a single film at a single critics awards we’ve seen so far. Almost the only category it didn’t win that it was legitimately competitive in was Riz Ahmed for Supporting Actor. That win went to Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher, his first win of the season as well.
Marion Cotillard gathered yet another win for Best Actress here (for Two Days, One Night) and inches herself closer to being that 5th Oscar nominee. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman and Gone Girl each picked up one award.
The full list:
Best Film: Nightcrawler
Best Director: Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Best Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Best Supporting Actress: Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
Best Ensemble: Birdman
Body of Work: Willem Dafoe (John Wick, The Fault in Our Stars, The Grand Budapest Hotel, A Most Wanted Man & Nymphomaniac Part 2)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Best Original Screenplay: Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Best Editing: James Herbert and Laura Jennings – Edge of Tomorrow
Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit – Nightcrawler
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pincock – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Score: James Newton Howard – Nightcrawler
Best Foreign Language Film: Force Majeure
Best Animated Film: The Boxtrolls
Best Documentary: Citizenfour