Matthew McConaughey Presents Esteemed Critics’ Choice Louis XIII® Genius Award to Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater

LOUIS XIII & Broadcast Film Critics Association Honor the ‘Before’ Trio at the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16:  (L-R) Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 16: (L-R) Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

LOUIS XIII Cognac from the House of Rémy Martin(R), and the Broadcast Film Critics Association bestowed the second annual “Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award” to Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater presented by Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony. The writer-actor-director trio received the honor for demonstrating unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts. LOUIS XIII is celebrated globally as a genius blend of superb cognacs and is committed to recognizing genius in other creative areas.

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16:  Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke (L) and Julie Delpy, winners of the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 16: Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke (L) and Julie Delpy, winners of the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16:  Actor Matthew McConaughey (2nd from L) poses with actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 16: Actor Matthew McConaughey (2nd from L) poses with actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

As the collaborators responsible for one of cinema’s most compelling and unique romantic sagas, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke created a trilogy that captures the passage of time and the legacy of romance. The genius of their approach to
this extended love story lies in its unvarnished honesty. Nearly 20 years ago in the film “Before Sunrise,” a romance ignited between two soul mates on a train to Vienna and defined a generation. In the decades that followed, that generation grew up and the complicated characters played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke matured right along with them. In 2004’s “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight,” the conversation between the French Céline and American Jesse continued to unfold in real time – a special cinematic effect which has long fascinated Richard Linklater.

The ‘Before’ films are more than a love story, they’ve evolved into a cinematic project about life itself, about maturing, making decisions and living with the consequences,” said Joey Berlin, president of the Broadcast Film Critics Association which gives out the Critics’ Choice Awards. “It is a filmmaking experiment that captures the passage of time in its own unique way. At this moment in time, Linklater, Delpy and Hawke have created a peerless trilogy. We cannot wait to see how it matures into a quadrilogy and beyond.Continue reading

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) Announces the 19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for The 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Two hour pre-show coverage will also air in various local markets before the awards ceremony. The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 280 television, radio and online critics. BTJA is a branch of the BFCA.

Aisha Tyler will be this year’s host. Tyler, who is not new to the duties that come with hosting a show, serves as the new host of the critically acclaimed improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” on The CW Network. Tyler is also currently a co-host of Emmy-nominated show “The Talk.”

“12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” tie this year with thirteen nominations each. “12 Years a Slave” has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Score for Hans Zimmer.

The nominations for “American Hustle” include Best Picture, Best Actor for Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for David O. Russell, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Comedy, Best Actor in a Comedy for Christian Bale, and Best Actress in a Comedy for Amy Adams.

“Gravity” also impressed with ten nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Actress in An Action Movie for Sandra Bullock, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Score.

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Her,” “Captain Phillips,” and “Nebraska” all received six nominations while “The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug” received five. “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “August: Osage County,” “Enough Said,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Rush” received four nominations. Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock were both nominated for their comic performances in “The Heat,” with two more acting nominations for Bullock for Best Actress and Best Actress in an Action Movie for “Gravity.” Jennifer Lawrence also has multiple acting nominations for Best Supporting Actress in “American Hustle” and Best Actress in an Action Movie for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Christian Bale and James Gandolfini both also have multiple acting nominations.

Everyone acknowledges that 2013 has been a truly great year for films so our Critics’ Choice Movie Awards voters had an embarrassment of riches to choose from,” notes BFCA President Joey Berlin. “BFCA members have loved covering all these terrific films all year long and now revisiting them before we filled out our ballots.  And we’re thrilled to have the lovely and talented Aisha Tyler hosting our gala awards ceremony.  We can’t wait for January 16th, when the Academy Award nominations will be announced in the morning and so many of their honorees will then make their first public appearance as Oscar nominees on our Red Carpet.”

Also announced this year is BFCA’s two year contract with Defy Media’s #1 digital entertainment news brand, Clevver, to become the first digital media partner for the 2014 and 2015 awards shows. The partnership expands the reach of the long-standing awards show by tapping into Clevver’s multi-platform digital network and significant online audience of young entertainment enthusiasts. As an official partner, Clevver will power the CCMA’s audience vote for the year’s “Hottest Star” award to be announced during the live broadcast. Fans can cast their vote atwww.Clevver.com/Vote. Clevver will also participate in the two-hour live pre-show, delivering up-to-the-minute coverage and social media updates, as well as a “Clevver Lounge” backstage during the awards show where correspondents will gain backstage access to the evening’s winners.

Eligible films were released in 2013. The accounting firm of CMM, LLP tallied the written ballots.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 19th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

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