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Redmayne triumphs at Oscars as Birdman beats Boyhood

Redmayne triumphs at Oscars as Birdman beats Boyhood

The British actor Eddie Redmayne spoiled Birdman’s Oscar party by beating its star Michael Keaton to the Best Actor Oscar at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Redmayne won over the six thousand strong Academy voters for his portrayal, in The Theory of Everything, of the scientist Professor Steph...

A spirited boost for Birdman on eve of Oscars

A spirited boost for Birdman on eve of Oscars

Birdman won the latest face-off with its main Oscar rival Boyhood – this time in the world America’s independent cinema. Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s satire on the world of entertainment took the prizes for Best Feature, Best Actor for Michael Keaton and Best Cinematography at the...

Berlin win for Panahi seen as victory for free speech

Berlin win for Panahi seen as victory for free speech

The top award at the Berlin Film Festival, the Golden Bear for the best film, has gone to the dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who’s officially banned from making films and leaving his country. His winning film, Taxi, ostensibly features conversations between a Tehran taxi driver and h...

BAFTA’s Grand Theory of Boyhood

BAFTA’s Grand Theory of Boyhood

Boyhood, The Theory of Everything and The Grand Budapest Hotel were the big winners of the night at the Royal Opera House in London, as Britain’s most prestigious film awards were handed out. Boyhood took the top honours of the night, for Best Film and for its director Richard Linklater. It al...

Actors give fresh boost to Birdman (and Eddie)

Actors give fresh boost to Birdman (and Eddie)

The Screen Actor’s Guild has added its voice to awards season – and with so many Oscar voters being actors, SAG is often seen as one of the most reliable indicators of who will pick up Academy Awards. Birdman added to its haul of prizes, taking SAG’s honour as the best ensemble cas...

Producers pick Birdman as best film of 2014

Producers pick Birdman as best film of 2014

Birdman has received a much-needed boost in its Oscar campaign by winning the PGA Award. More than six and a half thousand producers picked the film, which lost out to The Grand Budapest Hotel at the Golden Globes, as their best film of the year. It was chosen over American Sniper, Boyhood, Foxcatch...

American films dominate London critics awards

American films dominate London critics awards

Boyhood has come away from the 35th annual London Film Critics Circle Awards as the biggest winner of the night, with three prizes; best film, best director for Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette as the best supporting actress of the year. The other three main acting awards also went to America...

Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel lead Oscar nominations

Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel lead Oscar nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s Oscar nominations at a pre-dawn ceremony, here in Los Angeles. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel top the list, each receiving nine nods, with The Imitation Game close behind them on eight. Academy members have narrowe...

Directors enter the awards fray

Directors enter the awards fray

The Directors Guild of America has announced its shortlist for this year’s DGA Awards, bringing at least one of the Oscar races into sharper focus. The DGA is among the most reliable of Academy Awards predictors, which is bad news for two of the Golden Globe directing nominees, who miss out he...

Boyhood is the biggest Globes winner as honours are split

Boyhood is the biggest Globes winner as honours are split

With so many categories at the Golden Globes, not least the split between dramas on the one side and comedies and musicals on the other, the chances of a clean sweep is impossible, but the 2015 awards saw film honours spread largely between Boyhood, Birdman and The Theory of Everything – with ...

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