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THE ONLINE FILM CRITIC SOCIETY ANNOUNCE THE YEAR’S BEST… AND I AGREE

The awards season is well and truly under way and The Online Film Critics Society, representing 250+ members around the globe (including myself), has announced winners for their 18th annual OFCS awards for excellence in film. I don’t mean to sound biased, and of course that means I will, but if this winner’s circle is just so damned undeniable, despite an amazing year for cinema. Check out the winners and the team GwP’s thoughts on the winners.

Best Picture:

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is a work of visceral, madcap comedic genius.

– Blake Howard

Like Anderson’s previous films The Grand Budapest Hotel is a technical marvel and a treasure to repeatedly admire.

– Andrew Buckle

Anointing a favourite Anderson joint just became harder with the arrival of The Grand Budapest Hotel

– Cameron Williams

Best Animated Feature:

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The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie is a wonderful cinematic gift that lights the bonfire of our imaginations thanks to the mad genius of Lord and Miller at play.

– Cameron Williams

Best Film Not in the English Language:

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Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night is the Dardenne Brothers great document for compassion faced with the hurdles of contemporary working class struggle. It’s masterfully crafted work from a pair of maestros.

– Blake Howard

Best Documentary:

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Life Itself

Roger Ebert loved cinema, Life Itself heaps adoration on him and his legacy.

– Blake Howard

Best Director:

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Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is the perfect cinematic experiment.

-Blake Howard

Best Actor:

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Michael Keaton – Birdman

Best Actress:

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Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Without mentioning the exact trajectory of the character it’s extremely difficult to enunciate Pike’s career defining performance, but watching her navigate Amy’s peaks and troughs is astounding.

-Blake Howard

She’s an immensely talented actress who has more range than the period drama or token lone female roles she has been designated over the past few years. For many, her performance is a revelation …

– Maria Lewis

Best Supporting Actor:

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Edward Norton – Birdman

Best Supporting Actress:

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Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay:

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay:

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Gone Girl

Flynn really must be commended for the subtle changes that she made to her own source material for the adaption. Trims to unnecessary characters and beats that are essential to the make-up of the book, devote more focus to the central storyline.

-Blake Howard

Best Editing:

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Birdman

Best Cinematography:

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Meticulous palates of candy-coloured environments are captured beautifully by Anderson’s veteran cinematographer Robert Yeoman. There’s also an adoration of typography is in every written note and a wonderful use of miniatures for hotel exteriors as well as a rousing downhill ski chase sequence

– Cameron Williams

Blake Howard – follow Blake on Twitter here: @blakeisbatman and listen to legacy audio reviews on That Movie Show 2UE here or on top-rating film podcast Pod Save Our Screen, available now on iTunes.

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