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2014 Film Wrap: Wrestling, Woods and Civil Rights dominate cinemas

What makes 2014 the most exciting year for movies in a while is the fact that this may very well be another history making year.

In 2012, Selma helmer Ava DuVernay made history becoming the first African-American woman to win for Best Dramatic Directing at Sundance.  This year, she has already made history being the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe and I am confident that Oscar is next!  In addition, Angelina Jolie makes her directorial debut with Unbroken making this years Oscar race for directing being the first time two women could be within the list of five nominees.  Very exciting stuff!!!


No surprise with Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix’s roles in Nightcrawler and Inherent Vice.  Both disturbingly interesting and complex…kind of like a car crash so horrible you just can’t stop craning your neck to watch.


Meryl Streep did it again.  Once again proving that her acting talent has NO boundaries in Into The Woods.  Reese Witherspoon had a very controversial year onscreen and off, but it seems that Wild is creating Oscar buzz for the star after tackling the true life story of Cheryl Strayed.

Michael Keaton, David Oyelowo and Benedict Cumberbatch are making the Best Actor race very interesting and varied.  Keaton, an acting veteran, is compelling in Birdman.  Oyelowo, who shoots no less than three films a year, is finally stomping with the big dogs with his portrayal of MLK, Jr. in Selma and Cumberbatch seems to be the latest Brit to take over Hollywood on the big and small screen.


So having said that here are my predictions of some performances and films I feel should be recognized.

Best Actor:  David Oyelowo (Selma), Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Robert Duvall (The Judge), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imagination Game), Jack O’Connor (Unbroken), Bill Murray (St. Vincent), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Best Supporting Actor:  Edward Norton (Birdman), Takamasa Ishihara (Unbroken), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), Miles Teller (Whiplash)

Best Actress:  Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Felecity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Naomi Watts (Birdman), Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Best Supporting Actress:  Meryl Streep (Into The Woods), Naomi Watts (St. Vincent), Kiera Knightly (The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman)



Click on the films below to see my reviews on each one…


Films:  Selma, Foxcatcher, Unbroken, Foxcatcher, Whiplash, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Nightcrawler, Into The Woods, Pride, The Grand Budapest Hotel

I have yet to see Boyhood, which I hear is a major contender or The Most Violent Year. I will keep you posted here are the nominations.

In the meantime…

I watch a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film — Force Majeure.  Click on this link for that review.


I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY,, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Mondays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'

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