Oscars news: ‘Snowpiercer’ wins with Boston online critics, ‘Birdman’ leads D.C. nominations


Snowpiercer” was the big winner with the Boston Online Film Critics Society on Saturday taking Best Picture and Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton) while “Birdman” claimed Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton) and Cinematography at the third annual edition of these kudos. Lead acting honors went to Brendan Gleeson (“Calvary“) and Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night“) BOFCA

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On Sunday, the DC critics announced nominations for its 13th annual awards, with winners to be revealed on Monday (Dec. 8). Leading with 11 bids is “Birdman” followed by “Boyhood” (8), “Gone Girl” (6) and both “Selma” and “Whiplash” at five apiece. All of them contend for Best Picture. WAFCA

Oscars short-listed “Citizenfour” won the top award at the annual International Documentary Assn. kudofest on Saturday. “Tashi and the Monk” was named Best Short Documentary while “Independent Lens” claimed the Curated Series prize. Robert Redford was feted for his lifetime of achievement. IDA

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Alex Ritman sat down with Orlando von Einsiedel, the director of “Virunga,” another documentary on the Oscars short list, to “discuss the award buzz, how he got Leonardo DiCaprio and Netflix onboard and his fights with the lawyers of SOCO, the multimillion-dollar oil exploration company whose activities in the park his film helped expose.” THR

Pete Hammond recounts a busy week on the awards circuit in this must-read piece. As he observes in this intro: “There are junkets galore and tons of events going on in NYC this week, and here on the West Coast the activity is no less crazy, with several contenders trying to make any impression they can on voters — particularly Oscar voters who possibly can be influenced by all this action and will be weighing in themselves by the end of the month.” Deadline

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