Joel and Ethan Coen movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ tops National Society of Film Critics Awards
The National Society of Film Critics is the last major U.S.-based critic’s group to announce their annual winners. This year, their top film was Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, a comedy-drama about a hapless folk singer. Inside Llewyn Davis also earned honors for the directors, star Oscar Isaac, and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel. Additionally, the Coen brother’s film was the runner-up in the Best Screenplay category.
Inside Llewyn Davis is the first movie directed by Joel and Ethan Coen to win the top prize at the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Back in early 2008, whereas most critic’s groups – and the Academy Awards – went for the Coen brother’s No Country for Old Men, the NSFC selected instead Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood.
The National Society of Film Critics Awards vs. the Academy Awards
For those concerned with the Oscar potential of North American critic’s award winners, the National Society of Film Critics Awards aren’t exactly the greatest of barometers. Their choices, in fact, tend to be too offbeat for the more mainstream Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
For instance: since 2000, six of the NSFC Best Film winners failed to receive even a Best Picture Oscar nomination (Edward Yang’s Yi Yi: A One and a Two, David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr., Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s American Splendor, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir, Lars von Trier’s Melancholia), while only two NSFC winners (Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby; Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker) won matching Oscars.
Also since 2000, seven National Society of Film Critics Best Actor winners and four Best Actress winners also took home Academy Awards. Here they are:
- Adrien Brody for Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (2002)
- Charlize Theron for Patty Jenkin’s Monster (2003)
- Jamie Foxx for Taylor Hackford’s Ray (also for Michael Mann’s Collateral) and Hilary Swank for Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby (2004; tied with Imelda Staunton in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake)
- Philip Seymour Hoffman for Bennett Miller’s Capote and Reese Witherspoon for James Mangold’s Walk the Line (2005)
- Forest Whitaker for Kevin Macdonald’s The Last King of Scotland and Helen Mirren for Stephen Frears’ The Queen (2006)
- Daniel Day-Lewis for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007)
- Sean Penn for Gus Van Sant’s Milk (2008)
- Daniel Day-Lewis for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012)
Full list of National Society Film Critics winners and runners-up
Best Picture: Inside Llewyn Davis (23). Runners-up: David O. Russell’s American Hustle (17); Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (16); Spike Jonze’s Her (16).
Best Foreign Language Film: Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color (27). Runners-up: Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin (21); Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (15).
Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis (25). Runners-up: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity (18); Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave (15).
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (57). Runners-up: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color (36); Julie Delpy, Before Midnight (26).
Best Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy, Before Midnight (29). Runners-up: Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis (26); Eric Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle (18).
Best Nonfiction Film: The Act of Killing and At Berkeley (tie, 20). Runner-up: Leviathan (18).
Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis (28). Runners-up: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity (26); Phedon Papamichael, Nebraska (17).
Best Film Still Awaiting U.S. Distribution: Stray Dogs and Hide Your Smiling Faces.
Note: Too Much Johnson is Orson Welles’ first film, made in 1938. Allan Dwan was a silent era filmmaker whose career went downhill in the ’30s. Among his movies are the Douglas Fairbanks version of Robin Hood. The “Hitchcock 9” are the following recently restored Alfred Hitchcock movies: The Lodger, The Ring, The Farmer’s Wife, The Pleasure Garden, Blackmail, Champagne, Downhill, Easy Virtue, and The Manxman. These feature the likes of Ivor Novello, Anny Ondra, Virginia Valli, Isabel Jeans, Betty Balfour, and others.
Oscar Isaac Inside Llewyn Davis photo: IFC Films.
SAG Awards: Lupita Nyong’o surprises + shoo-in Cate Blanchett doesn’t
The 2014 SAG Awards ceremony was held at downtown Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center earlier this evening, January 18. Presenters included Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Clark Gregg, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Mindy Kaling, and Pauley Perrette, in addition to about a couple of dozen nominees.
Most of the winners – including those in the television categories – were the expected ones, e.g., Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Best Actor Oscar winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street, 1987) for his portrayal of Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Jared Leto for Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969; California Suite, 1978) for Downton Abbey, and Best Actress Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, 2006) for Phil Spector. Even so, there was room for a couple of surprises.
For starters, Jennifer Lawrence – Hollywood’s latest awards darling – failed to take home the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in David O. Russell’s American Hustle. The winner in that category was feature film newcomer Lupita Nyong’o for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.
You win some, you lose some (and vice versa): 12 Years a Slave, the favorite to take home the Best Cast SAG Award, lost to American Hustle. Which means Jennifer Lawrence managed to take home at least one The Actor statuette.
Cate Blanchett talks, Rita Moreno sings
The cleverest speech of the evening was delivered by shoo-in Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett, who thanked the Screen Actors Guild for welcoming her back after years working on the Australian stage. Blanchett then proceeded to stroke the mid-section of the Actor statuette, offer its penis to fellow Blue Jasmine player Sally Hawkins, and complain to the teleprompter: “You’re giving me only 29 seconds after [Best Actor SAG winner] Matthew McConaughey was just up here talking about Neptune?” (McConaughey’s rambling speech went on for a quite a while.)
And finally, 82-year-old veteran Rita Moreno, Best Supporting Oscar winner for Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story (1961), was given SAG’s Life Achievement Award. Moreno sang during her acceptance speech.
See below the full list of 2014 SAG Award winners (in bold).
SAG 2014 nominees
Best Actor: Bruce Dern for Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave, Tom Hanks for Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips, Matthew McConaughey for Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, Forest Whitaker for Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, Meryl Streep for John Wells’ August: Osage County, Emma Thompson for John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks.
Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi For Captain Phillips, Daniel Brühl for Ron Howard’s Rush, Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave, James Gandolfini Nicole Holofcener’s for Enough Said, Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club.
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave, Julia Roberts for August: Osage County, June Squibb for Nebraska, Oprah Winfrey for The Butler.
- 12 Years a Slave: Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard;
- American Hustle: Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Paul Herman, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Peña, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm, Shea Whigham;
- August: Osage County: Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Meryl Streep, Misty Upham;
- Dallas Buyers Club: Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare, Dallas Roberts, Steve Zahn;
- The Butler: Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey.
Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Matt Damon for Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra, Jeremy Irons for The Hollow Crown, Rob Lowe for Killing Kennedy, Al Pacino for Phil Spector.
Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Angela Bassett for Betty & Coretta, Helena Bonham Carter for Burton and Taylor, Holly Hunter for Top of the Lake, Helen Mirren for Phil Spector, Robin Griffin for Top of the Lake.
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire, Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards.
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, Jason Bateman for Arrested Development, Ty Burrell for Modern Family, Don Cheadle for House of Lies, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory.
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik for The Big Bang Theory, Julie Bowen for Modern Family, Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie, Tina Fey for 30 Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep.
Best Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire: Patricia Arquette, Margot Bingham, Steve Buscemi, Brian Geraghty, Stephen Graham, Erik La Ray Harvey, Jack Huston, Ron Livingston, Domenick Lombardozzi, Gretchen Mol, Ben Rosenfield, Paul Sparks, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nisi Sturgis, Jacob Ware, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright.
Breaking Bad: Michael Bowen, Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Lavell Crawford, Tait Fletcher, Laura Fraser, Anna Gunn, Matthew T. Metzlerv, Rj Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, Steven Michael Quezada, Kevin Rankin, Patrick Sane.
Downton Abbey: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Jessica Brown Findlay, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, David Robb, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Dan Stevens, Cara Theobold, Penelope Wilton.
Game of Thrones: Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Oona Chaplin, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Mackenzie Crook, Charles Dance, Joe Dempsie, Peter Dinklage, Natalie Dormer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michelle Fairley, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kristofer Hivju, Paul Kaye, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Michael McElhatton, Ian McElhinney, Philip McGinley, Hannah Murray, Iwan Rheon, Sophie Turner, Carice Van Houten, Maisie Williams.
Homeland: F. Murray Abraham, Sarita Choudhury, Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, Tracy Letts, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morgan Saylor.
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock: Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, James Marsden, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Keith Powell.
Arrested Development: Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, John Beard, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia De Rossi, Isla Fisher, Tony Hale, Ron Howard, Liza Minnelli, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Henry Winkler.
The Big Bang Theory: Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch.
Modern Family: Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Aubrey Anderson Emmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O’neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter.
Veep: Sufe Bradshaw, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-dreyfus, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh.
Best Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture: All Is Lost, Fast & Furious 6, Lone Survivor, Rush, The Wolverine.
Best Stunt Ensemble In A Comedy Or Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Homeland, The Walking Dead.
2014 SAG Awards presenters
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o 12 Years a Slave photo: Fox Searchlight.
People’s Choice Awards: Gee, why aren’t the Oscars more like them?
People are always bitching about the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences not representing the tastes of the average moviegoer. The Academy is accused of being elitist and snobbish, snotty and snooty, old and tired. Well, below you’ll find the list of winners and nominees of the 2014 People’s Choice Awards (select categories). So, this is what the Academy Awards would look like if they were popular (or populist), young, and vibrant; in other words, if they were to truly represent the likes and dislikes of the average moviegoer (at least in the United States).
The list below will also give you an idea of what the Emmys and Grammys should look like if they were to truly represent the likes and dislikes of the average U.S. TV watcher and music listener.
Check out: “Amy Adams Oscar Nominations.”
People’s Choice Awards winners & nominees (select categories; winners in bold)
Despicable Me 2
Fast & Furious 6
Iron Man 3
Star Trek: Into Darkness
FAVORITE YEAR END MOVIE
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Thor: The Dark World
FAVORITE MOVIE DUO
Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto, Star Trek: Into Darkness
Jennifer Aniston & Jason Sudeikis, We’re the Millers
Robert Downey Jr. & Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man 3
Sandra Bullock & George Clooney, Gravity
Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy, The Heat
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE
Fast & Furious 6
Iron Man 3
Star Trek: Into Darkness
World War Z
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE STAR
Robert Downey Jr.
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE
Grown Ups 2
The Hangover Part III
Instructions Not Included
We’re the Millers
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTOR
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS
FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE
The Great Gatsby
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTOR
FAVORITE FAMILY MOVIE
Despicable Me 2
Oz the Great and Powerful
Sea of Monsters
The Smurfs 2
FAVORITE HORROR MOVIE
Hansel & Gretel:
Insidious: Chapter 2
FAVORITE THRILLER MOVIE
A Good Day to Die Hard
Now You See Me
White House Down
FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDY
2 Broke Girls
The Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTOR
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Neil Patrick Harris
FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTRESS
FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA
The Good Wife
FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTOR
FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTRESS
FAVORITE ACTOR IN A NEW TV SERIES
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Michael J. Fox
FAVORITE ACTRESS IN A NEW TV SERIES
Sarah Michelle Gellar
FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA
FAVORITE COMPETITION TV SHOW
America’s Got Talent
Dancing with the Stars
The X Factor
FAVORITE CABLE TV COMEDY
Hot in Cleveland
Melissa & Joey
FAVORITE CABLE TV DRAMA
Pretty Little Liars
Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead
FAVORITE PREMIUM CABLE TV SHOW
Game of Thrones
FAVORITE CABLE TV ACTRESS
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOW
Beauty and the Beast
Once Upon a Time
The Vampire Diaries
The Walking Dead
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTOR
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTRESS
FAVORITE TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
American Horror Story
Behind the Candelabra
The White Queen
FAVORITE DAYTIME TV HOST(S)
Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan
Dr. Phil McGraw
FAVORITE NEW TALK SHOW HOST
FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST
FAVORITE STREAMING SERIES
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
House of Cards
Losing It with John Stamos
Orange Is the New Black
FAVORITE SERIES WE MISS MOST
FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY
The Crazy Ones
The Michael J. Fox Show
Super Fun Night
FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST
FAVORITE BREAKOUT ARTIST
FAVORITE POP ARTIST
FAVORITE COUNTRY ARTIST
The Band Perry
FAVORITE COUNTRY MUSIC ICON
FAVORITE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
FAVORITE R&B ARTIST
FAVORITE ALTERNATIVE BAND
Fall Out Boy
Mumford & Sons
The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
Based on a True Story…, Blake Shelton
Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke
To Be Loved, Michael Bublé
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games: Catching Fire photo: Lionsgate Pictures.