The winners of the NYFCC awards have just been announced, with some expected results and some massive shocks. Can this shake up the Oscars race? There are still a lot of award shows to get through before the Oscars but, with Golden Globes and SAG nominations being revealed next week, awards season is really hotting up. These are my reactions to the announcement:
Best Picture: Boyhood- I 100% agree with this, Boyhood is by far the best film of the year and I’m really happy it won. Hopefully the NYFCC curse won’t affect it’s chances of picking up Best Picture at the Oscars, but I’m really pleased.
Best Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)- completely deserved. Linklater’s dedictation to his work is second-to-none. This should be his in the bag in this category at the major awards.
Best Actor: Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)- I’m really gutted, Spall really didn’t deserve to win here. I like Tim Spall, but he just wasn’t good enough in Mr. Turner, especially considering the competition. Keaton, Redmayne, Cumberbatch, Carell and Oyelowo should all feel robbed.
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (Two Days One Night, The Immigrant)- This was a real shock, but not undeserved. Cotillard is an incredible talent and proved it in these two films. I’m glad she won here as she’ll get little to no love elsewhere as Julianne Moore will dominate this category.
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)- Simmons cements his place as the one to beat and winning here proves that he is going to take awards season by storm. It’s really nice to see a talented character actor like him taking the limelight.
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)- As expected and thoroughly deserved. Her performance is touching, funny and full of heart. I hope she sweeps the board in this category.
Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel- Hats off to anyone who predicted this. That said, The Grand Budapest Hotel is terrifically written and a lot funnier than the other films in contention. Expect a Best Original Screenplay nod at the Oscars.
Best First Feature: The Babadook- I was expecting Nightcrawler to win here, but it’s still a decent pick.
Best Cinematography: The Immigrant- Birdman and Mr. Turner would have been better picks, but it’s a decent shout that shows their is originality in awards season.
Selma, Birdman, The Imitation Game, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl and The Theory of Everything should be felt hard done to be snubbed, but Boyhood deserves it’s awards- they’re massively deserved for this monumental achievement.