‘Birdman’ soars with the Florida Film Critics Circle

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After a nomination phase which saw Birdman lead the way with eight nominations, the final votes are in for the 2014 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (full disclosure: I’m a voting member). Alejandro González Iñárritu’s showbiz satire walked away with the top honors of Best Picture and Best Actor (for Michael Keaton’s memorable performance) plus runners-up citations for its screenplay and Emma Stone and Edward Norton’s supporting performances.

However, in a surprise turn, it was The Grand Budapest Hotel that walked away with the most trophies. Wes Anderson’s delightful romp won three prizes—Best Original Screenplay, Best Ensemble, and Best Art Direction/Production Design—in addition to a runner-up prize for Best Cinematography.

Other multiple award winners were Richard Linklater’s 12 years in the making Boyhood (Best Director for Linklater and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette’s sublime work), David Fincher’s Gone Girl (for Best Actress Rosamund Pike and Gillian Flynn’s Adapted Screenplay), Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (Visual Effects and Cinematography), and Sundance sensation Whiplash (J.K. Simmons as Best Supporting Actor and writer-director Damien Chazelle as the FFCC’s Breakthrough Artist).

Also in the winner’s circle were the Roger Ebert overview Life Itself for Best Documentary, the breathtaking Indonesian action epic The Raid 2 for Best Foreign Language Film, The Lego Movie as Best Animated Film, and Jonathan Glazer’s hypnotic Under the Skin which earned the Best Score award.

This year, the Florida Film Critics Circle bestowed its annual Golden Orange Award on Miami’s Borscht Corp. and its Borscht Film Festival. Borscht Corp. is an organization composed of tireless champions of independent filmmaking. Fresh and vital, they are a non-profit that affords filmmakers a place to work outside of the box and produce work that has garnered international attention. As their profile grows so does original, local film production’s profile. Since 2005, Borscht has been about creativity and a devout allegiance to the film scene in South Florida. They have been shining ambassadors for the region and are showing no signs of slowing down.

Full list of winners below:

BEST PICTURE
Birdman
Runner Up: Boyhood

BEST ACTOR
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Runner Up: Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

BEST ACTRESS
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Runner Up: Julianne Moore – Still Alice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Runner Up: Edward Norton – Birdman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Runner Up: Emma Stone – Birdman

BEST ENSEMBLE
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Runner Up: Boyhood

BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Runner Up: Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Runner Up: Birdman

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
Runner Up: Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Interstellar (Hoyte Van Hoytema)
Runner Up: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Robert D. Yeoman)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Interstellar
Runner Up: Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ART DIRECTION/DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Runner Up: Interstellar

BEST SCORE
Under the Skin
Runner Up: Gone Girl

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Life Itself
Runner Up: Citizenfour

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE
The Raid 2
Runner Up: Force Majeure

BEST ANIMATED FILM
The Lego Movie
Runner Up: How to Train Your Dragon 2

BREAKOUT AWARD
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
Runner Up: Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle/Beyond the Lights

SOURCE: FFCC

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