Oscars news: ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ each reap 6 Online Film Critics Society Awards nominations

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The Online Film Critics Society has more than 250 members worldwide. Last year, its kudos previewed seven of the top eight Oscar categories, missing just Best Actor by going with Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”). This year, “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” lead with six bids each and both are among the 10 films up for Best Picture. OFCS

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A must-read piece by Steve Pond starts thus: “On the eve of the Hollywood guild nominations, there are more possible outcomes to the awards race than there have been in years. With one day to go before the Screen Actors Guild nominations, two days before the Golden Globe nominations and a month before Academy Awards voters chime in, this ought to be a time when the Oscar race is coming into focus. Instead, it’s a time when the race remains unsettled, a little confusing, maybe exhausting and quite entertaining.” The Wrap

Jen Yamato reports on the African-American Film Critics Association Awards. “Ava DuVernay and her Martin Luther King Jr drama ‘Selma‘ took home top honors: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (David Oyelowo) and Best Song to the Paramount Oscar contender. Gugu Mbatha-Raw won Best Actress for period drama ‘Belle,’ and Octavia Spencer nabbed Best Supporting Actress for ‘Black Or White,’ while a surprise tie in the Best Supporting Actor category went to J.K. Simmons for ‘Whiplash‘ and Tyler Perry for his turn in David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl.'” Deadline

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Rebecca Ford chronicles the remarkable journey of “Whiplash” writer/director Damien Chazelle: “In the winter of 2013, just a few days after turning 28, Chazelle slogged through the snow in Park City for his first visit to the Sundance Film Festival. He brought his 18-minute movie about a brilliant young jazz drummer and his shockingly abusive music teacher. It ended up winning the short film jury award. Exactly one year later — a few days after turning 29 — Chazelle was back at Sundance with another movie about that same jazz student and teacher. Only this one was a full-length, 105- minute feature, and it opened the 2014 festival.” THR

Boyhood” stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette will be feted at the Santa Barbara film festival on Feb. 5. They are the first pair of performers to share the American Riviera Award, which has gone to the likes of Robert Redford, Sandra Bullock and Tommy Lee Jones in the past. SBIFF

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