SAG Awards Winners

So the Screen Actors Guild hosted its annual awards and there are no surprises. Oscar night’s looking to be quite boring in the acting categories.

The winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Birdman

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Julianne Moore – Still Alice 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 

Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

William H. Macy – Shameless

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series 

Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black

Academy Awards Nominations

And here we are, the big daddy of the awards season. I may have some thoughts at a later stage but for now, here are the nominations:

Best picture
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best director
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Best actor
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Best actress
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Best supporting actor
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
JK Simmons – Whiplash

Best supporting actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Best original screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr and Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
E Max Frye and Dan Futterman – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler

Best adapted screenplay
Jason Hall – American Sniper
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Best foreign film
Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

Best documentary
CitizenFour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

Best animation
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best original song
Everything Is Awesome – The Lego Movie
Glory – Selma
Grateful – Beyond the Lights
I’m Not Going to Miss You – Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me
Lost Stars – Begin Again

Best documentary short
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Best cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
Robert Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski – Ida
Dick Pope – Mr Turner
Roger Deakins – Unbroken

Best editing
Joel Cox and Gary D Roach – American Sniper
Sandra Adair – Boyhood
Barney Pilling – The Grand Budapest Hotel
William Goldenberg – The Imitation Game
Tom Cross – Whiplash

Best sound editing
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – American Sniper
Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock – Birdman
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Richard King – Interstellar
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro – Unbroken

Best sound mixing
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin – American Sniper
Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño and Thomas Varga – Birdman
Gary A Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten – Interstellar
Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño and David Lee – Unbroken
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley – Whiplash

Best makeup and hair
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard – Foxcatcher
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White – Guardians of the Galaxy

Best original score
Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Gary Yershon – Mr Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything

Best production design
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald – The Imitation Game
Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis – Interstellar
Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock – Into the Woods
Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts – Mr Turner

Best visual effects
Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould – Guardians of the Galaxy
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher – Interstellar
Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer – X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best costume design
Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mark Bridges – Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood – Into the Woods
Anna B Sheppard and Jane Clive – Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran – Mr Turner

Best animated short film
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best short
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh
The Phone Call

The Razzies Nominations

I love the Razzies. You might think they’re mean spirited (on occasion, they have) but in general I think they’re a message to Hollywood to do better. You’ll notice a lot of high profilers being nominated when they’ve been less than extraordinary. Of course, there are also the regulars, who shall remain anonymous!

I like that this year they’ve introduced the Redeemer award which goes to someone previously terrible who’s done something great.

So without further ado, here are the nominations for this year:

Worst Picture

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Left Behind
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Worst Actor

Kirk Cameron – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Nicolas Cage – Left Behind
Kellan Lutz – The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane – A Million Ways to Die in the West
Adam Sandler – Blended

Worst Supporting Actor

Mel Gibson – The Expendables 3
Kelsey Grammer – The Expendables 3, Legends of Oz, Think Like a Man Too, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Shaquille O’Neal – Blended
Arnold Schwarzenegger – The Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland – Pompeii

Worst Actress

Drew Barrymore – Blended
Cameron Diaz – The Other Woman and Sex Tape
Melissa McCarthy – Tammy
Charlize Theron – A Million Ways to Die in the West
Gaia Weiss – The Legend of Hercules

Worst Supporting Actress

Cameron Diaz – Annie
Megan Fox – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nicola Peltz – Transformers: Age of Extinction
Susan Sarandon – Tammy
Brigitte Ridenour (nee Cameron) – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

Worst Director

Michael Bay – Transformers: Age of Extinction
Darren Doane – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Renny Harlin – The Legend of Hercules
Jonathan Liebesman – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Seth MacFarlane – A Million Ways to Die in the West

Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel

Annie
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Worst Screen Combo

Any Two Robots, Actors (Robotic Actors) – Transformers: Age of Extinction
Kirk Cameron and His Ego – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel – Sex Tape
Kellan Lutz and Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes – The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron – A Million Ways to Die in the West

Worst Screenplay

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Left Behind
Sex Tape
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Redeemer Award

Ben Affleck – from Gigli to Argo and Gone Girl
Jennifer Aniston – from four-time Razzie nominee to Cake
Mike Myers – from The Love Guru to directing Supermensch
Keanu Reeves – from six-time Razzie nominee to John Wick
Kristen Stewart – from six-time Razzie winner for Twilight to Camp X-Ray

2014 In Numbers

Happy 2015!

Now that we’re all done with the festivities, it’s business as usual here.

So how to summarise my 2014? Here are some numbers, thanks to my Letterboxd account:

I watched 652 movies, 71 of which were short films. An average of 54 movies per month.

Lists! I love a good list so here’s my progress on some of those:

  • 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die – (1154 movies in the full list) – 600 (52%)
  • Every Film Ever Nominated For An Academy Award In Any Category – (4585 movies in the list) – 1012 (22%)
  • The Oxford History Of Movie History – (5038 movies in the list) – 603 (12%)