‘Birdman,’ ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ among Florida Film Critics Awards Nominees

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The Florida Film Critics Circle, an organization of 27 critics from Florida-based print and online publications, has announced their shortlist for the year’s best achievements in cinema. Leading the pack was Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s acclaimed existentialist showbiz comedy Birdman which picked up nominations in eight categories including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Michael Keaton). The film, which follows the misadventures of a has-been actor trying to mount a comeback by directing and starring in a Broadway play, also earned notices for Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone) and Best Original Screenplay.

Wes Anderson’s madcap caper comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel was also a big hit with the group, picking up six nods—among them Best Picture, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Art Direction/Production Design and Best Original Screenplay.

Both films will contend for the Best Picture prize with Richard Linklater’s critical darling, the 12 years-in-the-making coming-of-age drama Boyhood. Linklater’s film was also shortlisted for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette).

The 28 films that the FFCC shortlisted this year ranged from massive blockbusters like Christopher Nolan’s ambitious hard sci-fi drama Interstellar (four nominations) and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy—the year’s biggest domestic hit—to little-seen art house fare like Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin (Best Score) and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash.

Full disclosure: As a voting member of the FFCC, I’d like to mention that these nominations are in equal measure reflective and non-reflective of my individual ballot. While a couple of my favorites are represented, many of them are not, which was initially disappointing. However, it should be understood that eclectic picks rarely gather traction in voting processes—especially when it comes to film awards groups. Consensus is king when members are strewn across the state and aren’t available to meet in person to deliberate nominees and winners.

Winners in all categories will be announced on Friday, December 19. Keep an eye out for that. Until then, below is the full slate of nominees in all categories. The recipient of this year’s Golden Orange, an award bestowed upon a Florida-based individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to film and/or filmmaking in Florida, will be announced on Friday with the rest of the winners.

SOURCE: Florida Film Critics Circle 

BEST PICTURE

Birdman

 Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ACTOR

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS

Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Emma Stone – Birdman

BEST ENSEMBLE

Birdman

 Boyhood

 The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST DIRECTOR

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu – Birdman

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Gone Girl

Inherent Vice

The Theory of Everything

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 

Birdman

 The Grand Budapest Hotel

Interstellar

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

Interstellar

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Interstellar

Into the Woods

BEST SCORE

Gone Girl

Interstellar

 Under the Skin

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Citizenfour

 Life Itself

Jodorowsky’s Dune

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

Ida (Poland)

Force Majeure (Sweden)

The Raid 2 (Indonesia)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE 

Big Hero 6

 How to Train Your Dragon 2

 The Lego Movie

PAULINE KAEL BREAKOUT AWARD 

Jennifer Kent – The Babadook

Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle/Beyond the Lights

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