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.

 

OUR SPONSORS:

Variety – The Children’s Charity of the United States is an association of 23 chapters throughout the country that empower local kids who are disabled and disadvantaged to live, laugh and learn. With the help of dedicated volunteers and generous individual and corporate supporters, Variety – The Children’s Charity is able to expand the horizons of deserving children.

Wente Vineyards, in Livermore, is a certified sustainable winery that has been making wine since 1883 through five generations. Wente Family Estates is proud to have been selected as Wine Enthusiast’s “American Winery of the Year” for 2011. For more information, please visit www.wentevineyards.com or contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com.

2013 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 13th, 2013 by SFFCC

 

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named 12 YEARS A SLAVE the Best Picture of 2013, and its star Chiwetel Ejiofor as Best Actor for his performance as Solomon Northup, a free man pressed into captivity in 1850s America. Meeting at the Variety Club Preview Room on Market Street in San Francisco, the group of 31 Bay Area film critics discussed the merits of the year’s films and performances. In the end, a consensus was reached that Steve McQueen’s powerful account of Northup’s autobiography—also winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley—was the year’s most impressive cinematic achievement.

Nonetheless, GRAVITY collected the most awards—four in all—for its own stellar achievements. Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director honors, as well as sharing Best Film Editing with Mark Sanger. The visually stunning story of an astronaut’s survival in terrifying circumstances also won over the S.F. critics in the categories of Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and Best Production Design (Andy Nicholson).

Best Actress Cate Blanchett dazzled the San Francisco voters with her performance as the titular fallen socialite in Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE while Best Supporting acting awards went to Jennifer Lawrence as troubled, troublesome wife Rosalyn Rosenfeld in AMERICAN HUSTLE and James Franco as the wild man Alien in SPRING BREAKERS.

Among the other honorees: Best Documentary THE ACT OF KILLING, which creatively exposed the recent-history evil of Indonesian death-squad thugs, Best Foreign Language Picture BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, a French story of first love in a lesbian relationship, and Best Animated Feature FROZEN, Disney’s entertaining musical take on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.”

As per tradition, the group issued a Special Citation to celebrate an under-the-radar film, in this case Andrew Bujalski’s ‘80s throwback COMPUTER CHESS. The annual Marlon Riggs Award, honoring courage and innovation in the world of Bay Area film, this year is shared by Ryan Coogler, in honor of local story FRUITVALE STATION, and Christopher Statton for his inspiring work on behalf of the independent Roxie Theater.

Best Picture

AMERICAN HUSTLE
GRAVITY
NEBRASKA
WINNER – 12 YEARS A SLAVE
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Director

WINNER – Alfonso Cuaron, GRAVITY
Spike Jonze, HER
Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
David O. Russell, AMERICAN HUSTLE
Martin Scorsese, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Actor

Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
Leonardo DiCaprio, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
WINNERChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Matthew McConaughey, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Robert Redford, ALL IS LOST

Best Actress

WINNER – Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE
Sandra Bullock, GRAVITY
Judi Dench, PHILOMENA
Adele Exarchopolous, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12
Meryl Streep, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Michael Fassbender, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Harrison Ford, 42
Will Forte, NEBRASKA
WINNERJames Franco, SPRING BREAKERS
Jared Leto, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER – Jennifer Lawrence, AMERICAN HUSTLE
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Lea Seydoux, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION
June Squibb, NEBRASKA

Best Screenplay, Original

WINNER – AMERICAN HUSTLE, Eric Singer and David O. Russell
GRAVITY, Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron
HER, Spike Jonze
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Joel and Ethan Coen
NEBRASKA, Bob Nelson

Best Screenplay, Adapted

BEFORE MIDNIGHT, Richard Linklater; Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
PHILOMENA, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
THE SPECTACULAR NOW, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
WINNER – 12 YEARS A SLAVE, John Ridley
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Terence Winter

Best Cinematography

WINNER – GRAVITY, Emmanuel Lubezki
HER, Hoyte Van Hoytema
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Bruno Delbonnel
NEBRASKA, Phedon Papamichael
12 YEARS A SLAVE, Sean Bobbitt

Best Production Design

AMERICAN HUSTLE, Judy Becker
WINNER – GRAVITY, Andy Nicholson
HER, K. K. Barrett
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Jess Gonchor
12 YEARS A SLAVE, Adam Stockhausen

Best Editing

ALL IS LOST, Pete Beaudreau
AMERICAN HUSTLE, Alan Baumgarten; Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Christopher Rouse
WINNER – GRAVITY, Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger
12 YEARS A SLAVE, Joe Walker
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Thelma Schoonmaker

Best Animated Feature

THE CROODS
DESPICABLE ME
WINNER – FROZEN
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
THE WIND RISES

Best Foreign Language Picture

WINNER – BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
A HIJACKING
THE HUNT
THE PAST
WADJDA

Best Documentary

WINNER – THE ACT OF KILLING
THE ARMSTRONG LIE
BLACKFISH
STORIES WE TELL
TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

(6 nominations in a category indicates a tie)

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Ryan Coogler for putting a human face to murder victim Oscar Grant in FRUITVALE STATION and to former Roxie Theater executive director Christopher Statton for putting the Roxie onto more solid ground by transforming it into a nonprofit enterprise.

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
COMPUTER CHESS, Andrew Bujalski’s comedy merges documentary techniques and old video technologies to make light of the ’80s race to build a winning computer-chess program.

 

OUR SPONSORS:

Variety – The Children’s Charity of the United States is an association of 23 chapters throughout the country that empower local kids who are disabled and disadvantaged to live, laugh and learn. With the help of dedicated volunteers and generous individual and corporate supporters, Variety – The Children’s Charity is able to expand the horizons of deserving children.

Wente Vineyards, in Livermore, is a certified sustainable winery that has been making wine since 1883 through five generations. Wente Family Estates is proud to have been selected as Wine Enthusiast’s “American Winery of the Year” for 2011. For more information, please visit www.wentevineyards.com or contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com.

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