Besides dominating the Los Angeles, Boston and New York Online critics awards on Sunday, “Boyhood” also claimed Best International Film at the British Independent Film Awards. Among the home-grown talent, the feel-good “Pride” was the big winner, taking Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Andrew Scott) and Supporting Actress (Imelda Staunton). Lead acting honors went to Brendan Gleeson (“Calvary”) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”). BIFA
As Cara Buckley observes, “Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher,’ a film that took eight years to make, is a retelling of the twisted, true story of John du Pont (Steve Carrell), a troubled heir to the chemical company fortune who took under his wing the wrestling champion Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo), with tragic results.” She “sat down with the film’s writers, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, a childhood friend of Mr. Miller’s, this fall to talk about how they distilled the mess of facts and mysteries surrounding the story into a cohesive script. ” New York Times
David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma,” is to get the Breakthrough Performance prize at the Jan. 3 gala that is the centerpiece of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Past winners of this award who went on to win Oscars include: Lupita Nyongo (“12 Years a Slave”), Marion Cotillard (“La Vie En Rose”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”).
Recapping the Best Actress race, Kyle Buchanan takes note of “Wild” and “Reese Witherspoon‘s best performance since winning the Oscar for ‘Walk the Line’ (and arguably the best thing she’s done since ‘Election’), this sensitive, soul-searching drama would surely earn her an Academy Award were it not for Julianne Moore, the front-runner for ‘Still Alice.’ Still, there’s a little bit of light for Witherspoon: Her movie has earned far better reviews than Moore’s more mild vehicle will.” Vulture
Greg Ellwood chats with “Inherent Vice” star Josh Brolin about how that film’s Paul Thomas Anderson is different from other directors with whom he has worked. “He makes it very personal. I mean working with Woody Allen, you really want to please. There’s a mentor thing going on. It’s history and all that kind of stuff that you just can’t get away from.” Anderson is different. Brolin notes, “It’s like a brother who you decided to do a film with. And he knows you so well. For some reason you don’t even understand why and [he] knows that your capacity is larger than what you thought it was. Whether it’s organic or caricature, if you’re not reaching that place that he knows you can reach, that you don’t even know, he’ll tell you. He’s very straightforward. It’s a familial feeling.” In Contention