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Roeper Rundown: The Interview

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Roeper Rundown: Best Movies of 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The Winners: 2014 Chicago Film Critics Awards

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Winners

BEST PICTURE: Boyhood
BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater–Boyhood
BEST ACTOR: Michael Keaton–Birdman
BEST ACTRESS: Julianne Moore–Still Alice
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons–Whiplash
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette–Boyhood
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Wes Anderson–The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Gillian Flynn–Gone Girl
BEST ART DIRECTION: The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (TIE): Birdman–Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel–Robert Yeoman
BEST EDITING: Whiplash–Tom Cross
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Under the Skin–Mica Levi
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: The Lego Movie
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Life Itself
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: Force Majeure
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER: Jack O’Connell–Starred Up/Unbroken
MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER: Damien Chazelle–Whiplash
Winners By The Numbers
3–Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash
2–Birdman
1–Force Majeure, Gone Girl, The Lego Movie, Life Itself, Starred Up, Still Alice, Unbroken, Under the Skin

“Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s intimate epic charting the growth and maturation of a boy from the age of 7 to 18 that was filmed over a period of 12 years was the winner of the Chicago Film Critics Association award for the Best Picture of 2014 in a ceremony held tonight. In addition to the top prize, the film won two other key awards with Linklater being named Best Director and Patricia Arquette voted Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the boy’s mother, who undergoes her own set of changes over that time.


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Two other films tied “Boyhood” for the number of awards received. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson’s whimsical comedy-drama about a concierge in a posh European hotel who becomes involved in intrigue while the world teeters on the brink of war earned Anderson the Original Screenplay prize and also won for Art Direction and tied for Best Cinematography.

“Whiplash,” the acclaimed indie drama charting the battle of wills between a highly ambitious musical prodigy and his teacher, both obsessed with perfection at all costs, saw its writer-director, Damien Chazelle, named Most Promising Filmmaker, co-star J.K. Simmons named Best Supporting Actor for his terrifying turn as the teacher and Tom Cross cited for Editing.

The other title with multiple wins, the hallucinatory black comedy “Birdman,” earned Michael Keaton the Best Actor award and also shared in the tie for the Cinematography prize.


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Among the other winners from the group, now in its 25th year, Julianne Moore was named Best Actress for her heartbreaking performance as a woman stricken with early-onset Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice,” author Gillian Flynn won the Adapted Screenplay award for the adaptation of her best-seller “Gone Girl,” rising star Jack O’Connell was named Most Promising Performer for his performances in the dramas “Starred Up” and “Unbroken” and Mica Levi won Best Original Score for the trippy soundscapes of “Under the Skin.” The Foreign-Language Film award went to the dark comedy “Force Majeure” and “The Lego Movie” took the prize for Animated Feature. Finally, “Life Itself,” Steve James’s celebration of the life and work of the late Roger Ebert, was named Best Documentary.
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Follow @ChicagoCritics on Twitter for organization and member news, as well as updates on the 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival. The third annual Chicago Critics Film Festival will run May 1-7, 2015, at the Music Box Theatre. Screening information and special guest appearances will be announced as they are confirmed on both Twitter and ChicagoCriticsFilmFestival.com
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GOOFY AS THEY ARE, GOLDEN GLOBES MOSTLY GET IT RIGHT

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

We now live in an entertainment world in which the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” are nominated for Golden Globes for best comedy series, and not a single show from CBS, NBC or ABC made the list.

The gang at “Cheers” would have been baffled.

Watching the live stream of the Golden Globes nominations on Thursday morning, with Paula Patton, Jeremy Piven, Kate Beckinsale and Peter Krause taking turns reading the categories, a few random thoughts occurred:

• There are some 90 members in the Hollywood Foreign Press, with Germany having the largest contingent (12). You can win a Golden Globe with as few as 19 votes, meaning you could thank literally everyone who voted for you.

• I want Kate Beckinsale to be the voice of my Siri.

• If only Jeremy Piven had stepped to the microphone and said, “And now, a list of women I’ve allegedly hit on through the years.”

Excuse me for not taking the Globes TOO seriously. Yes, they’re now the second-most important movie/TV awards behind the Oscars and Emmys, respectively, and yes, the telecast is always entertaining (especially with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning to host one last time).

But they’re still kind of goofy. As we remind you every year, some of the members of the HFPA aren’t even full-time journalists. (And you can Google around and find myriad stories about the Globes’ sketchy history.)

As for the nominations: Let’s be honest, you haven’t seen most of the movies most prominently mentioned, and you probably haven’t even heard of the some of the nominated TV shows. (I was barely aware of “Olive Kitteridge.” Apparently I should catch up on my “Olive Kitteridge.”)

“Birdman” led all movies with seven nominations, and deservedly so. This dark comedy by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, filmed in a way to make it seem like one continuous shot, is an exhilarating piece of work, with Michael Keaton in one of his best performances as a former action-movie hero trying to stage a comeback on the New York stage…

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Roeper Rundown: Sons of Anarchy Finale

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Teaser Trailer: Mad Max: Fury Road

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – “I’m Not Asking You To Allow It”

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Teaser Trailer: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Roeper Rundown: 2014 Holiday Movie Preview

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

2015 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

 

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the producer; executive producers are not awarded.)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole
Boyhood
Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland
Love is Strange
Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy
Selma
Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey
Whiplash
Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle
Whiplash
Ava DuVernay
Selma
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater
Boyhood
David Zellner
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

BEST SCREENPLAY
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
Big Eyes
J.C. Chandor
A Most Violent Year
Dan Gilroy
Nightcrawler
Jim Jarmusch
Only Lovers Left Alive
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
Love is Strange

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer.)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah
Dear White People
Director/Producer: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe
Nightcrawler
Director: Dan Gilroy
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak
Obvious Child
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Producer: Elisabeth Holm
She’s Lost Control
Director/Producer: Anja Marquardt
Producers: Mollye Asher, Kiara C. Jones

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Desiree Akhavan
Appropriate Behavior
Sara Colangelo
Little Accidents
Justin Lader
The One I Love
Anja Marquardt
She’s Lost Control
Justin Simien
Dear White People

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer; executive producers are not awarded.
Blue Ruin
Writer/Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Producers:Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani
It Felt Like Love
Writer/Director/Producer: Eliza Hittman
Producers: Shrihari Sathe, Laura Wagner
Land Ho!
Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens
Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy
Man From Reno
Writer/Director: Dave Boyle
Writers: Joel Clark, Michael Lerman
Producer: Ko Mori
Test
Writer/Director/Producer: Chris Mason Johnson
Producer: Chris Martin

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Marion Cotillard
The Immigrant
Rinko Kikuchi
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Julianne Moore
Still Alice
Jenny Slate
Obvious Child
Tilda Swinton
Only Lovers Left Alive

BEST MALE LEAD
André Benjamin
Jimi: All Is By My Side
Jake Gyllenhaal
Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
John Lithgow
Love is Strange
David Oyelowo
Selma

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Patricia Arquette
Boyhood
Jessica Chastain
A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo
Selma
Andrea Suarez Paz
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Emma Stone
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Riz Ahmed
Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke
Boyhood
Alfred Molina
Love is Strange
Edward Norton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
J.K. Simmons
Whiplash

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Darius Khondji
The Immigrant
Emmanuel Lubezki
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Sean Porter
It Felt Like Love
Lyle Vincent
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Bradford Young
Selma

BEST EDITING
Sandra Adair
Boyhood
Tom Cross
Whiplash
John Gilroy
Nightcrawler
Ron Patane
A Most Violent Year
Adam Wingard
The Guest

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer.)
20,000 Days on Earth
Directors: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Producers: Dan Bowen, James Wilson
CITIZENFOUR
Director/Producer: Laura Poitras
Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky
Stray Dog
Director: Debra Granik
Producer: Anne Rosellini
The Salt of the Earth
Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders
Producer: David Rosier
Virunga
Director/Producer: Orlando Von Einsiedel
Producer: Joanna Natasegara

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director.)
Force Majeure
(Sweden)
Director: Ruben Östlund
Ida
(Poland)
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Leviathan
(Russia)
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Mommy
(Canada)
Director: Xavier Dolan
Norte, the End of History
(Philippines)
Director: Lav Diaz
Under the Skin
(United Kingdom)
Director: Jonathan Glazer

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.)
Inherent Vice
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Casting Director: Cassandra Kulukundis
Ensemble Cast: Josh Brolin, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon

SPECIAL DISTINCTION AWARD
Foxcatcher
Director/Producer: Bennett Miller
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik
Writers: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Actors: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum

18th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 18th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Chad Burris
Elisabeth Holm
Chris Ohlson

21st ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 21st annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
H.
Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
The Retrieval
Director:Chris Eska

20th ANNUAL LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 20th annual Truer Than Fiction Award, sponsored by LensCrafters is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by LensCrafters.
Approaching the Elephant
Director: Amanda Rose Wilder
Evolution of a Criminal
Director: Darius Clark Monroe
The Kill Team
Director: Dan Krauss
strong>The Last Season
Director: Sara Dosa

 
 
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