Birdman takes the top honor at the Florida Film Critics Circle awards

Every year around this time, there’s a film that cleans up all the awards from the various critics’ societies.  Sometimes the films carry that success into the Oscars (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and other times they lose steam and sputter out (UP IN THE AIR).  This year, the film with the most momentum is no doubt BIRDMAN, which has started winning all of the early awards, including being named Best Picture by the Florida Film Critics Circle, of which I am a member.  BOYHOOD was a runner up, but maybe just as interesting is that THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and WHIPLASH finished third and fourth respectively.  If you haven’t seen BIRDMAN yet, I highly recommend you find it playing in your area, especially if you’re one of those people that likes to see everything before the Oscars.

The biggest surprise for me was the love given to THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, which won Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay, but was actually in the running for just about everything.  I’m most happy with J.K. Simmons winning Best Supporting actor for his performance in WHIPLASH.  WHIPLASH is a fantastic film with great performances from Simmons and Miles Teller.  Check out Page 2 for the complete list of winners.


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