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188094156Who cares about the OSCARS– right now. The 72nd annual GOLDEN GLOBE nominations were just announced, and regional groups like the BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS have been weighing in all week. They will all have a major influence on which way the wind blows at Oscar time.

So listen up fans, cinephiles and Oscar-ites: THE GLOBES and the BOSTON FILM CRITICS concur: BIRDMAN and BOYHOOD are the faves!

Boston film critics voted this week over pizza and a few fist fights (not really–this is a very esteemed and civilized group) and two films dominated our 2014 awards: BOYHOOD and BIRDMAN. They tied with five awards each, including a tie in one category, SCREENPLAY!  Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking undertaking which involved directing the same cast over twelve years– BOYHOOD– scored BEST PICTURE and BEST DIRECTOR, while BIRDMAN (the first great film of the Fall) took some big acting categories– ACTOR for Michael Keaton and SUPPORTING ACTRESS for Emma Stone, plus the extraordinary Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography for the tracking shot that never ended.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES  (which divide their movie nominations into two categories–drama and comedy/musical) have just nominated BIRDMAN in the comedy/musical category seven times including Michael Keaton as Best actor and Ed Norton and best supporting actor. BOYHOOD tied at five nominations in the drama category along with THE IMITATION GAME starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the British physicist who broke the Nazi’s enigma code in WWII.

Here’s the breakdown of both sets of awards/nominations:

GOLDEN GLOBES nominations   Full list of nominations

THE BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS:

Best Picture  – Boyhood

Best Actor – Michael Keaton for Birdman

Best Actress – Marion Cotillard for The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night

Best Supporting Actor –  J. K. Simmons for Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress –  Emma Stone for Birdman

Best Director – Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Best Screenplay –  (tie) Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo for Birdman & Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman

Best Documentary – Citizenfour

Best Foreign-Language Film  (awarded in memory of Jay Carr) –  Two Days, One Night

Best Animated Film – The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer) – Sandra Adair for Boyhood

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy) –  Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler

Best Ensemble Cast –  Boyhood

Best Use of Music in a Film – Inherent Vice

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