Golden Globes: 5 Nominations for ‘THE IMITATION GAME’ and one for ‘A MOST VIOLENT YEAR’

Fox Searchlight’s Birdman is flying high with seven nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globes, followed by five apiece for Boyhood and THE IMITATION GAME.

Thursday’s nominations also give a leg-up to the Martin Luther King drama Selma and box office smash Gone Girl, with four apiece, while Tim Burton’s Big Eyes scored ...more

Fox Searchlight’s Birdman is flying high with seven nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globes, followed by five apiece for Boyhood and THE IMITATION GAME.

Thursday’s nominations also give a leg-up to the Martin Luther King drama Selma and box office smash Gone Girl, with four apiece, while Tim Burton’s Big Eyes scored three noms. Also boosted in this year’s race are best acting nominees Jennifer Aniston (Cake) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), on the back of their Wednesday SAG Award nominations.

The 2015 Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will take place Jan. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 

But all is not lost for films that were shut out or underperformed at this year’s Globes. As an Oscar omen, the HFPA prizes, which are determined by the Foreign Press, have an erratic record: Golden Globes and Academy Award best-picture winners have matched in only four of the last 10 years. 

Best Motion Picture
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
THE IMITATION GAME
Selma
The Theory of Everything

Best Actor – Drama
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – THE IMITATION GAME
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything 

Best Actress – Drama
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Best Actress – Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

Best Actor – Comedy or Musical
Ralph Fiennes – Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

Best Director
Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Ava DuVernay – Selma
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Best Supporting Actress 
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
Keira Knightley – THE IMITATION GAME
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat – THE IMITATION GAME
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar 

 

 Read full article and full list of nominations here.

11. December 2014

National Board Of Review Stuns Awards Season With ‘A Most Violent Year’ Selection

Just as awards season began focusing in on Boyhood and Birdman, the National Board of Review tossed a monkey wrench into the mix: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. J.C. Chandor's forthcoming drama won Best Film from the NBR on Tuesday, while co-stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica ...more

Just as awards season began focusing in on Boyhood and Birdman, the National Board of Review tossed a monkey wrench into the mix: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. J.C. Chandor’s forthcoming drama won Best Film from the NBR on Tuesday, while co-stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain also took home acting awards: Isaac tied with Birdman star Michael Keaton for Best Actor, Chastain won Best Supporting Actress. Other winners included Clint Eastwood (Best Director for American Sniper), Julianne Moore (Best Actress for Still Alice) and Edward Norton (Best Supporting Actor for Birdman). Movies on the NBR list of top films (not including A MOST VIOLENT YEAR) are: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Fury, Gone Girl, THE IMITATION GAME, Inherent Vice, The LEGO Movie, Nightcrawler and Unbroken. Popular Best Picture contender Selma was not chosen for major honors, but did receive the NBR Freedom of Expression Award along with Jon Stewart’s Rosewater.

Last year, The National Board of Review made waves when it chose Her as Best Film. It would go on to score a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards, but few other NBR winners were afforded a similar fate: Emma Thompson (who won Best Actress), Will Forte (who won Best Supporting Actor) and Octavia Spencer (who won Best Supporting Actress) all fell short of nominations at the Oscars.

The full list of NBR winners is below.

Best Film: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
Best Director: Clint Eastwood, American Sniper
Best Actor (TIE): Oscar Isaac, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR; Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton, Birdman
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Top Films

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Fury
Gone Girl
THE IMITATION GAME
Inherent Vice
The LEGO Movie
Nightcrawler
Unbroken

 Full list of NBR winners and top Oscar Contenders can be found here.

‘Imitation Game’ Scores Huge Debut Thanks to Oscar Buzz, Benedict Cumberbatch

By mimicking the release strategy of The King’s Speech and The Artist, THE IMITATION GAME is poised to become one of the year’s few indie success stories.

The best picture contender is receiving the full Harvey Weinstein treatment, with the Weinstein Company chief clearly viewing the ...more

By mimicking the release strategy of The King’s Speech and The ArtistTHE IMITATION GAME is poised to become one of the year’s few indie success stories.

The best picture contender is receiving the full Harvey Weinstein treatment, with the Weinstein Company chief clearly viewing the biopic about Alan Turing’s code-breaking prowess as his ticket to the Oscars this time around.

All that care paid off during Thanksgiving weekend, as THE IMITATION GAME picked up the year’s second-highest per-screen average, behind only that of “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

“We’ll follow the pattern laid out with The King’s Speech, The Artist and pictures like that and move slowly and deliberately,” said Erik Lomis, distribution chief for the Weinstein Company.

The film earned $482,000 in just four New York and Los Angeles theaters for a per-screen average of $120,518. That’s actually better than the $72,590 that The Artist averaged and the $88,863 that The King’s Speech averaged when they debuted on the same number of screens.

“Few distributors are better at nurturing Oscar contenders than the Weinstein Company,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “They’re masters at starting slow and making sure they build momentum.”

Of course, films including The Master also put up big per-screen averages at first only to be met with indifference when they expanded beyond urban areas. It’s a strategy that can backfire.

With THE IMITATION GAME, there will be time available to let word of mouth intensify. The slow but steady expansion will see “The Imitation Game” add six markets and between 25 and 30 theaters on Dec. 12. It will go nationwide in between 600 and 800 theaters on Christmas Day.

THE IMITATION GAME has benefited from glossy magazine spreads in New York and the New York Times Magazine, as well as a cover story in Time tied to its “genius issue.”

The presence of Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of the BBC’s Sherlock who has bloomed into an unlikely sex symbol, has also helped broaden the film’s appeal. The English actor hasn’t had a bigscreen hit to call his own after last year’s Julian Assange examination, The Fifth Estate, crumbled at multiplexes, but he’s got an avid fanbase of women and gay men, who may find Cumberbatch’s latest prickly genius more to their liking.

“Benedict brings a lot to the table,” said Lomis. “This isn’t just a movie that plays old. I’m not saying it plays young, but it plays younger, and that will increase as word of mouth builds.”

Twelve percent of  THE IMITATION GAME‘s opening crowd was under 25 years old, 32% was between 25 and 44 and 56% was 45 and up. It was a group that was 52% female and highly educated, with 84% boasting a college diploma.

Its success is notable, because with the exceptions of BoyhoodBirdmanSt. Vincent and Grand Budapest Hotel, the year has lacked arthouse hits. The change of seasons could help.

“This is the time of year when adults want to see Oscar contenders, and this movie has got plenty of buzz,” said Contrino.

Turing’s role in breaking the Nazis’ Enigma code and seminal contributions to computer science are helping the film draw in gadget lovers and Silicon Valley types. The tragic end of his life, which saw him endure a court-ordered chemical castration after he was arrested for homosexual acts, has made him a gay rights martyr — a status that brings in a different audience.

“This is a picture that appeals on many levels,” said Lomis. “It brings in older, sophisticated audiences, and because of the nature of the film, it appeals to tech heads and gay audiences. It has a lot going for it.”

02. December 2014