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 2013
January 1st, 2014 by SFFCC

As our members complete their Best of 2013 lists, they will be added here.

Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)

GRAVITY
HER
BEFORE MIDNIGHT
TO THE WONDER
LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE
UPSTREAM COLOR
NEBRASKA
DRUG WAR
COMPUTER CHESS
THE WORLD’S END

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Jeanne Aufmuth

12 YEARS A SLAVE
ALL IS LOST
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
HER
BLACKFISH
FROZEN
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
SAVING MR. BANKS
WADJDA
NEBRASKA

added 1/1/2013

Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews)

HER
12 YEARS A SLAVE
BEFORE MIDNIGHT
AT BERKELEY
FRANCES HA
THE ACT OF KILLING
A HIJACKING
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
IN THE HOUSE
ALL IS LOST

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Cheryl Eddy (SF Bay Guardian)

THE ACT OF KILLING
12 YEARS A SLAVE
GRAVITY
AMERICAN HUSTLE
UPSTREAM COLOR
MUSEUM HOURS
SPRING BREAKERS
FRANCES HA
COMPUTER CHESS
FRUITVALE STATION

added 1/1/2013

Peter Hartlaub (San Francisco Chronicle)

GRAVITY
12 YEARS A SLAVE
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
HER
PACIFIC RIM
NEBRASKA
FRUITVALE STATION
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
THE WORLD’S END
THE CONJURING

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Leba Hertz (San Francisco Chronicle)

12 YEARS A SLAVE
AMERICAN HUSTLE
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
THE CLOCK
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
DALLAS BUYER’S CLUB
42
PHILOMENA
AMERICAN JERUSALEM: JEWS AND THE MAKING OF SAN FRANCISCO
WHITE HOUSE DOWN

added 1/1/2013

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
AT ANY PRICE
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
AMERICAN HUSTLE
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
THE PAST
GRAVITY
BEFORE MIDNIGHT
THE EAST

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Jason LeRoy (The Binge)

HER
SHORT TERM 12
BLUE JASMINE
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
SPRING BREAKERS
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
NEBRASKA
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
ENOUGH SAID

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Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams)

12 YEARS A SLAVE
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
BEFORE MIDNIGHT
THE PAST
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
THE SPECTACULAR NOW
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
GRAVITY

added 1/1/2013

Michael Snyder (Marina Times)

AMERICAN HUSTLE
BIG SUR
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
BLUE JASMINE
EUROPA REPORT
FROZEN
FRUITVALE STATION
GRAVITY
NEBRASKA
PACIFIC RIM
PHILOMENA
SHORT TERM 12
THE GREAT BEAUTY
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
UPSTREAM COLOR
WHAT MAISIE KNEW

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Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

12 YEARS A SLAVE
BLUE JASMINE
CRYSTAL FAIRY
FRANCES HA
GRAVITY
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
KILL YOUR DARLINGS
NEBRASKA
SPRING BREAKERS
STOKER

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added 1/4/2013

Richard Von Busack (San Jose Metro)

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
GRAVITY
BEYOND THE HILLS
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
HER
THE GRANDMASTER
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
NEBRASKA
12 YEARS A SLAVE
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW

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