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2014 FFCC Award Winners

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December 19, 2014: After a nomination phase which saw Birdman lead the way with eight nominations, the final votes are in for the 2014 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, and in a surprise turn, The Grand Budapest Hotel walked away with the most trophies. Including Best Original Screenplay, the Wes Anderson film also won for Best Ensemble and Best Art Direction/Production Design while Alejandro González Iñárritu’s showbiz satire walked away with the top honors of Best Picture and Best Actor (for the sensational Michael Keaton). Also making a strong showing was Richard Linklater’s 12 years in the making Boyhood. It took home accolades for Best Director as well as Best Supporting Actress (for Patricia Arquette’s amazing performance).

Other multiple award winners included Gone Girl (for Best Actress Rosamund Pike and Gillian Flynn’s Adapted Screenplay) , Interstellar (which earned nods for its Visual Effects and Cinematography), and, in a surprise considering its indie status, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash (which earned praise for Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons and the director himself, as the FFCC’s Breakthrough Artist). In other categories, the Roger Ebert overview Life Itself took home top honors, while the kinetic Indonesian action epic The Raid 2 won Best Foreign Film. The Lego Movie continued to prove “awesome,” edging out the competition for Best Animated Film, while Jonathan Glazer’s hypnotic Under the Skin earned the Best Score award.

This year, the Florida Film Critics Circle bestowed its annual Golden Orange Award on Miami’s Borscht Corp. and its Borscht Film Festival. Borscht Corp. is an organization composed of tireless champions of independent filmmaking. Fresh and vital, they are a non-profit that affords filmmakers a place to work outside of the box and produce work that has garnered international attention. As their profile grows so does original, local film production’s profile. Since 2005, Borscht has been about creativity and a devout allegiance to the film scene in South Florida. They have been shining ambassadors for the region and are showing no signs of slowing down.

Congratulations to all this year’s winners.

 

Complete list of winners:

 

Best Picture:

Birdman

Runner-up: Boyhood

 

Best Director:

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Runner-up: Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman

 

Best Actress:

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Runner-up: Julianne Moore – Still Alice

 

Best Actor:

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Runner-up: Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

 

Best Supporting Actor:

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Runner-up: Edward Norton – Birdman

 

Best Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Runner-up: Emma Stone – Birdman

 

Best Ensemble:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Runner-up: Boyhood

 

Best Original Screenplay:

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)

Runner-up: Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo)

 

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)

Runner-up: Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)

 

Best Cinematography:

Interstellar (Hoyte Van Hoytema)

Runner-up: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Robert D. Yeoman)

 

Best Visual Effects:

Interstellar

Runner-up: Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Best Art Direction/Production Design:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Runner-up: Interstellar

 

Best Score:

Under the Skin (Micah Levi, aka Micachu)

Runner-up: Gone Girl (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)

 

Best Documentary:

Life Itself

Runner-up: Citizenfour

 

Best Foreign-Language Film:

The Raid 2

Runner-up: Force Majeure

 

Best Animated Film:

The Lego Movie

Runner-up: How to Train Your Dragon 2

 

Pauline Kael Breakout Award:

Damien Chazelle (writer/director: Whiplash)

Runner-up: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (actress: Belle, Beyond the Lights)

 

Golden Orange:

The Borscht Corp.

The Golden Orange Award, given for outstanding contribution to film in Florida, is awarded to the Borscht Corp. for their tireless championing of independent filmmaking. Fresh and vital, they are a non-profit group that affords filmmakers a place to work outside of the box and produce work that has garnered international attention. As their profile grows so does original, local film production’s profile. Since 2005, Borscht has been about creativity and a devout allegiance to the film scene in South Florida. They have been shining ambassadors for the region and are showing no signs of slowing down.

 

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