19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS (2014) – BEST PICTURE: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

NEWLY-MINTED 2014 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED ACTRESSES, ACTORS AND DIRECTORS WON BIG

“12 YEARS A SLAVE” NAMED BEST PICTURE AT 19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

“GRAVITY” ROCKETS TO A RECORD SEVEN WINS

“AMERICAN HUSTLE” FOLLOWS WITH FOUR

Glamorous Porsche Vehicles Displayed at Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Porsche 911 and Panamera S E-Hybrid make red carpet appearance at Los Angeles awards show

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts arrives at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts arrives at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the winners for the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards last night, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show aired on The CW Network at 8:00PM ET/PT and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. A live pre-show aired in various local markets before the awards ceremony. Stars walking the red carpet mingled with the Porsche 911 and Panamera S E-Hybrid, debuted by Porsche Cars North America, Inc., the exclusive importer of Porsche vehicles in the U.S. and the official sponsor of the 2014 ceremony.

Since its inception in 1995, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards has been a star-studded bellwether event of the movie awards season. Among the night’s attendees were Barkhad Abdi, Jensen Ackles, Amy Adams, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Cate Blanchett, Abigail Breslin, Daniel Bruhl, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Coogan, Bradley Cooper, Chris Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Will Forte, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor,  Adele Exarchopoulos, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bill Hader, Tom Hanks, Ethan Hawke, Jonah Hill, Liam James, Spike Jonze, Sir Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson, Jared Leto, Juliette Lewis, Richard Linklater, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kellan Lutz, James Marsden, Melissa McCarthy, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Dermot Mulroney, Sophie Nelisse, Lupita Nyong’o, Bob Odenkirk, David O’Russell, Jared Padalecki, Jeremy Renner, Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, Sam Rockwell, Julia Roberts, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Tye Sheridan, Ian Somerhalder, Kevin Spacey, June Squibb, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mark Wahlberg, Isaiah Washington, Marlon Wayans, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Continue reading

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

And We’re Off!: The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Officially Kicked-Off the Awards Season Honoring the Year’s Best Talent With Series of Star-Studded Surprise Presenters

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The race is on. The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards gala ceremony lit up the night with a star-studded turnout at its 17th anniversary show on Monday night at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills. The A-list event attracted Hollywood’s elite to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking, as well as creative talent within the global creative community. The evening was hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell. (A full list of the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards honorees is listed below.)

Honorees recognized for their achievements at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards Gala included Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Coldplay, Lupita Nyong’o, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dan Scanlon, Michael De Luca, John Knoll, Steve McQueen, Jerry Weintraub, Lee Daniels, Michael B. Jordan, Sophie Nelisse, David Oyelowo, Michael Wilkinson, Judy Becker, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, and Misty Upham, mostly for films yet to be released in the theaters but are seen to be potential box office and award season winners. These films includes “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “August: Osage County”, and “Dallas Buyers Club”

Celebrity presenters for the evening included Jack Black, Octavia Spencer, Geoffrey Rush, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, Kanye West, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jane Fonda, Forest Whitaker, Brian Helgeland, Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, Robert Kazinsky, Viola Davis, Angela Bassett and Olivia Munn among others.

Multiplatinum, multiple award-winning recording act Coldplay was honored with the Hollywood Song Award for the hit song “Atlas” from Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The band’s Chris Martin gave a soaring solo performance of “Atlas,” in addition to accepting the award on behalf of Coldplay. The award was presented by 10-time Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Continue reading