Sunday, February 22, 2015

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees - The Critics Have Their Say on Hollywood Suite

 

                                                         
                                               
Hollywood Suite aired the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Canada last night, the night before the Oscars.  Critics offered me their views on the nominees, no holds barred.  Which is perfectly timely as results will be almost identical tonight at the Academy Awards!
 
John Lithgow is "the best actor of his generation" ‪#‎SpiritAwards‬ Best Pic nom ‪#‎LoveIsStrange‬ https://vimeo.com/120173864

Anne Brodie and Radheyan Simonpillai on INHERENT VICE   "They did it for the love of the movie": https://vimeo.com/120173863 ‪#‎SpiritAwards‬ Wins the Robert Altman Award.
Was BOYHOOD a gimmick, or was there something more? Film critic Anne Brodie sits down with critic Peter Howell to discuss. It's up for Best Feature.
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Did you think Whiplash was a glamorization of aggression, or a powerful character study? Film critic Anne Brodie sits down with critic Anthony Marcusa.

 




 

 

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Were you moved by , or did it lack meaning? @annebrodie & Adam Nayman @brofromanother discuss: https://vimeo.com/120062801 

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Hear Johanna Schnellner explain to Anne Brodie why the making of SELMA was fate. It’s nominated for Best Feature at the Film Independent ‪#‎SpiritAwards‬, exclusively in Canada on Hollywood Suite: hollywoodsuite.ca/spiritawards
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Anne Brodie celebrates MOMMY: a fantastic Canadian film by Xavier Dolan, nominated for Best International Film at this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards!
Want to see if it wins? Watch the Film Independent ‪#‎SpiritAwards‬, LIVE on Hollywood Suite this Saturday at 5pm ET.
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Monday, February 16, 2015

TIFF’s Feast of Film, Retrospectives Running March through June at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto CANADA

                                                           
BOOKS ON FILM, SEASON 5
MARCH 2 TO JUNE 22

The Books on Film series marries books and films as a starting point for conversation and comparison, hosted by the CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel.  Filmmakers, authors and experts look at film adaptations of books and their successes and failures. Six film-and chat events take place on select Mondays from March 2 to June 22.

James Shapiro on Coriolanus
Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro examines Ralph Fiennes' modern-day adaptation of Coriolanus on the ages old challenge of bringing the Bard to the big screen. Coriolanus, dir. Ralph Fiennes | UK | 2010 Ralph Fiennes directs and takes the title role in this adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy about an exiled Roman general who allies with his sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take revenge on the city that spurned him.
Monday March 2, 7 p.m.

Kazuo Ishiguro on The Remains of the Day
The acclaimed author discusses James Ivory's adaptation of his Man Booker Prize-winning novel, which was listed as one of the "1,000 Novels Everyone Must Read" by The Guardian. The Remains of the Day dir. James Ivory | UK/USA | 1993 An emotionally distant butler (Anthony Hopkins) and an outspoken housekeeper (Emma Thompson) find their growing love stifled by the constrictions of class, hierarchy and corrupt tradition. Monday, March 16, 7 p.m.

Lynn Barber on An Education
English journalist Lynn Barber discusses the Academy Award-nominated adaptation of her memoir about her teenage love affair with a dashing con man. An Education dir. Lone Scherfig | UK | 2009 Novelist Nick Hornby scripted this Academy Award-nominated adaptation of Lynn Barber’s memoir about a London schoolgirl (Carey Mulligan) who falls for a dashing con man (Peter Skarsgård).  Monday, April 13, 7 p.m.

Allan Scott on Don't Look Now
Screenwriter and producer Allan Scott reflects on the process of adapting Daphne du Maurier's short story into the classic 1973 chiller. Don't Look Now dir. Nicolas Roeg | UK | 1973  A married couple (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) is haunted by a series of mysterious occurrences after the death of their young daughter, directed by Nicholas Roeg. Monday, May 11, 7 p.m.

Irvine Welsh on Trainspotting
Irvine Welsh, chronicler of the seamier side of Scottish life, revisits Danny Boyle's smash-hit film version of his searing debut novel. Trainspotting dir. Danny Boyle | UK | 1996 A motley crew of Edinburgh junkies — played by future stars Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald and Ewen Bremner — come together, fall apart, get clean and get hooked again, in Danny Boyle's wild spin on Irvine Welsh's notorious novel.  Monday, June 1, 7 p.m.

Phillip Lopate on The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Essayist, poet, novelist and film critic Phillip Lopate considers the classic 1969 adaptation of Muriel Spark's world-famous novel.  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie dir. Ronald Neame | UK/USA | 1969 Maggie Smith won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in this classic adaptation of the Muriel Spark novel.  Monday, June 22, 7 p.m.

I FOR IRAN: A HISTORY OF IRANIAN CINEMA BY ITS CREATORS
MARCH 5 TO APRIL 4 

Iran has one of the world’s most distinguished national cinemas in the world, but due to political and religious censorship at home and poor distribution internationally, the films are hard to come by.  Iran’s films are a completely different beast form Hollywood’s offerings, influenced by Italian neorealism and Persian art history they focus on the lives of ordinary people. TIFF offers a rich resource for those who may not have experienced the cinematic art of Iran. 
 The Image Remains: Iranian Short Films introduced by Roya Akbari
Roya Akbari was born in Tehran and lives in Canada as a visual artist and director of Dancing Mania and Only Image Remains.  Akbari's poetic short are offered along with the director's memories of working in Iran.  She will interview top Iranian filmmakers on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30pm

The Cow (Gaav)
dir. Dariush Mehrjui | Iran | 1969 The disappearance of his prized cow drives a simple villager to madness, in Dariush Mehrjui's classic of the Iranian New Wave. Friday, March 6 at 6:00pm

Hamid Naficy on Mr. Haji the Movie Actor dir. Ovanes Ohanian | Iran | 1933 Released at the end of the silent period, this movie-mad comedy is one of the earliest surviving Iranian films.  Naficy is Professor of Radio-Television-Film and the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication at Northwestern University. Saturday, March 7 at 5:00pm

The Night of the Hunchback (Shabe ghuzi)
dir. Farrokh Ghaffari | Iran | 1965 When a hunchbacked actor in a theatrical troupe keels over dead, his fellow players desperately try to dispose of the body, in this blackly comic adaptation of a tale from The Thousand and One Nights.
Sunday, March 8, 3:45pm

Still Life introduced by Hamid Naficy
dir. Sohrab Shahid Saless | Iran | 1974 An elderly railway switchman faces destitution when he is forced into retirement, in this meditative drama that won the Silver Bear at the 1974 Berlin Film Festival. Sunday, March 8 at 6:30pm

The Runner (Davandeh)
dir. Amir Naderi | Iran | 1985 | 94 min. Naderi's semi-autobiographical portrait of a young boy struggling to survive on the streets after losing his family during the Iran-Iraq War was one of the first post-revolutionary Iranian films to garner worldwide acclaim. Friday, March 13 at 6:30pm

Water, Wind, Dust (Aab, baad, khaak)
dir. Amir Naderi | Iran | 1989 A boy's search for his family in a harsh, wind-whipped desert becomes an almost mythic test of human will, in this brutally realistic and uncannily dreamlike stunner. Saturday, March 14 at 3:15pm

A Simple Event (Yek Etefagh sadeh)
dir. Sohrab Shahid Saless | Iran | 1974 Saless’ first feature is a quietly poetic portrait of a young boy struggling to help support his ailing mother. Saturday, March 14 at 6:00pm

Downpour (Ragbar)
dir. Bahram Beyzaie | Iran | 1971 Widely considered one of the greatest Iranian films ever made, Beyzaie's debut feature focuses on an idealistic schoolteacher in a Tehran slum who becomes embroiled in a neighbourhood scandal. Sunday, March 15 at 3:00pm

The Garden of Stones (Baghe sangui)
dir. Parviz Kimiavi | Iran | 1976 Kimiavi blends documentary with absurdist humour and wild fantasy in his tale of a deaf-mute shepherd who creates a bizarre monument after being inspired by a holy vision. Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30pm

The Traveler (Mossafer)
dir. Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1974 A young boy goes to any lengths to scrape together the money for a ticket to a big soccer match, in Kiarostami’s neorealist-inspired first feature. Thursday, March 19 at 6:30pm

Where is the Friend's Home? (Khane-ye doust kodjast?)
dir. Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1987 | 83 min. | PG | 35mm  This deceptively simple story of a schoolboy trying to return his friend's notebook launched Kiarostami's international reputation after winning the Bronze Leopard at the 1989 Locarno Film Festival. Sunday, March 22 at 6:15pm

Close-up introduced by Tina Hassannia
dir. Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1990 Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Jean-Luc Godard and Werner Herzog support Kiarostami's films that seek to explore truth, identity and artistic creation.
Hassannia is a Toronto-based film critic, writer and the author of Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema, the first English-language book on the Iranian filmmaker. Friday, March 27 at 8:45pm

Hamoun introduced by Amir Soltani
dir. Dariush Mehrjui | Iran | 1990 Dariush Mehrjui's incisive, ironic, and finally dreamlike study of middle-class Iranian life was voted the best Iranian film ever made in a 1997 poll of film critics. Soltani is a Toronto-based film critic. Saturday, March 28 at 3:45pm

A Separation introduced by Tina Hassannia
dir. Asghar Farhadi | Iran | 2011 Asghar Farhadi's elegant melodrama was the first Iranian film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Hassannia is a Toronto-based film critic, writer and the author. Friday, April 3 at 6:00pm

Gabbeh
dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Iran | 1996 Mohsen Makhmalbaf's gorgeously shot fable is a signature work of the Iranian Second New Wave. Saturday, April 4 at 6:00pm


MARCH BREAK AT TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
MARCH 7 TO 22


digiPlaySpace — March 7 to April 19
Kids, families and educators will learn through play with multi-player installations and learning-centric videogames, robotics, mobile apps, hands-on activities and workshops from acclaimed Canadian and international media artists. digiPlaySpace runs until the end of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival April 19.  Programming for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and new installations for digiPlaySpace will be announced on March 4.

Walt Disney Classics — March 14 to 22
From Walt Disney’s most treasured and influential animated classics, TIFF offers The Little Mermaid (1989), Dumbo (1941); The Aristocats (1970); The Sword in the Stone (1963); The Rescuers (1977) and its sequel The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Disney’s first collaboration with Pixar; and Robin Hood (1973), Flight of the Navigator (1986) an extremely rare 70mm screenings of Tron (1982), and The Black Hole (1979).

March Break Camps — March 16 to March 20
TIFF’s Gaming News Nexus.  This week-long camp offers kids the chance to produce a short news-style program about all things in the gaming sphere, reviews of games, consoles, and devices, and interviews with gamers and producers. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 9 to 12.
Maker/Creator Camp
Participants may experiment with game design, basic robotics, and DIY projects using “maker” technology including Makeymakey and Arduino boards. Campers will also get an in-depth look at digiPlaySpace from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 12 to 16.


TIFF’S FOOD ON FILM   MARCH 11 TO JUNE 24

Back for a fifth season, TIFF’s Food on Film series brings together chefs, food experts and film lovers to enjoy the best of culinary cinema and conversation. Matt Galloway moderates six food and film events Wednesdays.

March 11
Indian-born chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala present the award-winning festival hit The Lunchbox, exploring the art behind crafting Indian dishes. 
The Lunchbox  dir. Ritesh Batra | India/France/Germany 2013 In Mumbai, a mis-delivered lunchbox brings together two very different people — a neglected housewife (Nimrat Kaur) and a grumpy, solitary widower on the verge of retirement (Bollywood star Irrfan Khan) — in this funny and touching comedy-drama.

April 1
James Beard Award-winning travel writer and culinary anthropologist Naomi Duguid discusses the beloved documentary The Gleaners & I, and examines unique approaches to food gathering and agriculture.
The Gleaners &I dir. Agnès Varda | France 2000 Varda's witty and intimate portrait of modern-day gleaners — those who scour fields, trash bins and junk heaps for food, curios, and other refuse — was recently voted one of the top 10 documentaries of all time in a Sight & Sound poll.

April 22
Momofuku’s beverage director and Master Sommelier candidate Jordan Salcito presents the documentary Somm, sharing her expertise in wine curation and providing her personal insight into the hallowed halls of the competitive Court of Master Sommeliers.
Somm dir. Jason Wise | France/Germany/Italy/USA 2012 This intoxicating documentary delves into one of the world’s most prestigious, exclusive and secretive organizations: the Court of Master Sommeliers, where global wine experts put their reputations on the line to earn the coveted title of Master Sommelier.

May 13
Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award-winning chef and the leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, introduces the post-apocalyptic comedy Delicatessen and discusses his playfully artful and boldly experimental approach to cooking. 
Delicatessen  dirs. Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro | France 1991 | 99 min. | 14A
In a post-apocalyptic Paris, a former circus clown discovers the gruesome secret of his landlord's popular butcher shop, in this dazzlingly designed black comedy.

June 3
Chad Robertson, James Beard Award-winning baker and co-owner of San Francisco's legendary Tartine Bakery, presents the intriguing new documentary The Grain Divide on gluten and the health impact of over-processed grain consumption. 
The Grain Divide  dir. JD McLelland | USA 2015 Featuring interviews with the world's top bakers, chefs, researchers and scientists, this new documentary on the history and future of grains takes audiences into the fields, kitchens and labs that are attempting to address the critical issues facing the foundation of food.

June 24
California cuisine pioneer Jonathan Waxman pays tribute to Ivan Reitman (his partner in the Toronto restaurant Montecito) with a screening of the comedy kingpin's classic Meatballs.
Meatballs dir. Ivan Reitman | Canada 1979 Ivan Reitman's prototypical summer-camp comedy propelled Bill Murray from Saturday Night Live fame to big-screen stardom.

Tickets are available by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433 or visit the box office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West. Also please check
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hollywood's Tough-Talking Ball of Fire, Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck – None Like Her. TIFF Looks Back With Love

Ball of Fire: The Films of Barbara Stanwyck at TIFF February 7 to April 4
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Tough, smart, independent, serious and versatile, are not adjectives that come to mind thinking of one of Hollywood’s most important female stars. But Barbara Stanwyck was a powerhouse who could literally do it all. She was a phenom, who played an impressive range of characters from back alley harridan to a society matron to a professors’ favourite to a Wild West gunslinger and burlesque queen, mainstream comedy and the pulpiest noir. She was a “ball of fire” and a murderer, a sentimentalist and feminist.
aaaaa In a time when women were gaining ground in Hollywood she was front row all the way, alongside fellow independents Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn, dedicated to her work, too smart to be sidetracked, too successful to be ignored. Stanwyck looks were striking, but she was not beautiful or especially graceful. She was a salt of the earth type whose spirit and essence lit her from within in portrayals that have stood the test of time. She wasn’t a glamour queen, didn’t often appear in the tabloids or court publicity (“Attention embarrasses me.
I don’t like to be on display”), she was hardworking and conscientious, and left a legacy of serious integrity.
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Her intelligence and forthrightness illuminate the work and that’s how we know her best, through her work.
Ruby Catherine Stevens was born in Brooklyn, her mother was killed when she was four and her father abandoned her and her siblings. They cared for each other until they were placed in foster homes. Later Ruby joined her older sister and became showgirls, landing in the Ziegfeld Follies.
A few years later, as Barbara Stanwyck, she Hollywood –bound where she would begin one of the most successful careers of any actress, at any time. She was one of the most versatile actresses Hollywood has ever seen  .....


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Th Americans Season Three Premieres Jan 28 on FX .. Matthew Rhys Tells Us All

Sex, Secrecy and Spying – Matthew Rhys on The Americans Season Three

The Americans – Season Three Premieres Wednesday, January 28th at 10:00 p.m. EST on FX
The Americans, FX’ intelligent, complex, character driven drama about two KGB officers planted in the US begins its third season with a bang. The spies, passing themselves off as ordinary middle class married couple with two children, are at a pivotal time in their personal and professional lives. It’s the 80’s Cold War, one of the most dangerous periods in political history as the US and the Soviet Union dance around one another, as the threat of nuclear war looms. Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings played by Welsh actor Matthew Rhys and his real-life partner Keri Russell are about to have their worlds turned upside down.

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Describe your partnership on the show with Keri as Elizabeth.
Their relationship and life together is so complex that it’s gymnastic in a way that it can leap from something incredibly domestic as to do with the kids’ school and then to do with a mission and then the killing or disposing of a body. They jump these huge caverns, these leaps, varied and often and that’s true of their emotional life. Also, they only have each other in this situation. There’s no one else they could turn to. There’s no one else who can empathize or sympathize like the other one can. Therefore, in that respect, they’re sort of beholden and dependent on each other. It makes for this amazing relationship whereby they need each other, but they antagonize each other enormously and they fight and they’re poles apart at times, but ultimately, knowing that they absolutely will always need each other, so it makes for incredibly interesting play.
Are there elements of yourself in Phillip?
I’ve always appraised any character I approach with the characteristics built up of myself. I’m always interested in the truth of the character and the way I bring a truth to the character to make him, I hate to say, but it’s your own makeup that you bring to the character.
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Philip seems to have sex more often than anyone else on TV!
That’s based on my life!
As an actor, though, is it ever easy shooting sex scenes?
No. It never gets comfortable. It never gets to a point where you go, “Oh, this is normal, this is natural,” you’re simulating sex with 40 of your closest friends. It’s bizarre, the random bizarreness of it. Then it’s magnified when you have to do the gymnastics of the Kama Sutra as well. It’s never .....


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Still Alice starring Julianne Moore, Sends a Powerful Message


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Still Alice | Movie Review by Anne Brodie

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 Directed by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Written by Lisa Genova (novel), Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Stars Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish
Rating: 3/5
Julianne Moore’s cutting a swath through awards season for a film that stretches her beyond any she’s done in her career.  In Still Alice, adapted from the novel by Lisa Genova, Moore plays a 55 year old linguistics professor wonders why she’s become forgetful of keys, words, day and time, and even where she is.  Her doctor gives her a surprising diagnosis – Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  No mistake.
She courageously breaks the news to the family without emotion. Her husband (Baldwin) and children (Stewart, Bosworth, and Parrish) are mystified and defiant. Surely, it’s a mistake. And equally shocking is news that the children’s odds of getting the disease are high. It’s interesting to watch their reactions then and sometime later, once reality settles in.
Alice struggles through the stages of her deterioration with resolute calm.  She tries to “be normal” for her family’s sake but before long, normal function is a dim memory. They move her out to the beach house where she and Stewart take long walks, talking, bonding through this tragedy by ...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Benicio Del Toro as Pablo Escobar in Gripping Fact-Based Film

Paradise Lost | Movie Review by Anne Brodie

Paradise Lost Movie
Escobar: Paradise Lost
Directed by Andrea Di Stefano
Starring Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson and Claudia Traisac
Written by Andrea Di Stefano and Francesca Marciano
Rating 3.5 /5
Benicio Del Toro has played wicked but the profound wickedness he brings to Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is breathtaking.  So who is this man Del Toro portrays?  Escobar grew up a petty criminal in the Medellin area of Colombia and rose to become the world’s most notorious trafficker, a gifted strategist unburdened by conscience and untouchable for nearly 20 years.  Just being wicked never gets powerful drug lords anywhere.  It’s that added layer of sizzling charisma that gets them to the top – the X-factor that allows a person to bypass normal rules and behaviour and eliminate resistance.  Del Toro brings him to life, this beloved, charming and profoundly evil man.
Escobar broke all the rules, ordered countless murders and walked on a lot of willing victims to control the cocaine trade between south and North America from 1975 to his death in 1993.  At the height of his reign of terror he is alleged to have moved $500M in cocaine per day and carry out crimes and routine executions to maintain it.   No one, no government, police force or rival could touch hm.
He held sway over hundreds of lives in his immediate circle and unknown numbers of official and unofficial forces from Colombia, Mexico the US and God knows where else.  It’s believed that his reach extended to Europe and Asia and that’s not counting the drug habits he fed. ...


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winners of the BFCA's Critics Choice Awards Hot Off the Presses!

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the winners of the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards tonight, live from the Hollywood Palladium.  The show aired on A&E at 9pm ET/6pm PT and was hosted by Michael Strahan.

“Boyhood” was named Best Picture and garnered three additional wins including Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette, Best Young Actor/Actress for Ellar Coltrane, and Best Director for Richard Linklater.

“Birdman,” the most nominated film of the evening, won seven awards including Best Actor for Michael Keaton, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Original Screenplay for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo, Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki, Best Editing for Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione, Best Actor in a Comedy for Michael Keaton, and Best Score for Antonio Sanchez.  Michael Keaton is the first person in the 20-year history of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards to win three awards in a single year (Best Actor, Best Actor in a Comedy, and as part of the “Birdman” Best Ensemble).

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” claimed three awards including Best Comedy, Best Art Direction for Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer) and Anna Pinnock (Set Director), and Best Costume Design for Milena Canonero.

Best Action Movie winner “Guardians of the Galaxy” picked up an additional award for Best Hair & Makeup.  Additional winners include Julianne Moore for Best Actress for “Still Alice,” J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor for “Whiplash,” Bradley Cooper for Best Actor in an Action Movie for “American Sniper,” Emily Blunt for Best Actress in an Action Movie for “Edge of Tomorrow,” Jenny Slate for Best Actress in a Comedy for “Obvious Child,” Gillian Flynn for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Gone Girl,” and Common and John Legend for Best Song for “Selma.”

“The Lego Movie” was awarded Best Animated Feature while “Force Majeure” took home Best Foreign Language Film.  “Life Itself” was named Best Documentary Feature, “Interstellar” Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie, and Best Visual Effects went to “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

As announced previously, Kevin Costner, Ron Howard and Jessica Chastain each received special honors at the ceremony.  Rene Russo presented Kevin Costner with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ celebrating more than three decades of incredible work in film.  Chris Hemsworth presented the ‘Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award’, established to honor an icon who has demonstrated unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts, to multiple award-winning director, producer and actor Ron Howard.  Chris Pratt presented the inaugural ‘Critics’ Choice MVP Award,’ to Jessica Chastain, recognizing an extraordinary actress for her work in several standout movies throughout a single year - Interstellar, Miss Julie, A Most Violent Year (which also earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination this year), and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

“The Critics' Choice Movie Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics' organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics.  BFCA members are the primary source of information for today's film-going public.  Historically, the “Critics' Choice Movie Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The “The 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards” are produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.

About BFCA
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics.  For additional information about the BFCA and their members, visit www.criticschoice.com.

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WINNERS OF THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

Best Picture – “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 Young Actor/Actress – Ellar Coltrane, “Boyhood”
Best Acting Ensemble – “Birdman”
Best Director – Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Best Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Best Adapted Screenplay – Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Best Art Direction – Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Anna Pinnock (Set Decorator), “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Editing – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, “Birdman”
Best Costume Design – Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Hair & Makeup – “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Best Visual Effects – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Best Animated Feature – “The Lego Movie”
Best Action Movie – “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Best Actor in an Action Movie – Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Best Actress in an Action Movie – Emily Blunt, “Edge of Tomorrow”
Best Comedy – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Actor in a Comedy – Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Best Actress in a Comedy – Jenny Slate, “Obvious Child”
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie – “Interstellar”
Best Foreign Language Film – “Force Majeure”
Best Documentary Feature – “Life Itself”
Best Song –  “Glory”, Common and John Legend, “Selma”
Best Score – Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”

WINNERS BY PICTURE FOR
THE 20thANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BIRDMAN (7 Awards)
Best Actor
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Actor in a Comedy
Best Score

BOYHOOD (4 Awards)
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor/Actress
Best Director

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (3 Awards)
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Comedy

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2 Awards)
Best Hair & Makeup
Best Action Movie

AMERICAN SNIPER (1 Award)
Best Actor in an Action Movie

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1 Award)
Best Visual Effects

EDGE OF TOMORROW (1 Award)
Best Actress in an Action Movie

FORCE MAJEURE (1 Award)
Best Foreign Language Film

GONE GIRL (1 Award)
Best Adapted Screenplay

INTERSTELLAR (1 Award)
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

LIFE ITSELF (1 Award)
Best Documentary Feature

OBVIOUS CHILD (1 Award)
Best Actress in a Comedy

SELMA (1 Award)
Best Song

STILL ALICE (1 Award)
Best Actress

THE LEGO MOVIE (1 Award)
Best Animated Feature

WHIPLASH (1 Award)
Best Supporting Actor