Black comedy Force Majeure swept the board at Sweden's Guldbagge Awards on Monday night (26Jan15), landing a record six prizes. The movie, which failed to make the final cut for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominations, earned the top honour of Best Film at the Stockholm ceremony, while Ruben Ostlund earned the titles of Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editing, with Jacob Secher Schulsinger.
Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju took home the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in the movie, while Best Cinematography was handed to Fredrik Wenzel.
Meanwhile, Blowfly Park star Sverrir Gudnason was named Best Actor, Saga Becker earned the Best Actress award for her turn in Something Must Break, and Anita Wall scored the Best Supporting Actress prize for Home.
Force Majeure's big wins left fellow multiple nominees Gentlemen and A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence out in the cold - filmmakers had to settle for accolades in the technical categories, with three for Gentlemen and one for set design for A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence.
Two Days, One Night, starring French actress Marion Cotillard, claimed the Best Foreign Language Film honour, while Norwegian veteran Liv Ullmann was feted with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual event, the Swedish equivalent of the Oscars.
Birdman, Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore and Orange Is The New Black were the toast of the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night (25Jan15). Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and the cast of Birdman were given their biggest boost yet ahead of the Academy Awards after landing the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture title, while the lead acting accolades were awarded to newlywed Redmayne, who was recognised by his peers for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and Moore, who was feted for her role as a mother battling early onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice.
Whiplash's J.K. Simmons and Boyhood's Patricia Arquette also continued their awards season winning streak by taking home the top supporting acting film honours.
All four actors are Oscar nominated and are favourites for the biggest night in Hollywood next month (Feb15).
Meanwhile, House of Cards' Kevin Spacey repeated his Golden Globes success by claiming the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Viola Davis picked up the female equivalent for her new crime drama How to Get Away with Murder.
Hit series Orange Is the New Black was a double winner, while the cast of popular British period drama Downton Abbey earned the accolade for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher also made an appearance at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium ceremony to salute her mother, acting veteran Debbie Reynolds, with the coveted Life Achievement Award.
The full list of winners is:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Birdman
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie - Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie - Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Downton Abbey
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - William H. Macy, Shameless
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture - Unbroken
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series - Game of Thrones
Life Achievement Award - Debbie Reynolds.
Orange Is The New Black kicked off the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards as a double winner on Sunday (25Jan15) after landing two of the night's first prizes.
Uzo Aduba was the first to grace the stage as the recipient of the Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series For Television for her role as Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren, and she fought back tears as she accepted the honour. An emotional Aduba told the crowd, "Oh my God... I want to say thank you so much to the Screen Actors Guild for this incredible honor...
"I want to say a huge massive thanks to our cast, who, without whom, this is not possible. I love you guys so desperately so much. This is not done without you, at all, any step of the way."
The award win was all the more poignant for Aduba because she had just decided to quit acting when she learned she had been cast in the prison drama. She added, "The day I got this job was the day I had stopped acting, and to be in a room with all of you amazing human beings, amazing talents, for what I love and respect so much is really truly the greatest honor. Thank you so very much."
Aduba returned to the stage moments later as she and her co-stars were applauded with the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series title.
William H. Macy was another early winner, walking away with the prize for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series For Television for Shameless.
Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has added another big win to his list of accolades after scoring the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday (24Jan15). The filmmaker and his co-producers John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole were named the winners of the prestigious Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures for their work on the Oscar-nominated comedy drama, beating the power players behind other awards season favourites Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game, among others.
The team behind The LEGO Movie had reason to celebrate after claiming the Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, while producers behind Life Itself earned the documentary film honour.
The brains behind TV hits Breaking Bad and Fargo also landed big wins with The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama and The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television, respectively, and Orange Is the New Black producers walked away from the Los Angeles ceremony with The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy.
Other previously announced winners at the Producers Guild of America bash included Jon Feltheimer (Milestone Award), Mark Gordon (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Gale Anne Hurd (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures) and officials at Brad Pitt's production company Plan B Entertainment (Visionary Award).
Benedict Cumberbatch's Oscar-nominated movie The Imitation Game looks set to be honoured by gay rights campaigners after receiving a top nod for the GLAAD Media Awards. The British actor plays gay mathematician Alan Turing in the World War II drama, and it is now the favourite to take the coveted Outstanding Film - Wide Release title at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) prizegiving.
The Imitation Game, which is up for Best Picture at this year's (15) Oscars, faces competition from Love is Strange, Pride, The Skeleton Twins and Tammy.
In the TV categories, Game of Thrones, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and Masters of Sex are among those in the running for the Outstanding Drama Series trophy, while Outstanding Comedy Series includes Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Glee, Modern Family and Orange Is the New Black, among others.
The GLAAD Media Awards will be handed out at ceremonies in Los Angeles on 21 March (15) and in New York on 9 May (15).
Acclaimed transgender-centred series Transparent has landed five top prizes at the 2015 Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association's (GALECA) Dorian Awards. The freshman series has dominated in all but one of its six nominated categories, picking up TV Comedy of the Year, LGBTQ TV Show of the Year, and TV Performance of the Year - Actor for Jeffrey Tambor.
The show's director Jill Soloway earns two prizes for TV Director of the Year and Wilde Artist of the Year, a prize which honours a groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television.
Transparent's multiple wins come a week after the series picked up two trophies at the Golden Globes.
Also continuing her winning streak from the Hollywood Foreign Press' prizegiving is Jane the Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez, who has been named the GALECA's Rising Star, while the programme lands the Campy TV Show of the Year honour.
Other TV winners include The Comeback's Lisa Kudrow (TV Performance of the Year - Actress) and AIDS film The Normal Heart (TV Drama of the Year).
Meanwhile, a number of Oscar frontrunners picked up a few more awards, including coming-of-age drama Boyhood, which has been named Film of the Year, and Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne, who nab the Film Performance of the Year - Actress and Actor, respectively, for their roles in Still Alice and The Theory of Everything.
British gay rights film Pride also snags two prizes, for LGBTQ Film of the Year and Unsung Film of the Year.
The Dorian Awards will be handed out during a formal ceremony in Hollywood on 1 March (15).
Director Richard Linklater's Boyhood continued its march towards an almost assured Oscars victory by picking up another three prizes at the London Critics' Circle Awards on Sunday (18Jan15). Linklater walked off with the Best Director honour, while his 12-year labour of love was named the Film Of The Year and Patricia Arquette followed up her success at last week's (ends16Jan15) Golden Globes and Critics Choice awards shows by claiming the Best Supporting Actress gong.
Linklater admitted getting an award from British movie critics was a big deal, stating, "It's the top of the top because they're people who know film history and they see every film. So, as much as I'm touched by someone on the street saying, 'I saw your film and here's what it means to me', that's great, but this is another level.
"Those writers are important because they know quite a bit about what they're talking about, so you take it more seriously, and it's that much more of an honour."
Another apparent Oscars lock, Michael Keaton, picked up the night's Actor of the Year award for his portrayal of a fallen Hollywood star in Birdman, while Julianne Moore also repeated her Golden Globes and Critics Choice wins by picking up the Actress of the Year prize for her role in Still Alice.
Other winners included Rosamund Pike (British Actress of the Year for Gone Girl and What We Did On Our Holiday) and Timothy Spall (British Actor of the Year for Mr. Turner), while actress Miranda Richardson accepted the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.
The Crying Game star confessed she was thrilled to pick up the prize from critics, calling them "a hard bunch to please".
Accepting her latest accolade from Stanley Tucci, the Brit said, "It feels very nice indeed. It is for (the) body of work, it's not for one particular role, and that's always nice to think that people have noticed work over time."
Paying tribute to the twice Oscar-nominated actress, Tucci said, "She's one of the greatest actresses ever. Her versatility is extraordinary - in comedy, in drama and she's been doing this for a long time now."
He also noted that he was a particular fan of her role as Queenie in Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder TV series.
"I think because I look so much like him they think I am him, so they don't come after me... I'm not scared. I don't even know my own password for my email, so if they could hack it they'd be doing me a favour." Comedienne Margaret Cho has no fears her skit at the Golden Globe Awards last Sunday (11Jan15) will make her a target of the North Korean cyber terrorists who hacked into Sony's database last year (14) as part of a protest against Seth Rogen's comedy The Interview. The film centred around an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
Michael Keaton has laughed off his dramatic stage fall at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday (15Jan15), insisting he "took the Birdman flying thing way too far". The Oscar nominee picked up two prizes, Best Actor and Best Actor In A Comedy, at the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles.
The awards were among seven which went to Keaton's film Birdman, about a washed up actor who previously played a flying superhero, but the night nearly ended in disaster when the movie's star tumbled off the stage after picking up one of his trophies.
Keaton escaped without injury, and has now laughed off the embarrassing incident, even recreating the fall for reporters.
Speaking afterwards, he explained, "I did have quite an evening, including falling off the stage... It was great. Let me re-enact it for you. 'Thank you very much, I'm so f**king cool.. Thank you'," before miming his plummet to the ground.
Keaton added, "I was excited... I took the Birdman flying thing way too far".
He is nominated for the coveted Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Birdman.
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman flew off with another seven top honours at the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood on Thursday (15Jan15). The movie picked up the event's first award for Best Acting Ensemble and went on to win another six accolades, including Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Score, while the film's star Michael Keaton added two more trophies to his collection - for Best Actor and Best Actor In A Comedy.
In his acceptance speech for the latter he noted, "Nobody is really better than anyone else, but I'll take this (award)."
The Grand Budapest Hotel, which, like Birdman, had picked up nine Oscar nominations earlier in the day, claimed three Critics Choice Awards, including Best Comedy, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design, while another Academy Awards favourite, Boyhood, scored four prizes - the top honour for Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), and Best Young Actor (Ellar Coltrane).
Other winners included Julianne Moore (Best Actress for Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash), Bradley Cooper (Best Actor in an Action Movie for American Sniper), and Emily Blunt (Best Actress in an Action Movie for Edge of Tomorrow).
Chris Miller, the co-writer/director of The LEGO Movie had a very special reason to celebrate his win for Best Animated Movie, as it came just hours after the film was snubbed in the same category at the Oscar nominations.
He said, "What a rollercoaster of emotions today has been."
Meanwhile, special awards went to veteran director/producer Ron Howard, who was handed the Louis XIII Genius Award, Kevin Costner, who was feted with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Jessica Chastain, who was presented with the first ever MVP Award, celebrating her multiple roles in films throughout the year, including A Most Violent Year, Interstellar, Miss Julie, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Picture - Boyhood
Best Actor - Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Actress - Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Best Acting Ensemble - cast of Birdman
Best Director - Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Original Screenplay - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo (Birdman)
Best Adapted Screenplay - Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Best Supporting Actor - J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Young Actor/Actress - Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
Best Art Direction - Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Best Editing - Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione (Birdman)
Best Costume Design - Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Best Hair and Makeup - Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Visual Effects - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Best Animated Feature - The LEGO Movie
Best Action Movie - Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Actor In An Action Movie - Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Best Actress In An Action Movie - Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow)
Best Comedy - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor In A Comedy - Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Actress In A Comedy - Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)
Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie - Interstellar
Best Foreign Language Film - Force Majeure (Sweden)
Best Documentary Feature - Life Itself
Best Song - Glory by Common and John Legend (Selma)
Best Score - Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Louis XIII Genius Award - Ron Howard
Lifetime Achievement Award - Kevin Costner
MVP Award - Jessica Chastain.