Seattle Film Award Winners Announced

The winners of the second annual Seattle Film Awards have been announced, and all we can say is… thank the Lord that Boyhood didn’t receive top honors. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s dramatic satire Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) did, however, as it was named the Best Picture of 2014 by the Seattle film community.

Personally, I feel that the Seattle Film Awards would better reflect quality if FilmJabber was the only Seattle-based entertainment website/movie critic that got to vote… dictatorship is better than democracy, and FilmJabber’s opinion is the only one you should trust. But, admittedly, the Seattle film community’s picks were largely agreeable–even though I found Boyhood extremely overrated and downright dull at times, there’s no denying that the 12-year effort by director Richard Linklater deserves some recognition.

The full winners are listed below (click the title to read my review), and you can see the full list of nominees here.

BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

BEST ACTOR: Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

BEST ACTRESS: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, directors)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans, director)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Life Itself (Steve James, director)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST FILM EDITING: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: “Lost Stars” – Begin Again (Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, composers)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST SOUND DESIGN: Godzilla

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

By Erik Samdahl
Related categories: Awards & Oscars, Comedies, Drama Movies, Romance Movies, Science Fiction Movies, Thriller Movies

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