Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Film Awards Clearinghouse Vol. 6A: Picture, Director, Actress and Actor/Cotillard Talks/Foxcatcher and Makeup/Rudderless Top Ten/Critics Choice Awards


FILM AWARDS CLEARINGHOUSE VOL. 6A



Here's the latest FAC focused on Best Picture, Director, Actress and Actor.

The FAC uses the published predictions of the following to develop its list of likely Oscar nominees:

Kristopher Tapley/InContention/HitFix
Sasha Stone/Awards Daily
Bred Brevet/Rope of Silicon
Nathaniel Rogers/Film Experience
Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood
Peter Knegt/IndieWire
Clayton Davis/Awards Circuit
Scott Feinberg/The Hollywood Reporter


Telluride #41 films are Bold (with their last rating in parentheses).


BEST PICTURE

1) Boyhood (1)
2) Birdman (3)
3) The Imitation Game (4)
4) Selma (2)
5) The Theory of Everything (5)
6) The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)
7) Whiplash (7)
8) Foxcatcher (9)
9) Unbroken (6)
10) Gone Girl (8)
11) Into the Woods (12)
12) Nightcrawler (NR)
13) Interstellar (10)
14) Mr. Turner (13)
15) A Most Violent Year (14)

Hot: Grand Budapest, Nightcrawler

Not: Selma, Unbroken, Gone Girl, American Sniper

Comment: "Grand Budapest" returns to a serious part of the conversation in light of good news from critics and Globes nominations.  "Selma's" drop is probably not all that crucial.


BEST DIRECTION

1) Richard Linklater/Boyhood (1)
2) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu/Birdman (2)
3) Ava DuVernay/Selma (3)
4) Morten Tyldum/The Imitation Game (4)
5) Wes Anderson/The Grand Budapest Hotel (13)
6) David Fincher/Gone Girl (6)
7) Damien Chazelle/Whiplash (7)
8) Bennett Miller/Foxcatcher (10)
9) Angelina Jolie/Unbroken (5)
10) James Marsh/The Theory of Everything (8)

 Hot: Anderson, Miller

Not: Jolie, Marsh and Nolan

Comment:  the Director's race continues to tell me that "Imitation Game" is the more likely Best Picture spoiler compared to "The Theory of Everything".  Wes Anderson also benefits from "The Grand Budapest" explosion over the lat ten days.

BEST ACTRESS

1) Julianne Moore/Still Alice (1)
2) Reese Witherspoon/Wild (2)
3) Felicity Jones/The Theory of Everything (3)
4) Rosamund Pike/Gone Girl (4)
5) Jennifer Aniston/Cake (9)
6) Amy Adams/Big Eyes (6)
7) Hilary Swank/The Homesman (5)
8) Marion Cotillard/Two Days, One Night (11)
9) Emily Blunt/Into the Woods (7)
10) Shailene Woodley/The Fault in Our Stars (8)


Hot: Aniston and Cotillard.

Not: Swank, Blunt, Woodley and Mbatha-Raw

Comment:  Aniston is a hot enough candidate that I expect she might be parked at #2 when we re-visit the category in two weeks.  Ultimately, the five nominees might be known at this point.


BEST ACTOR

1) Michael Keaton/Birdman (1)
2) Eddie Redmayne/The Theory of Everything (2)
3) Benedict Cumberbatch/The Imitation Game (3)
4) David Oyelowo/Selma (4)
5) Steve Carell/Foxcatcher (5)
6) Jake Gyllenhaal/Nightcrawler (10)
7) Timothy Spall/Mr. Turner (7)
8) Ralph Fiennes/The Grand Budapest Hotel (11)
9) Oscar Isaac/A Most Violent Year (8)
10) Chadwick Boseman/Get On Up (14)

Hot: Gyllenhaal, Fiennes and Boseman

Not: Cooper.O'Connell

Comment: Gyllenhaal is definitely a part of the convo along with Oyelowo and Carell for the fourth and fifth spots.


COTILLARD TALKS



Thompson on Hollywood talks to the Telluride Tribute recipient,  Oscar winner and potential nominee about "Two Days, One Night" and other matters.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/from-the-immigrant-to-two-days-one-night-marion-cotillards-amazing-year-20141201


FOXCATCHER AND MAKEUP

Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" makes the final lineup of seven films that can still be Oscar nominated for outstanding hair and makeup:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/seven-features-make-the-oscar-hair-and-makeup-shortlist-20141215


RUDDERLESS TOP TEN



William H. Macy's (and Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison's) "Rudderless" makes Fred Topel/Crave Online's Top 15 film list from 2014.

Ahead of: "Unbroken", "Boyhood", "Begin Again" and "Gone Girl".

Check the list here:

http://www.craveonline.com/film/articles/800787-14-best-films-2014-final-opinion#/slide/1


CRITIC'S CHOICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS LED BY "BIRDMAN"



Continuing a trend that I have said will carry on into Oscar nomination morning, Alejandro Inarritu's "Birdman" led all films with 13 Critic's Choice Award nominations including Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Direction and Screenplay.

Also among the nominees from Telluride:

"The Imitation Game": Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay

"Two Days, One Night": Best Actress

"Wild" Best Actress, Adapted Screenplay

"Foxcatcher" Best Supporting Actor

The complete list is here:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/birdman-leads-pack-13-critics-757554


More in Monday...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Viewing the Awards Landscape/Music News for Oscar/Inarritu: Moving On/Nuts and Bolts: Editing Imitation/Awards Season Overload?/Hateful 8 Has Begun

Good Monday to Everyone...


VIEWING THE AWARDS LANDSCAPE



Everyone, take a breath.  The first real wave of awards season news has come ( Golden Globe. Independent Spirit and SAG nominations and critics lists and awards from NBR, AFI and LA and NY) with that, here are some thoughts:

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is your betting favorite for Best Picture (and likely Best Director and Supporting Actress.  Maybe even Original Screenplay).  It made all seven of the above organizations lists/awards .  It also appears that "Birdman" and "The Imitation Game" are the only films with any kind of shot to challenge.

Acting favorites are all pretty solid but not as much of a lock as it might seem.  Even Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and JK Simmons (Whiplash) who have seemed unbeatable may have a bit more of a challenge than has been previously thought.  For Simmons, that would appear to come from Edward Norton (Birdman)  and for Arquette the challenge looks to be coming from Jessica Chastain for "A Most Violent Year".

Lead acting  favorites are Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Julianne Moore (Still Alice).  Keaton has never been perceived as a prohibitive favorite and his biggest challenge is likely fro Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).  Moore has been a prohibitive favorite, but the rise of Jennifer Aniston's profile for "Cake" over that past couple of weeks, should give Moore pause.


MUSIC NEWS FOR OSCAR



A couple of big announcements for the Music categories for The Academy Awards this past week. The Academy  announced 114 eligible scores and original songs and, as there always seem to be, there were some surprises.

First surprise to be mentioned is the ineligibility of Antonio Sanchez's percussion heavy, and very distinctive, score for Alejandro Inarritu's "Birdman".  TFF scores that are eligible include: "The Homesman", "The Imitation Game", "Merchants of Doubt", "Mr. Turner", "Red Army", "Rosewater", "The Salt of the Earth" and "Wild Tales". Also from TFF #40: "Tracks" and "Under the Skin".  The complete list is here from The Gold Derby:

http://www.goldderby.com/news/7931/oscars-birdman-whiplash-entertainment-13579086-story.html

Meanwhile, The Academy also released the list of 79 eligible original songs for Oscar consideration. Among them is: "You Fooled Me" from "The Merchants of Doubt".  Additionally, blog obsession "Rudderless" had three songs make the the list: "Over Your Shoulder", "Sing Along" and "Stay with You".  The complete list is here from Deadline.com:

http://deadline.com/2014/12/oscars-original-songs-movies-1201322686/


Listen to some of the "Rudderless" songs here:

https://soundcloud.com/lakeshore-records/rudderless-soundtrack-preview/s-9L7Pa

INARRITU MOVING ON



Despite the fact that awards season madness is in full swing and that his "Birdman" is in the midst of a hot campaign for a number of trophies and baubles (it will almost certainly garner more Oscar nominations than any other film this year), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is already deep into his next project.  That's the revenge western "The Revenant" starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  Inarritu is in Canada filming away.  Kristopher Tapley reports for HitFix/InContention that Inarritu is set to film until April.  The film has an announced limited release date for Dec. 25, 2015.  I have to believe that it would play Venice/Telluride if Inarritu has it ready but that would be a really tight window.  Check out Tapley's story here:


http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/birdmans-inarritu-says-its-important-to-stay-busy-during-ego-stroking-awards-season


NUTS AND BOLTS: EDITING "THE IMITATION GAME"



As we get deeper into awards season, you can see the P.R./Oscar machine begin to go into every possible cranny to get traction.  Stories about the technical aspects of various contenders pop up with more and more frequency.  Case in point is this Variety story focused on the film editing for Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game":

http://variety.com/video/editing-the-imitation-game/


AWARDS SEASON OVERLOAD



Does it get overwhelming?  This past ten days or so have seen the announcements of film excellence winners and nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards, Golden Globes, NBR, AFI, New York and Los Angeles Film Critics and the Screen Actors Guild plus more.

Well, fear not.  The Film Society of Lincoln Center has developed an awards matrix.  It's really useful.  Look at it here:

http://www.filmlinc.com/daily/entry/the-awards-matrix-2014


"HATEFUL 8" HAS BEGUN

As had been announced earlier, Quentin Tarantino has begun actual filming of his next (and last project?) "The Hateful Eight" just outside of Telluride.  Star Samuel L. Jackson tweeted  this picture on Wednesday:


That'll do it for today...check back for more on Thursday...



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Golden Globes!/Film Awards Clearinghouse 5B/Talking to Marion

GOLDEN GLOBES!



The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for the best of film and television for 2014 this morning.  Here they are with TFF #41 (and a TFF #40) film in Bold.:


Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Big Eyes” (Big Eyes)
“Glory” (Selma)
“Mercy Is” (Noah)
“Opportunity” (Annie)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I)
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, “Gone Girl”
Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida”
“Tangerines”
“Leviathan”
“Force Majeure”
“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”

Best Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The Boxtrolls”
“The LEGO Movie”
“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
James Corden, “Into the Woods”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Meryl Streep, “Into The Woods”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
Emily Blunt, “Into The Woods”
Julianne Moore, “Maps To The Stars”
Quvenzhane Wallis, “Annie”
Helen Mirren, “The Hundred Foot Journey”
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
“Birdman”
“Into the Woods”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“St. Vincent”
“Pride”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
Best Director – Motion Picture
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Ava DuVernay, “Selma”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Best Motion Picture, Drama
“Foxcatcher”
“Boyhood”
“The Imitation Game
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”

 Telluride films with 18 Golden Globe nominations.

"Birdman" led all films with seven nominations (Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay and Score).   "The Imitation Game" had five (Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay and Score).  "Foxcatcher" was nominated three times (Picture, Actor, Supprting Actor).  Sinble nominations were captured by "Wild" "Ida" and "Leviathan".


FILM AWARDS CLEARINGHOUSE VOL. 5B

Here's the latest FAC focused on the Supporting Acting and Screenplay categories.

The FAC uses the published predictions of the following to develop its list of likely Oscar nominees:


Kristopher Tapley/InContention/HitFix
Sasha Stone/Awards Daily
Bred Brevet/Rope of Silicon
Nathaniel Rogers/Film Experience
Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood
Peter Knegt/IndieWire
Clayton Davis/Awards Circuit
Scott Feinberg/The Hollywood Reporter


Telluride #41 films are Bold (with their last rating in parentheses).



BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS



1) Patricia Arquette/Boyhood (1)
2) Meryl Streep/Into the Woods (4)
3) Emma Stone/Birdman (3)
4) Kiera Knightley/The Imitation Game (2)
5) Jessica Chastain/A Most Violent Year (6)
6) Laura Dern/Wild (5)
7) Carmen Ejogo/Selma (8)
8) Tilda Swnton/Snowpiercer (NR)
9) Anna Kendrick/Into the Woods (11)
10) Jessica Chastain/Interstellar (7)

Hot: Streep, Swinton and Kendrick

Not: Knightley, Chastain for "Interstellar" and Kristen Stewart in "Still Alice" who falls off the top ten.

Comment:  Chastain's charge may nuke Laura Dern's chances.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR



1) JK Simmons/Whiplash (1)
2) Edward Norton/Birdman (2)
3) Ethan Hawke/Boyhood (3)
4) Mark Ruffalo/Foxcatcher (4)
5) Robert Duvall/The Judge (8)
6) Tom Wilkinson/Selma (5)
7) Christoph Waltz/Big Eyes (9)
8) Josh Brolin/Inherent Vice (7)
9) Miyavi/Unbroken (6)
10) Chris Pine/Into the Woods (NR)

Hot: Duvall, Waltz and Pine

Not: Miyavi and John Goodman who dropped out of the top ten.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY



1) The Theory of Everything (1)
2) Gone Girl (3)
3) The Imitation Game (2)
4) Wild (5)
5) Unbroken (4)
6) Inherent Vice (7)
7) Still Alice (8)
8) American Sniper (6)
9) Into the Woods (9)
10) Rosewater (10)

Hot:   Meh...

Not: "American Sniper"

Comment: he category is very stable and  matter of 2 points within my metric separate "Theory". "Gone Girl" and "Imitation".

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY



1) Boyhood (1)
2) Birdman (2)
3) Whiplash (3)
4) Selma (7)
5) The Grand Budapest Hotel (4)
6) Foxcatcher (5)
7) A Most Violent Year (8)
8) Mr. Turner (6)
9) The LEGO Movie (NR)
10) Wild Tales (10)

Hot: "Selma", "LEGO"

Not: "Mr. Turner" and "Interstellar" which dropped form the top ten.

TALKING TO MARION



The Film Society of Lincoln Center continues its series of podcasts talking to various film makers and stars that are in the thick of the awards season rough and tumble.  I have linked one of their latest casts with Oscar winner and Telluride tribute recipient Marion Cotillard who is getting some award buzz for "The Immigrant" as well as the Dardennes Brothers' "Two Days, One Night" which played this year's TFF.  Cacth that podcast here:

http://www.filmlinc.com/daily/entry/marion-cotillard-two-days-one-night-the-close-up-podcast


More on Monday...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FLASH: Screen Actors Guild Nominations Announced

FLASH: SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED



Telluride nominees in Bold!

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell/Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch/Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal/Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton/Birdman
Eddie Redmayne/Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS

Jennifer Aniston/Cake
Felicity Jones/Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore/Still Alice
Rosamund Pike/Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon/Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall/The Judge
Ethan Hawke/Boyhood
Edward Norton/Birdman
Mark Ruffalo/Foxcatcher
JK Simmons/Whiplash


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette/Boyhood
Kiera Knightley/Imitation Game
Emma Stone/Birdman
Meryl Streep/Into the Woods
Naomi Watts/St. Vincent

BEST CAST

Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

"Birdman" leads with four nominations.  "Boyhood"  and "The Theory of Everything" have three.  "Foxcatcher" nabbed two.

Telluride 2014 is represented with 10 of the 25 nominations.

Monday, December 8, 2014

FLASH: AFI Names 11 Films to Its Top Ten List

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Nightcrawler
Selma
Unbroken
Whiplash

LA Critics Like the "Boy"/Catching Up with TFF #41 Releases: Wild, Imitation Game, Foxcatcher, Two Days

LA CRITICS LIKE THE BOY



The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted yesterday and really endorsed Richard Linklater's "Boyhood".  The Sundance breakout picked up four mentions fro the LAFCA including Best Picture, Director and Actress. The complete list is here from the LAFCA website:

http://www.lafca.net/years/2014.html

Among Telluride connected films, "Ida" was named Best Foreign Language Film along with Agata Kulesza as Best Supporting Actress from that TFF #40 film.  Emmanule Lubezki won Best Cinematography for "Birdman" (TFF #41), "Under the Skin (#41) tied for Best Score.

Telluride films that were near-misses/runners-up included both Michael Keaton and Edward Norton for Actor and Supporting Actor respectively for "Birdman".  "Birdman" was also runner-up for Best Screenplay.  "Mr. Turner" was the runner-up for Best Cinematography.

Here's the coverage of the LA Citics awards from Variety:

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/l-a-film-critics-voting-in-progress-2-1201373174/

The American Film Institute announces its superlatives today to complete the week long run of major critics accolades.

CATCHING UP WITH TFF #41 RELEASES:



WILD

HitFix talks to actress Reese Witherspoon and the inspiration for her "Wild"

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/reese-witherspoon-and-cheryl-strayed-revisit-wild-in-the-wild

THE IMITATION GAME



Three articles for "The Imitation Game" including a Tech Times examination of the life of Alan Turing.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/inside-the-making-of-the-imitation-game-and-cracking-the-alan-turing-code-20141203

http://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/imitation-game-cast/?smid=tw-thecarpetbagger&seid=auto&_r=0

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/21267/20141202/the-vast-legacy-of-alan-turing.htm

FOXCATCHER



Deadline talks to director Bennett Miller and actors Channing Tatum and Steve Carell:

http://deadline.com/2014/12/foxcatcher-making-of-channing-tatum-bennett-miller-steve-carell-1201304777/

TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT



The Dardennes Brothers discuss their film and the amazing Marion Cotillard:

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/the-dardenne-brothers-on-marion-cotillard-disappearing-into-two-days-one-night-1201368826/


BIRDMAN



Costuming for Alejandro Inarritu's masterpiece "Birdman":

http://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/clothes-and-character-birdman-michael-keaton-emma-stone/?smid=tw-nytmovies



I'll have the AFI announcement up later today and more on Thursday!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Film Awards Clearinghouse Vol. 5A: Picture, Director, Actress, Actor/WGA Excludes/Oscar Doc List at 15/NYFCC and NBR Announce


FILM AWARDS CLEARINGHOUSE VOL. 5A

Here's the latest FAC focused on Best Picture, Director, Actress and Actor.

The FAC uses the published predictions of the following to develop its list of likely Oscar nominees:

Kristopher Tapley/InContention/HitFix
Sasha Stone/Awards Daily
Bred Brevet/Rope of Silicon
Nathaniel Rogers/Film Experience
Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood
Peter Knegt/IndieWire
Clayton Davis/Awards Circuit
Scott Feinberg/The Hollywood Reporter


Telluride #41 films are Bold (with their last rating in parentheses).


BEST PICTURE



1) Boyhood (1)
2) Selma (9)
3) Birdman (2)
4) The Imitation Game (3)
5) The Theory of Everything (4)
6) Unbroken (5)
7) Whiplash (6)
8) Gone Girl (8)
9) Foxcatcher (10)
10) Interstellar (7)
11) American Sniper (12)
12) Into the Woods (13)
13) Mr. Turner (11)
14) A Most Violent Year (14)
15) The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

Hot: Selma's march to serious contender status is complete as it zooms past a number of serious Best Pic contenders to challenge "Boyhood".

Not: "Interstellar" takes the biggest slide which seems about right to me.  "Mr. Turner" also slides  a good bit.

It'll be interesting to see if this week's awards announcements from the New York critics, the Gotham Awards and The National Board of Review (in addition to the L.A. critics  and The American Film Institutes's list coming this weekend) have an effect when we next post these categories in a couple of weeks.  Additionally, all of the players have now been seen in some form by some people.

I'd expect that "Boyhood", "Birdman" and "A Most Violent Year" have had the best of it from NBR, NYFCC and The Gothams.  NBR's omission of "Theory" and "Selma" is curious.

BEST DIRECTION


Director Morten Tyldum/The Imitation Game


1) Richard Linklater/Boyhood (1)
2) Alejandro Inarritu/Birdman (2)
3) Ava DuVernay/Selma (7)
4) Morten Tyldum/The Imitation Game (3)
5) Angelina Jolie/Unbroken (5)
6) David Fincher (6)
7) Damien Chazelle/Whiplash (8)
8) James Marsh/The Theory of Everything (12)
9) Christopher Nolan/Interstellar (4)
10) Bennett Miller /Foxcatcher (9)

Hot: DuVernay

Not: Nolan

The director's race gives, I think, a real window as to the Best Picture race.  "Selma's" Ava DuVernay has also rocketed from the edge of consideration into the thick of the race.  Meanwhile, Chris Nolan's plunge here is even more precipitous than "Interstellar's" drop in the Best Picture category.


BEST ACTRESS


Hilary Swank/The Homesman


1) Julianne Moore/Still Alice (1)
2) Reese Witherspoon/Wild (2)
3) Felicity Jones/The Theory of Everything (3)
4) Rosamund Pike/Gone Girl (4)
5) Hilary Swank/The Homesman (6)
6) Amy Adams/Big Eyes (5)
7) Emily Blunt/Into the Woods (7)
8) Shailene Woodley/The Fault in Our Stars (8)
9) Jennifer Aniston/Cake (17)
10) Gugu Mbatha-Raw/Belle (12)


Hot:Aniston and Mbatha-Raw.  Aniston rises like a rocket over the last three weeks.  If she continues at this rate, she could sneak into the fifth spot.

Not: Cotillard.  It'll be interesting to see if Cotillard's NYFCC win has an impact on this chart in a couple of weeks.   Chastain also falls out with the realization that her role in "A Most Violent Year" is supporting.


BEST ACTOR


Steve Carell/Foxcatcher


1) Michael Keaton/Birdman (1)
2) Eddie Redmayne/The Theory of Everything (2)
3) Benedcit Cumberbatch/The Imitation Game (3)
4) David Oyelowo/Selma (5)
5) Steve Carell/Foxcatcher (4)
6) Bradley Cooper/American Sniper (8)
7) Timothy Spall/Mr. Turner (6)
8) Oscar Isaac/A Most Violent Year (7)
9) Jake O'Connell/Unbroken (9)
10) Jake Gyllenhaal/Nightcrawler (10)

Hot: Cooper.

Not: Nobody.

It says a lot about the toughness of this category that Oyelowo barely benefits from the rocket ship that "Selma" has become the last couple of weeks.  I'm also interested to see if Spall's NTFCC win translates into increased support.


Next week, the supporting and screenplay updates.


WGA GUIDELINES EXCLUDE SOME SCRIPTS



As is the case every year, some screenplays that will be Oscar eligible are not eligible for the Writers' Guild honors.  InContention posted this story outlining some of the Oscar favorites that won't be a part of the WGA awards: (including Telluride films: "Mr. Turner" and "Wild Tales"

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/exclusive-selma-theory-mr-turner-among-2014-scripts-not-eligible-for-wga-awards


OSCAR DOC LIST IS DOWN TO 15



The Academy pared the number of possible Best Documentary nominees to a list of 15 films this week.  I have linked Variety's story that provides the list of 15.  On the list are three TFF #41 films: "Keep on Keepin' On", "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" and "The Salt of the Earth".  Also included is "Jodorowsky's Dune" which was on the program at TFF #40.

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/15-documentaries-land-on-oscars-short-list-1201368807/


AWARDS REVIEW FROM THIS WEEK:  NYFCC AND NBR



Here's a re-post of results from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review from earlier this week":



New York Film Critics Circle 2014 Awards


Best Animated Feature: “The Lego Movie”

Best Foreign Film: “Ida” (TFF #40)

Best Non-Fiction Film: “Citizenfour”

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons/”Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette/”Boyhood”

Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Cinematography: “The Immigrant”

Best Actor: Timothy Spall/”Mr. Turner” (TFF #41)

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard/”The Immigrant” and “Two Days, One Night” (TFF #41)

Best First Film: “The Babadook”

Best Director: Richard Linklater/”Boyhood”

Best Picture: “Boyhood”


NBR'S BEST FILMS OF 2014



Telluride Films are Bold

Best Picture: A Most Violent Year

Top Ten Films:
Boyhood
Birdman
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
American Sniper
Unbroken
Fury
The Lego Movie
Inherent Vice
Nightcrawler

Director: Clint Eastwood/American Sniper

Actor: Oscar Isaac/Most Violent Year and Michael Keaton/Birdman (Tie)

Actress: Julianne Moore/Still Alice

Supporting Actor: Edward Norton/Birdman

Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain/Most Violent Year

Original Screenplay: The Lego Movie

Adapted Screenplay: Inherent Vice

Ensemble: Fury

Breakthrough: Jack O'Connell (Starred Up/Unbroken)

Top Ten Indie Films:

Blue Ruin, Locke, A Most Wanted Man, Obvious Child, The Skeleton Twins, Snowpiercer, Stand Clear of Closing Doors, Starred Up, Still Alice

Foreign Film: Wild Tales

Top Five Foreign Films: Force Majuere, Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem, Leviathan, Two Days One  Night" We Are the Best

Documentary: Life Itself

Top Five Documentaries: Art and Craft, Jodorowsky's Dune, Keep On Keepin' On, The Kill Team, Last Days of Vietnam

Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2

NBR Freedom of Expression Awards: Rosewater, Selma


LA AND AFI



I'll post the announcements from both the L.A. critics and The American Film Institute as they happen over the weekend...as always...More then, on Monday...