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Oscar Watching: As Awards Roll In

How many saw this coming? J.C. Chandor’s crime drama A Most Violent Year unexpectedly won the National Board of Review’s (NBR) awards for film, director, actor for Oscar Isaac (who tied with the Birdman’s Michael Keaton) and supporting actress for Jessica Chastain. Less surprising were the honors bestowed by the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) and the Gotham Awards. The former went big for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood on Monday; the indie drama won prizes for film, director, and supporting actress for Patricia Arquette. The same night, the Gotham Awards were all about Birdman which won best actor for Keaton and best feature.

But what does it all mean? It’s a still bit of a mess, naturally; while we can hope that the unveiling of the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominees helps, nothing’s ever done until it’s done.

In the name of shameless self-promo, you can check out more detailed Oscar musings over at my blog, Awards and Such. Keep in mind that my predictions there and on Screen Invasion might differ, given that I will update both at different times – I’ll update my Screen Invasion picks once a week; I’ll most likely update my blog picks at different intervals.

Boyhood for the win?

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Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.