Nevada Film Critics Society Goes for 'Gone Girl'

Hey, something different! Nevada critics like Gone Girl all the way, handing it picture and actress, while giving actor and director to Nightcrawler. Nice to see some variation in taste here.

NEVADA FILM CRITICS SOCIETY

Best Film - 'Gone Girl'
Best Actor - Jake Gyllenhaal 'Nightcrawler'
Best Actress - Rosamund Pike 'Gone Girl'
Best Supporting Actor - JK Simmons 'Whiplash'
Best Supporting Actress - Tie - Jessica Chastain for 'A Most Violent Year' and Patricia Arquette for 'Boyhood'
Best Youth Performance - Ellar Coltrane 'Boyhood'
Best Director - Dan Gilroy 'Nightcrawler'
Best Screenplay - Dan Gilroy 'Nightcrawler'
Best Ensemble Cast - 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Best Documentary - 'Citizenfour'
Best Animated Movie - 'Big Hero 6'
Best Production Design - 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Best Cinematography - 'Interstellar'
Best Visual Effects - 'Interstellar'

Florida Critics Split 'Birdman' and 'Boyhood'

Florida film critics today gave Birdman picture and Boyhood director for Linklater, while going along with recent fave Rosamund Pike in Best Actress. Not too much else of note here, except that they liked The Raid 2 in Foreign Film.

FLORIDA FILM CRITICS

Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actress: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Best Actor: Michael Keaton: Birdman
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons
Best Ensemble: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Gone Girl
Best Cinematography: Hoyte Van Hoytema, Interstellar
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
Best Art Direction/Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Score: Mica Levi, Under the Skin
Best Documentary: Life Itself
Best Foreign Film: The Raid 2
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie
Breakout Award: Damian Chazelle

Las Vegas Critics like 'Birdman,' Tilda Swinton

Woo-hoo for Tilda Swinton! The coolest choice in this lineup by far. I'm actually wondering if she has the teeniest chance to maybe get in at the Oscars as well- if enough people see Snowpiercer she fits the mold of a quirky, passion vote performance which has occasionally made it in the past. She'd definitely deserve it.

LAS VEGAS CRITICS ASSOCIATION

Best Score: Birdman
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Breakout Filmmaker of the Year: Damien Chazelle
Best Song: "I Love You All" from Frank
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Costume Design: Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Foreign Film: Ida
Best Editing: Edge of Tomorrow
Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer
Best Art Direction: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Youth Performance: Jaeden Lieberher, St. Vincent
Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film: The Babadook
Best Comedy: Top Five
Best Family Film: The LEGO Movie
Best Action Film: Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Animated Film: The LEGO Movie
Best Screenplay: Birdman
Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Ensemble: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro Innaritu, Birdman
Best Picture: Birdman

TRAILER: "'71"

Another Feb 27th release date is this British independent film from first time director Yann Demange, starring Jack O'Connell, who's had a bit of a breakthrough year with lead roles in Unbroken and Starred Up as well. Funnily enough, I know him as one of the stars of the UK series Skins that I used to watch- and even back then I noticed he was a pretty good actor. Here he's a British soldier caught behind enemy lines in Northern Ireland after a riot in 1971.

TRAILER: "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter"

A movie from last year's Sundance Film Festival got a couple of nominations at this year's Independent Spirit Awards, and now it has a trailer and a release date. Babel's Rinko Kikuchi stars as a woman who goes in search of the missing money from Fargo (which she's mistaken for a documentary) and it leads to a strange and mysterious journey. It was nominated for Best Director and Female Lead at the ISA's and has gotten some great reviews so far, so be sure to look for it on February 27th.

Utah and the Phoenix Critics Circle like 'Birdman'

Today the Utah critics and another Phoenix group (apparently the city needs two) chose Birdman over Boyhood for a change of pace. Utah also liked Rosamund Pike, who now seems to be charging through several of these regional critics groups all of a sudden.

UTAH FILM CRITICS

Best Picture: "Birdman"
Runner-up: "The Imitation Game"

Best Achievement in Directing: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, BIRDMAN
Runner-up: Jonathan Glazer, "Under the Skin"

Best Lead Performance, Male: Michael Keaton, BIRDMAN
Runners-up: Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"; Ralph Fiennes, "Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Lead Performance, Female: Rosamund Pike, GONE GIRL
Runner-up: Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"

Best Supporting Performance, Male: J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH
Runner-up: Edward Norton, "Birdman"

Best Supporting Performance, Female: Jessica Chastain, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
Runner-up: Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer"

Best Original Screenplay: BIRDMAN
Runner-up: "Nightcrawler"

Best Adapted Screenplay: INHERENT VICE and SNOWPIERCER (tie)

Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit, NIGHTCRAWLER
Runner-up: Daniel Landin, "Under the Skin"

Best Documentary Feature: CITIZENFOUR
Runner-Up: "The Overnighters"

Best Non-English Language Feature: WE ARE THE BEST!
Runner-up: "Two Days, One Night"

Best Animated Feature: THE LEGO MOVIE
Runner-Up: "The Boxtrolls"

And the Phoenix Critics Circle chimed in with more Birdman love, including a win (the second) for Emma Stone, and one for Reese Witherspoon too.

PHOENIX CRITICS CIRCLE

Picture: Birdman
Comedy Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Horror/Sci-Fi: Snowpiercer
Mystery/Thriller (tie): Gone Girl & Nightcrawler
Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Wild
S. Actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
S. Actress: Emma Stone, Birdman
Director: Alejandro Inarritu, Birdman
Screenplay: Birdman
Animated: The Lego Movie
International Film (tie): Force Majeure & Ida

Austin and Dublin Critics like 'Boyhood'; Women Film Critics Circle Honors 'Still Alice'

The Austin film critics unsurprisingly went for Boyhood, as it was set in their hometown after all. The rest of their winners confirmed the frontrunners down the line.

AUSTIN FILM CRITICS

Best Film: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Best Actress: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Best Adapted Screenplay: Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Best Cinematography: Birdman
Best Score: Birdman
Best Foreign-Language Film: Force Majeure
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Animated Film: The LEGO Movie
Best First Film: Nightcrawler
Breakthrough Artist: Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
Best Austin Film: Boyhood

The Dublin Critics Circle also liked Boyhood, but concurred with Austin on Jake Gyllenhaal for Best Actor. He seems to be coming on really strong in that race now, which tells me Nightcrawler really does have a lot of passion behind it. I also think this is why Michael Keaton's not necessarily a lock for the Oscar there.

DUBLIN CRITICS CIRCLE

Best Film: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Best Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Best Irish Film: Frank
Best Documentary: Finding Vivian Maier
Best Breakthrough: Jack O’Connell (Starred Up, Unbroken, ‘71)

Finally, the Women Film Critics Circle handed out their annual awards celebrating women in film. They liked Still Alice best apparently (meh), but I think their biggest mistake was in not singling out The Babadook for anything- certainly one of the best movies this year made by and about a woman.

WOMEN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE

Best Movie About Women: Still Alice
Best Movie By a Woman: Selma
Best Woman Storyteller: Rebecca Lenkewicz, Ida
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Young Actress: Mira Grosin, We are the Best
Best Comedic Actress: Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Best Foreign Film By or About Women: Two Days, One Night
Best Female Images in a Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
Worst Female Images in a Movie: Horrible Bosses 2
Best Male Images in a Movie: Love is Strange
Worst Male Images in a Movie: Dumb and Dumber To
Best Documentary By or About Women: Citizenfour
Best Screen Couple: The Skeleton Twins
Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie By or About Women: Girlhood
Best Equality of the Sexes (tie): Life Itself, The Skeleton Twins
Best Animated Female: Winnie, The Boxtrolls
Best Family Film: Big Hero 6
Women's Work/Best Ensemble: The Homesman