Birdman Soars Over the 87th Annual Academy Awards

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Politics, Fashion and Stars are always a guarantee on and off the red carpet for the Academy Awards and this year was no exception.  Before the ceremony, diversity was the big topic and now the day after, the discussion has continued regarding equal pay for women, rights for the LGBT community and like John Legend so eloquently pointed out in his speech,"...there are more black men incarcerated than there were slaves brought to America".  Eloquent, provocative and jaw dropping speeches were definitely trending and given by winners Patricia Arquette, Common. John Legend and Graham Moore. Moore, who won for The Imitation Game dropped a bomb that detonated the Dolby Theatre, but his words were needed and heartfelt.  "When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here and, so, I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along."

87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Press Room
87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Press Room
87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Portraits
87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Portraits

The stars showed up and showed out for the red carpet.  The pale pallete was a popular hue worn by Viola Davis,  Jennifer Lopez and Oprah Winfrey to name a few.  My personal favorite was Gone Girl nominee Rosamund Pike in a red lace number that made her look like a lovely, statuesque bouquet of roses.

87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Arrivals
87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Arrivals

I had the opportunity to chat and meet some of my media idols such as "Entertainment Guru" for LA ABC7 - George Pinnachio, my good girlfriend, supermodel Roshumba Williams and made new friends like kitsch queen Esther Goldberg and TrendyMii.com's Keira Renee (who really helped a sister out on the red carpet)!

87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Telecast
87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Telecast
87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Telecast
87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Telecast
87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Telecast
87th Academy Awards, Oscars, Telecast

 

Some powerful performances that will remain etched in many minds after last night include Lady Gaga's tribute around the the 50th Anniversary of The Sound of Music, which Oscar Winner Julie Andrews with much emotion thanked Gaga and said the tribute  "warmed her heart";  Common and John Legend accepting their little bald gold guy and insighted tears from the audience.   Here is an excerpt from their acceptance speech:

Common:   "John and I got to go to Selma and perform “Glory” on the same bridge that Dr. King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South Side of Chicago dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression, to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings."

John Stephens (John Legend):  "Nina Simone said it’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live. We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago but we say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on. God bless you."

After the ceremony the stars partied till the sun came up.  I joined my fellow AAFCA members at a soiree sponsored by our organization and Mercedes Benz at the Four Seasons.  Black Hollywood was in full effect with numerous 'Selma" castmates including Niecy Nash and "my brother from another mother" Omar Dorsey.  Other attendees included Colman Domingo, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Beverly Johnson, Robi Reed, Star Jones, Vanessa Bell-Calloway and many others.

SElma's Omar dorsey and Carla Renata at the aafca oscar screening party

SElma's Omar dorsey and Carla Renata at the aafca oscar screening party

selma's neicy nash and carla renata at the aafca oscar screening party

selma's neicy nash and carla renata at the aafca oscar screening party

carla renata on the red carpet at the aafca oscar screening party

carla renata on the red carpet at the aafca oscar screening party

abc-7 entertainment guru George pinnachio and carla renata on oscar red carpet

abc-7 entertainment guru George pinnachio and carla renata on oscar red carpet

carla renata on the oscar red carpet

carla renata on the oscar red carpet

It was an exciting and exhilarating year for film that have inspired a lot of long overdue conversations.  In moving forward, let's just not talk...but act.  Make a Change...Make a Difference...Starting NOW!!!

Check out my Pre-Oscar Red Carpet Coverage and see you next year!!!

 

 

 

Here is full list of the winners from the 87th Annual Academy Awards:

Best supporting actor - JK Simmons for Whiplash

Achievement in costume design - The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling - The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier

Best foreign-language film- Ida – Paweł Pawlikowski

Best live-action short film -The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby, James Lucas

Best documentary short subject -Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry

Achievement in sound mixing - Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

Achievement in sound editing -American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray, Bub AsmanBest Supporting Actress ...Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Achievement in visual effects - Interstellar – Paul J Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R Fisher

Best animated short filmFeast – Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed

Best animated feature film - Big Hero 6

Best production design - The Grand Budapest Hotel: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

Achievement in cinematography -Birdman: Emmanuel Lubezki

Achievement in film editing - Whiplash – Tom Cross

Best documentary feature -Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

Best original song - Glory from Selma – Lonnie Lynn (Common), John Stephens (John Legend)

Best original score -Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Original screenplay- Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman

Adapted screenplay -Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Best director- Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Best actor -Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

Best actress - Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Best picture -  Birdman

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

2015 Spirit Awards: Birdman Soars To New Heights

30th-spirit-awards-logo-download1michael-keaton-spirit-awards The Spirit Awards is always a highlight of awards season as it focuses more on the artists and their film rather than box office and politics.  At the yesterday's ceremony, Birdman soars to to new heights taking home three awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Cinematography.  Boyhood was nipping close at its heels with two wins.  Patricia Arquette continues her winning streak for Best Supporting Actress as did Richard Linklater for  Best Director.

No surprise, but very disappointed that yet again Selma (which had two noms) went home again empty-handed, as did Love Is Strange (which had four noms)

Here is complete list of the winners...

BEST FEATURE Birdman Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

BEST MALE LEAD Michael Keaton, Birdman

BEST FEMALE LEAD Julianne Moore, Still Alice

BEST DIRECTOR Richard Linklater, Boyhood

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

BEST SUPPORTING MALE J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

BEST SCREENPLAY Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

BEST DOCUMENTARY Citizenfour Director/Producer: Laura Poitras Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM Ida (Poland), Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

BEST FIRST FEATURE Nightcrawler Director: Dan Gilroy; Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Justin Simien, Dear White People

BEST EDITING Tom Cross, Whiplash

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD Land Ho! Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens; Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy

LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD The Kill Team, Director: Dan Krauss

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD Chris Chison

KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD H., Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Boyhood Rules at the 2015 BAFTA Awards

rexfeatures-4418642ar-1The BAFTA Awards were handed out at the Royal Opera House over this past weekend in London,  and Boyhood took the big prize with the Best Film award, its third overall win including director Richard Linklater and Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette. The Grand Budapest Hotel  picked up five wins, including for Wes Anderson’s original screenplay. The Theory Of Everything and Whiplash also won three awards apiece and Lead Actor Eddie Redmayne, who along with  Julianne Moore solidified their frontrunner status for the Oscar with their wins

Here’s the complete list of winners:

BEST FILM BOYHOOD Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

LEADING ACTRESS JULIANNE MOORE Still Alice

LEADING ACTOR EDDIE REDMAYNE The Theory of Everything

DIRECTOR BOYHOOD Richard Linklater

EE RISING STAR Jack O’Connell

COSTUME DESIGN THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Milena Canonero

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Anthony McCarten

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IDA Pawel Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Wes Anderson

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER STEPHEN BERESFORD (Writer), DAVID LIVINGSTONE (Producer) Pride

CINEMATOGRAPHY BIRDMAN Emmanuel Lubezki

SUPPORTING ACTRESS PATRICIA ARQUETTE Boyhood

SUPPORTING ACTOR J.K. SIMMONS Whiplash

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS INTERSTELLAR Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter

ANIMATED FILM THE LEGO MOVIE Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

SOUND WHIPLASH Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

EDITING WHIPLASH Tom Cross

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION THE BIGGER PICTURE Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka

BRITISH SHORT FILM BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM Brian J. Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

PRODUCTION DESIGN THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

MAKE UP & HAIR THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Frances Gannon

DOCUMENTARY CITIZENFOUR Laura Poitras

ORIGINAL MUSIC THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Alexandre Desplat

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

#TBT Mr. Holland's Opus

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Richard Dreyfuss is unarguably one of the most passionate actors to come out of the 29th century.  His name alone would attract Oscar buzz.

With all the Oscar buzz these days swirling around J.K. Simmons for Whiplash, let'r roll it back to 1995 and Mr. Holland's Opus. Dreyfuss  portrayed Glenn Holland, a frustrated composer who finds another career being a high school music teacher to perfection was nominated for the Golden Globe and Oscar for his performance.  This film also showcased the talents of a young Terrence Howard and William H. Macy.

Welcome to the classroom of Mr. Holland's Opus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB1-ASsrNQI

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Birdman Takes Off Leading 2015 Oscar Nominations and Surprises

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Unknown Well, it suffices to say that this awards season has kinda like being a bride and the day before the wedding the groom changed his mind.  It's been a real roller coaster ride and there don't seem to be any real frontrunners in sight.

Let's begin with the obvious.  It's been no surprise that I'm a huge supporter of the exceptional, stellar and groundbreaking.  So, it is not without a heavy heart that I express my disappointment for Angelina Jolie and Ava DuVernay's  lack of recognition with a nomination for the 2015 Academy Awards.

I'm guessing,  Jolie was just a little too high profile and they just couldn't give her props in the same manner in which Ben Affleck was dismissed with Argo.  Unfortunately, I believe DuVernay's snub came as a result of Hollywood and studio politics swimming around release dates, late arrivals of screeners and contesting of facts swirling about in the media.

It's unfortunate for both, especially since we celebrate the life, legacy and birthday of Dr. King and a nomination for the aforementioned, Oyelowo and other deserving collaborators on Selma could have given the film a fantastic box-office boost leading the ceremony on February 22nd.  However,  President Obama is scheduled to host a screening of the Selma this Friday, January 16th.  The latest in a line of Oscar contenders like last year’s “Mandela” and 2012’s “Lincoln” to at the White House.  Cast and crew from the movie “Selma” are expected to attend.

Clint Eastwood missed out on possibly becoming the oldest directing nominee, but I'm sure he's not to  worried about that.  Whiplash was good enough to be nominated for Best Picture, but again it's director Damien Chazelle was omitted from the list.

I'm baffled...a film can not come to fruition without a casting director to find the talent and a director to pull the puzzle pieces together and make it look seamless.  Why are casting directors still not recognized in the process by the Academy and why are directors not recognized alongside their films?  Just saying...

The Lego Movie was a big hit at the box office, but not so much with the Academy.  Have to say, I kinda agree with them on this one.  The Lego Movie wasn't one of my favs...great film...but I connected with other nominees like Big Hero 6 and The Boxtrolls a little better.

In the acting categories, it would be sage to say Boyhood’s Patricia Arquette and Whiplash’s J.K. Simmons will most likely take the Supporting Awards. Playing an Alzheimer’s victim in Still Alice, Julianne Moore is the one to beat for lead actress, if only for the well-publicized fact that she is overdue. If anyone had a shot to upset her, it might have been Jennifer Aniston for Cake.  Sadly, she didn’t make the cut for a really fine performance and a great campaign that brought her Globe, Critics Choice and SAG nominations. The mere fact that so many are listing her among the “Oscar snubbed”  is a real testament to how far she was able to come since that Toronto Film Festival debut in September.

As for the Lead Actor race, it really could be between a couple of recent Golden Globe winners,  Birdman’s Michael Keaton and The Theory Of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne. Although, I have to admit I was shocked at the omission of Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler.

Timothy Spall and the helmer Mike Leigh with Mr. Turner peaked too early with the film’s debut at Cannes last year. Not to be completely disappointed, Spall won the Best Actor at Cannes and more recently took home the top acting prize from the National Society of Film Critics.

Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain both got lost in the Oscar shuffle, although Adams took home Globe Gold this past weekend for Big Eyes (also shutout).

Life Itself, The Roger Ebert docu directed by Steve James had the audience crying with loss and appreciation when it debuted at Sundance last year. Today, the movie about the great movie critic was dry when it came to Oscar love and the same could be said for one of my other favorite docs, I'll Be Me about Grammy Winner Glen Campbell's battle with Alzheimer's.  Although, the title song written by Campbell I'm Not Gonna Miss You is nominated.

As far as Best Picture is concerned, it could be anyone at this point.  It would be great to see Selma win, however, Boyhood nabbed the Golden Globe and the sentimental value of taking nearly 12 years to complete may very well play into that decision, as well as, the fact that it's a sentimental favorite.  The same goes for Best Director, although it is my humble opinion that Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman will give folks a run for their money.

Here is video from the Academy on the announcements in full...Don't forget the 2015 Academy Awards will air live on ABC-tv, Sunday - February 22nd

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Here is the full list of nominees...

Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
  • Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
  • Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
  • Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
  • Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
  • J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
  • Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
  • Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
  • Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
  • Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
  • Laura Dern in “Wild”
  • Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
  • “The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
  • “How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
  • “Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
  • “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
  • “Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
  • “Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
  • “Unbroken” Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
  • “Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
  • “Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
  • “Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
  • “Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran

Achievement in directing

  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • “Boyhood” Richard Linklater
  • “Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
  • “The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum

Best documentary feature

  • “CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
  • “Finding Vivian Maier” John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
  • “Last Days in Vietnam” Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
  • “The Salt of the Earth” Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
  • “Virunga” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best documentary short subject

  • “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
  • “Joanna” Aneta Kopacz
  • “Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
  • “The Reaper (La Parka)” Gabriel Serra Arguello
  • “White Earth” J. Christian Jensen

Achievement in film editing

  • “American Sniper” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
  • “Boyhood” Sandra Adair
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
  • “The Imitation Game” William Goldenberg
  • “Whiplash” Tom Cross

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “Ida” Poland
  • “Leviathan” Russia
  • “Tangerines” Estonia
  • “Timbuktu” Mauritania
  • “Wild Tales” Argentina

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “Foxcatcher” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat
  • “The Imitation Game” Alexandre Desplat
  • “Interstellar” Hans Zimmer
  • “Mr. Turner” Gary Yershon
  • “The Theory of Everything” Jóhann Jóhannsson

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie” Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
  • “Glory” from “Selma” Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
  • “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
  • “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Best motion picture of the year

  • “American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers
  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers
  • “Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
  • “The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
  • “Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
  • “The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
  • “Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

Achievement in production design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • “The Imitation Game” Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
  • “Interstellar” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
  • “Into the Woods” Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • “Mr. Turner” Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Best animated short film

  • “The Bigger Picture” Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
  • “The Dam Keeper” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
  • “Feast” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
  • “Me and My Moulton” Torill Kove
  • “A Single Life” Joris Oprins

Best live action short film

  • “Aya” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
  • “Boogaloo and Graham” Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
  • “Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” Hu Wei and Julien Féret
  • “Parvaneh” Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
  • “The Phone Call” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Achievement in sound editing

  • “American Sniper” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
  • “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
  • “Interstellar” Richard King
  • “Unbroken” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “American Sniper” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
  • “Interstellar” Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
  • “Unbroken” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
  • “Whiplash” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
  • “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
  • “Interstellar” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

Adapted screenplay

  • “American Sniper” Written by Jason Hall
  • “The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
  • “Inherent Vice” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • “The Theory of Everything” Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
  • “Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle

Original screenplay

  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
  • “Boyhood” Written by Richard Linklater
  • “Foxcatcher” Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
  • “Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy

2015 Golden Globe Winners

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With big names like Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Matthew McConaughey up for awards, and some big movies, like "Boyhood," "The Imitation Game," "Selma," "Foxcatcher," and "Birdman," vying for the top prize, this year's ceremony was as competitive as ever. The winners proved to reveal lots of first timers and many surprises.

Here is a full list of the winners:

Best Motion Picture Boyhood

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Julianne Moore, "Still Alice

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama Ruth Wilson, The Affair

Best Director – Motion Picture Richard Linklater,  Boyhood

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Best TV Series, Drama The Affair

Best Actress in a Mini-series or TV Movie Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Honourable Woman" (SundanceTV)

Best Foreign Language Film Leviathan

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy Jeffrey Tambor

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, "Birdman

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Animated Feature Film How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Amy Adams, Big Eyes

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie Matt Bomer, "The Normal Heart" (HBO) -

Best Original Song – Motion Picture "Glory" (Selma) John Legend and Common

Best Original Score – Motion Picture Johann Johannsson, "The Theory of Everything"

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy Transparent

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin

Best Actor in a Mini-series or TV Movie Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best TV Movie or Mini-series "Fargo

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie Joann Froggatt, "Downton Abbey" (PBS)

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

2014 LA Film Critics Winners

image The Los Angeles Film Critics announced their winners over the weekend.  Below is the complete list of winners and runner-ups

BEST PICTURE BOYHOOD RUNNER-UP: "THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL"

BEST DIRECTOR RICHARD LINKLATER "BOYHOOD" RUNNER-UP: WES ANDERSON ("THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL")

BEST ACTOR TOM HARDY "LOCKE" RUNNER-UP: MICHAEL KEATON ("BIRDMAN")

BEST ACTRESS PATRICIA ARQUETTE "BOYHOOD" RUNNER-UP: JULIANNE MOORE ("STILL ALICE")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR J.K. SIMMONS WHIPLASH RUNNER UP: EDWARD NORTON ("BIRDMAN")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS AGATA KULESZA "IDA" RUNNER-UP: RENE RUSSO ("NIGHTCRAWLER")

BEST SCREENPLAY WES ANDERSON “THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL" RUNNER-UP: ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU, NICOLÁS GIACOBONE, ALEXANDER DINELARIS, JR. AND ARMANDO BO ("BIRDMAN")

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY EMMANUEL LUBEZKI "BIRDMAN" RUNNER-UP: DICK POPE ("MR TURNER")

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN ADAM STOCKHAUSEN "THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL" RUNNER-UP: ONDREJ NEKVASIL ("SNOWPIERCER")

BEST EDITING SANDRA ADAIR "BOYHOOD" RUNNER-UP: BARNEY PILLING ("THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL")

BEST MUSIC SCORE JONNY GREENWOOD, "INHERENT VICE" AND MICA LEVI, "UNDER THE SKIN" (TIE)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM "IDA" DIRECTED BY PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI RUNNER-UP: "WINTER SLEEP" DIRECTED BY NURI BILGE CEYLAN

BEST DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM " CITIZENFOUR" DIRECTED BY LAURA POITRAS RUNNER-UP: "LIFE ITSELF" DIRECTED BY STEVE JAMES

BEST ANIMATION "THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA" DIRECTED BY ISAO TAKAHATA

RUNNER-UP: "THE LEGO MOVIE" DIRECTED BY PHIL LORD, CHRISTOPHER MILLER

NEW GENERATION AVA DUVERNAY "SELMA"

THE DOUGLAS EDWARDS EXPERIMENTAL/ INDEPENDENT FILM/VIDEO AWARD WALTER REUBEN "THE DAVID WHITING STORY"

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT GENA ROWLANDS

 

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!