International Online Film Critics’ Poll announces nominees for 4th biannual awards

January 14, 2015

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The International Online Film Critics’ Poll has announced its nominations for its 2013/14 survey. I was honored to have been asked to participate for this fourth edition of this poll (see previous surveys here). I know at least one other local film critic asked to participate (Reuben Peira at Film Frontier). We were asked to provide five nominees for each category below. The organizer, George McCoy, informed me there are well over a hundred critics who participated. Eligible films had to be released in the U.S. in the years 2013 and 2014. I went out on many a limb with personal favorites (see my nomination ballot below the press release below). But hardly any of those long shots made it to the final ballot.

What I see in the list below is a lot of preciousness for the auteur. That terrible film by Martin Scorsese (‘Wolf of Wall Street’ is one nasty, vulgar film about nasty, vulgar people– for 3 hours!) has several nominations. Even Polanski makes an appearance for a film that really did not make as much as an impact as The Ghost Writer (2010). On the other hand, there’s Wes Anderson who did not disappoint last year (‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ may be cartoonish, but it’s also one of Wes Anderson’s most human films), and Alejandro González Iñárritu made a strong return with Birdman (‘Birdman’ lampoons Hollywood with humorous, hyper-real, hero-hating satire). But beyond those were clear Oscar winners or contenders like Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave and Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (‘Boyhood’ is Linklater’s masterpiece on youth, existence and humanity).

There are some surprises like Mads Mikkelsen for The Hunt (The Hunt’ examines influence of the crime on judgement) and The Great Beauty, which was one of he great surprises (‘The Great Beauty’ earns it’s title by looking beyond the superficial). There are some films I need to catch up on. Cavalry is up for screenplay, and Julianne Moore is the running for best actress in Still Alice. I may give Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Venus In Furs a chance, too.

The winners are scheduled to be announced January 25. Here are all the nominees:

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PRESS RELEASE – IOFCP NOMINATIONS

The International Online Film Critics’ Poll is proud to announce its nominations for the 4th biannual awards for excellence in film.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman leads with nine nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Then, with eight nominations, Wes Anderson’s comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, and with seven nominations, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Among the films of 2013 with most nominations there are Gravity (five), 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street (both four, including Best Picture).

Founded in 2007, the IOFCP is the only biannual poll of film critics from all around the world. The awards are biannual to allow the comparison of different film seasons.

Past IOFCP Awards winners include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Inglourious Basterds and Slumdog Millionaire.

BEST PICTURE
12 Years a Slave
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Paolo Sorrentino – The Great Beauty
Roman Polanski – Venus in Fur

BEST ACTOR
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mads Mikkelsen – The Hunt
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Colour
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Edward Norton – Birdman
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Emma Stone – Birdman
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
June Squibb – Nebraska

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
12 Years a Slave
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

BEST ORIGINAL SCEENPLAY
Birdman
Boyhood
Calvary
Her
The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ADAPTED SCEENPLAY
12 Years a Slave
Gone Girl
Snowpiercer
The Imitation Game
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman
Gravity
Ida
Nebraska
The Great Beauty

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Gravity
Her
Mr. Turner
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

BEST EDITING
Birdman
Boyhood
Gravity
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Gravity
Her
Interstellar
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Interstellar
Gravity
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Now, below you will find my nominations. Again, many long shots, but it’s more fun that way, and I do not feel as though I have sold out some genuine favorites that I might have naively believed had a chance of appearing on the list. After all, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy did win the last edition.

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Best Picture
Something in the Air (Après mai)
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Only Lovers Left Alive
Inherent Vice
Best Director
Olivier Assayas – Something in the Air (Après mai)
Noah Baumbach – Frances Ha
Abdellatif Kechiche – Blue Is the Warmest Color 
Jim Jarmusch – Only Lovers Left Alive
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne – Two Days, One Night  (Deux jours, une nuit)
Best Actor
Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Ralph Fiennes – Grand Budapest Hotel
Jason Schwartzman – Listen Up Philip
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Best Actress
Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color 
Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night  (Deux jours, une nuit)
Felicity Jones – Theory of Everything
Scarlett Joahansen – Under the Skin
Best Supporting Actor
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave
Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek Into Darkness
Edward Norton – Birdman
Jonathan Pryce – Listen Up Philip
Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
June Squibb – Nebraska
Mia Wasikowska – Only Lovers Left Alive
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Emma Stone – Birdman
Best Ensemble Cast
Inside Llewyn Davis
Something in the Air (Après mai)
Inherent Vice
Birdman
Only Lovers Left Alive
Best Original Screenplay
Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha
Spike Jonez – Her
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jim Jarmusch – Only Lovers Left Alive
Alex Ross Perry – Listen Up Philip
Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years A Slave – John Ridley
The Butler – Danny Strong
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything
Best Cinematography
Inside Llewyn Davis
Blue is the Warmest Color
Under the Skin
Goodbye To Language 3D
Only Lovers Left Alive
Best Production Design
Her
Something in the Air (Après mai)
Under the Skin
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Only Lovers Left Alive
Best Editing
Gravity
Birdman
Under the Skin
Grand Budapest Hotel
Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Original Score
Something in the Air (Après mai) – various
Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch and Jozef van Wissem
Under the Skin – Mica Levi
Inherent Vice – Jonny Greenwood
Birdman – Antonio Sanchez
Best Visual Effects
Fury
Grand Budapest Hotel
Only Lovers Left Alive
Under the Skin
Goodbye To Language 3D

Click though the link before after January 25 to find who won this biennial poll :

Internationalonlinefilmcritics/home

Hans Morgenstern

(Copyright 2015 by Hans Morgenstern. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)

2 Responses to “International Online Film Critics’ Poll announces nominees for 4th biannual awards”


  1. Like you perhaps, I hoped we had heard the last of the detestable “Wolf of Wall Street” but a biennial poll cuts both ways. Enjoyed your choices and was reminded of a couple of films I still need to check out.

    • Hans Says:

      Thanks, Rick. I’m glad the comment section of my Wolf of Wall Street review has become a bit of a sanctuary for those offended by the film. I believe at least some (but too many) of the critics who favor the film are a blinded by the name Scorsese.

      Do report back when catch up with any of those films!


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