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Don’t Miss the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Tonight (Jan. 15)

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are broadcast live at 6 p.m. (PT) today (Jan. 15) on A&E. Be sure to tune in.

I am a long-time member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which presents the awards show, and it’s always fun. Also, winners of Critics’ Choice Awards often go on to win the Oscar.

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Nominees for the 87th Academy Awards

"Birdman" was nominated for nine Academy Awards.  Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

“Birdman” was nominated for nine Academy Awards.
Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Following is a list of all nominees for the 87th Academy Awards. The show will be held Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

BEST PICTURE
“AMERICAN SNIPER”
“BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)”
“BOYHOOD”
“THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL”
“THE IMITATION GAME”
“SELMA”
“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING”
“WHIPLASH”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
STEVE CARELL, “Foxcatcher”
BRADLEY COOPER, “American Sniper”
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, “The Imitation Game”
MICHAEL KEATON, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
EDDIE REDMAYNE, “The Theory of Everything”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
MARION COTILLARD, “Two Days, One Night”
FELICITY JONES, “The Theory of Everything”
JULIANNE MOORE, “Still Alice”
ROSAMUND PIKE, “Gone Girl”
REESE WITHERSPOON, “Wild”

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RiffTrax names worst films of 2014

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made RiffTrax's worst films of 2014 list."  Photo courtesy of Sony

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made RiffTrax’s worst films of 2014 list.”
Photo courtesy of Sony

The votes are in, and the good folks at RiffTrax have unveiled results for their worst films of 2014 poll.

I agree that most of these movies are lousy, although I did like two. That just shows that I’m an independent thinker, right?

Following is the RiffTrax List. You can visit their site for the full commentary. Also, be sure to vote in the current “Worst Movies of the ’90s” poll.

 

RIFFTRAX’S WORST MOVIES OF 2014

10) “300: Rise of an Empire”

9) “Noah”

8) “Sex Tape”

7) “Quija”

6) “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” 

5) “Left Behind”

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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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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominees announced

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" received 11 nominations for the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” received 11 nominations for the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

As a longtime member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, I am pleased to announce the nominees for the organization’s 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. I cast my nomination ballot Friday, as did the other 300 or so members of the group, so the nominees represent something of a critical consensus of the best of 2014 cinema.

Now, we get to digest the nomination list for about a month before voting for the winners, which will be announced during a live TV broadcast Jan. 15 on A&E. The show will air at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET), and it’s always a lot of fun.

“Birdman” leads all contenders with 13 nominations, but “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Boyhood” aren’t far behind, with 11 and eight nods respectively.

Following is the complete nomination list …

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE

Birdman

Boyhood

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Nightcrawler

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Unbroken

Whiplash

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards air Jan. 16 on The CW

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards have a remarkable track record for predicting future Oscar winners, and they air live tonight (Jan. 16) on The CW. Tune in at 8 p.m. PT/ET.

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’12 Years a Slave’ tops Las Vegas Film Critics Society’s 2013 awards field

From left, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in "12 Years a Slave." The movie received five awards, including Best Picture, from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society.

From left, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in “12 Years a Slave.” The movie received five awards, including Best Picture, from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society.

Because I have reviewed film in Nevada for a long time, I am a member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, an organization that doles out awards every December. It’s great to be part of this organization because membership is relatively small, meaning everyone’s vote is important. Also, my fellow members are terrific. This week, we announced our award winners for 2013. Here’s a full list…

Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2013 Sierra Awards

Best Picture
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Actress
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Director
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

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