2014 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 14th, 2014 by SFFCC

 

Richard Linklater’s twelve-years-in-the-making BOYHOOD grew on The San Francisco Film Critics Circle this year. Meeting at the Variety Club Preview Room on Market Street in San Francisco, the group of 35 Bay Area film critics discussed the merits of the year’s films and performances. In the end, a consensus was reached that BOYHOOD was the Best Picture of 2014, and Richard Linklater the Best Director. Patricia Arquette, as BOYHOOD’s enduring mother, earned Best Supporting Actress honors, and Sandra Adair took the Best Editing prize for crafting the narrative’s years-long progression.

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s screwball existentialist picture BIRDMAN also took wing, in the categories of Best Actor (Michael Keaton, regarding himself in a funhouse mirror as a manically put-upon former superstar), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton as Keaton’s foil, an egomaniacal thespian), and Best Original Screenplay (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu; Nicolas Giacobone; Alexander Dinelaris; and Armanso Bo).

Best Actress went to Julianne Moore for limning the mental, physical, and psychic toll of early-onset Alzheimer’s in STILL ALICE, while Paul Thomas Anderson – as the first to bring novelist Thomas Pynchon to the screen — scored the Best Adapted Screenplay honor for INHERENT VICE. The group also gave laurels to Best Documentary CITIZENFOUR, Best Foreign Language Picture IDA (Poland), and Best Animated Picture THE LEGO MOVIE.

The SFFC also honored IDA’s Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zalfor for Best Cinematography, and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL’s Adam Stockhausen for Best Production Design, while singling out Charlie McDowell’s indie head-trip THE ONE I LOVE for a Special Citation. The group’s Marlon Riggs Award for courage and innovation in the Bay Area film community went to Joel Shepard, programmer of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Best Picture

BIRDMAN
WINNER – BOYHOOD
THE IMITATION GAME
UNDER THE SKIN
WHIPLASH

Best Director

Wes Anderson, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Jonathan Glazer, UNDER THE SKIN
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, BIRDMAN
Mike Leigh, MR. TURNER
WINNER – Richard Linklater, BOYHOOD

Best Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch, THE IMITATION GAME
Jake Gyllenhaal, NIGHTCRAWLER
WINNER – Michael Keaton, BIRDMAN
Eddie Redmayne, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Timothy Spall, MR. TURNER

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
Essie Davis, THE BABADOOK
Scarlett Johansson, UNDER THE SKIN
WINNER – Julianne Moore, STILL ALICE
Reese Witherspoon, WILD

Best Supporting Actor

Ethan Hawke, BOYHOOD
Gene Jones, THE SACRAMENT
WINNER – Edward Norton, BIRDMAN
Mark Ruffalo, FOXCATCHER
J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER – Patricia Arquette, BOYHOOD
Jessica Chastain, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
Agata Kulesza, IDA
Emma Stone, BIRDMAN
Tilda Swinton, SNOWPIERCER

Best Screenplay, Original

WINNER – BIRDMAN, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu; Nicolas Giacobone; Alexander Dinelaris; Armanso Bo
BOYHOOD, Richard Linklater
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Wes Anderson; Hugo Guinness
MR. TURNER, Mike Leigh
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, J.C. Chandor
WHIPLASH, Damien Chazelle

Best Screenplay, Adapted

GONE GIRL, Gillian Flynn
THE IMITATION GAME, Graham Moore
WINNER - INHERENT VICE, Paul Thomas Anderson
SNOWPIERCER, Joon-ho Bong; Kelly Masterson
WILD, Nick Hornby

Best Cinematography

BIRDMAN, Emmanuel Lubezki
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Robert D. Yeoman
WINNER – IDA, Lukasz Zal; Ryszard Lenczewski 
MR. TURNER, Dick Pope
UNDER THE SKIN, Daniel Landin

Best Production Design

BIRDMAN, Kevin Thompson
WINNER – THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Adam Stockhausen
INHERENT VICE, David Crank
MR. TURNER, Suzie Davies
SNOWPIERCER, Ondrej Nekvasil

Best Editing

WINNER – BOYHOOD, Sandra Adair
BIRDMAN, Douglas Crise; Stephen Mirrione
INHERENT VICE, Leslie Jones
UNDER THE SKIN, Paul Watts
WHIPLASH, Tom Cross

Best Animated Feature

BIG HERO 6
THE BOXTROLLS
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
WINNER – THE LEGO MOVIE
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA

Best Foreign Language Picture

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
FORCE MAJEURE
WINNER – IDA
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
WILD TALES

Best Documentary

WINNER – CITIZENFOUR
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE
LIFE ITSELF
THE OVERNIGHTERS

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Joel Shepard Longtime Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Film & Video curator Joel Shepard’s idiosyncratic and innovative programming has embraced everything from experimental and exploitation showcases to burgeoning national film cultures, such as the annual New Filipino Cinema festival.

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
THE ONE I LOVE Charlie McDowell’s relationship opus cracks open the intricacies of a crumbling union in the most effective way imaginable: by turning it into a mind-bending Twilight Zone episode.

 

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SFFCC Members’ Best of 2014
December 30th, 2014 by SFFCC

As our members complete their Best of 2014 lists, they will be added here.

Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)

BOYHOOD
BIRDMAN
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
IDA
THE LEGO MOVIE
SNOWPIERCER
UNDER THE SKIN
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE
THE SKELETON TWINS
GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3-D

added 1/1/2015

Daniel Barnes (Sacramento News & Review)

UNDER THE SKIN
INHERENT VICE
LISTEN UP PHILIP
BOYHOOD
MR. TURNER
STRANGER BY THE LAKE
WE ARE THE BEST!
SNOWPIERCER
VISITORS
THE OVERNIGHTERS

added 12/30/14

Bernard Boo (waytooindie.com)

UNDER THE SKIN
WHIPLASH
BOYHOOD
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
MR. TURNER
BIRDMAN
TIM’S VERMEER
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

added 1/13/2015

Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews)

BOYHOOD
NATIONAL GALLERY
LEVIATHAN
UNDER THE SKIN
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
MR. TURNER
STRANGER BY THE LAKE
CITIZENFOUR
INHERENT VICE
SNOWPIERCER

added 1/1/2015

Michael Fox (J)

IDA
LE-WEEKEND
LOVE IS STRANGE
BOYHOOD
CALVARY
CHELSEA GIRLS
LISTEN UP PHILIP
THE OVERNIGHTERS
SELMA
MR. TURNER

added 1/13/2015

Michael Guillen (The Evening Class)

THE AUCTION
BIRDMAN
BOYHOOD
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
EASTERN BOYS
LEVIATHAN
NORTE: THE END OF HISTORY
SELMA
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
WHITE SHADOW

added 1/1/2015

Peter Hartlaub (SF Chronicle)

BOYHOOD
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
SNOWPIERCER
WHIPLASH
BIRDMAN
THE LEGO MOVIE
SELMA
THE BABADOOK
RAID 2: BERANDAL
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

added 1/13/2015

Leba Hertz (San Francisco Chronicle)

BOYHOOD
BIRDMAN
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
IMITATION GAME
THEORY OF EVERYTHING
THE LEGO MOVIE
DIPLOMACY
SELMA
LAST WEEKEND
DRAFT DAY

added 1/13/2015

Anita Katz (SF Examiner)

CITIZENFOUR
BIRDMAN
MR. TURNER
IDA
LEVIATHAN
BOYHOOD
CALVARY
LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM
LOCKE
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

added 1/1/2015

Jonathan Kiefer (SF Weekly)

BLUE RUIN
BOYHOOD
CALVARY
FORCE MAJEURE
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
HAPPY CHRISTMAS
LAND HO!
LISTEN UP PHILIP
NIGHT MOVES
UNDER THE SKIN

added 1/1/2015

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

BOYHOOD
BIRDMAN
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
THIRD PERSON
CALVARY
FURY
CHEF
BIG EYES
THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR
ROB THE MOB

added 1/1/2015

Carla Meyer (Sacramento Bee)

BOYHOOD
BIRDMAN
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
THE BABADOOK
GONE GIRL
UNDER THE SKIN
NIGHTCRAWLER
THE DROP
LIFE ITSELF
WILD

added 1/1/2015

Omar P.L. Moore (The Popcorn Reel)

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
IDA
UNDER THE SKIN
BOYHOOD
SELMA
BIRDMAN
CITIZENFOUR
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
CALVARY
THE LEGO MOVIE

added 1/1/2015

Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams)

BOYHOOD
LEVIATHAN
UNDER THE SKIN
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE
MR. TURNER
THE ONE I LOVE
SNOWPIERCER
STRANGER BY THE LAKE
HAPPY VALLEY
WILD

added 1/1/2015

Michael Snyder (Marina Times)

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
BIG EYES
BIG HERO 6
BIRDMAN
BOYHOOD
CITIZENFOUR
CONVERGENCE
FOXCATCHER
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
MOMMY
NIGHTCRAWLER
SELMA
THE IMITATION GAME
THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY
WHIPLASH

added 1/1/2015

Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

CALVARY
IDA
GONE GIRL
NIGHTCRAWLER
THE HOMESMAN
BIRDMAN
BOYHOOD
VIOLETTE
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
BLUE RUIN

added 1/1/2015

Richard Von Busack (San Jose Metro)

BIRDMAN
BIG EYES
MR. TURNER
FURY
INHERENT VICE
VIOLETTE
THE OVERNIGHTERS
THE SKELETON TWINS
IDA
WILD/TRACKS (tied)

added 1/13/2015

Jan Wahl (KCBS 740 AM)

THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN
STILL ALICE
IDA
MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN
ST. VINCENT
BIRDMAN
SELMA
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
PRIDE
THE IMITATION GAME

added 1/13/2015

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