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Nevada film critics name ‘Birdman’ best film

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society named "Birdman" best movie of 2014.  Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society named “Birdman” best movie of 2014.

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

For many years, I was a voting member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. Since I no longer contribute to any media outlets in Nevada, I have stopped voting with the group, but I still feel a kinship with the members, many of whom are personal friends. Because of that — and because the Las Vegas Critics always make interesting picks — I think its important for me to report on their 2014 Sierra Award winners.

This year, “Birdman” was the big movie, taking the group’s best picture award and ranking No. 1 on its annual top 10.

Following is the full list of winners.

LAS VEGAS FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2014 SIERRA AWARDS

Best Picture
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress
Tilda Swinton, “Snowpiercer”

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Video Verdict: ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘The Grandmaster,’ ‘Oldboy’

From left to right, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in “12 Years a Slave.” The movie won three Academy Awards, including best picture. Nyong’o picked up the coveted best supporting actress honor.

From left to right, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in “12 Years a Slave.” The movie won three Academy Awards, including best picture. Nyong’o picked up the coveted best supporting actress honor.

It’s a good week for home video, and this year’s best picture Oscar winner is the main attraction.

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Video Verdict: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Machete Kills,’ ‘In a World…’

Tom Hanks stars in the Academy Award-nominated drama “Captain Phillips.”

Tom Hanks stars in the Academy Award-nominated drama “Captain Phillips.”

Two movies that earned multiple Academy Award nominations lead this week’s crop of new videos.

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Video Verdict: ‘The Host,’ ‘Admission,’ ‘The Gatekeepers’

In “Admission,” Tina Fey plays a Princeton University employee with the power to decide who does and does not get accepted to the top-notch school.

In “Admission,” Tina Fey plays a Princeton University employee with the power to decide who does and does not get accepted to the top-notch school.

This week’s home video releases include a romantic comedy starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, an Oscar-nominated documentary and a science-fiction film about alien invaders.

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Video Verdict: ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘The Guilt Trip,’ ‘Broken City’

Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Bradley Cooper star in the Oscar-nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Bradley Cooper star in the Oscar-nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook.”

A thriller featuring Mark Wahlberg, and a relationship drama that received eight Oscar nominations anchor this week’s home video releases.

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Video Verdict: ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘This is 40′

Jessica Chastain landed a best actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a U.S. intelligence operative in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Jessica Chastain landed a best actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a U.S. intelligence operative in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

This week’s home video releases include several key players from the most-recent Academy Awards race.

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Video Verdict: ‘Argo,’ ‘Sinister,’ ‘Fun Size,’ ‘Top Gun 3D’

Ben Affleck, who directed “Argo,” also stars in the film as real-life CIA specialist Tony Mendez.

Ben Affleck, who directed “Argo,” also stars in the film as real-life CIA specialist Tony Mendez.

This week’s home video releases include a 3D update of a classic adventure film and a drama that’s at the heart of this year’s Oscar race.

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