‘Snowpiercer’ Named Best Picture by Boston Online Film Critics

"Snowpiercer" character study

The Boston Online Film Critics Assn. favored dark-horse indies on Saturday, naming “Snowpiercer” the year’s top film. Tilda Swinton was tapped supporting actress for the film, which the Weinstein Co. released theatrically and on VOD.

Fox Searchlight was a big winner, with its “Birdman” nabbing four prizes: for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, supporting actor Edward Norton, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and for acting ensemble. The company’s “Calvary” was a double victor, for actor Brendan Gleeson and for screenplay (John Michael McDonagh).

“Two Days One Night” scored for actress Marion Cotillard and foreign-language film. The film is distributed domestically by Sundance Selects.

The Boston Online Critics clearly favored arthouse fare rather than the major-studio films that are also in the Oscar race. Among the exceptions: the animated film prize went to “The Lego Movie,” and editing to James Hervert and Laura Jennings for “Edge of Tomorrow.” Both are from Warner Bros./Village Roadshow.

Other winners include documentary “Life Itself” and score, Mica Levi, “Under the Skin.”

The group also listed its 10 best: “Snowpiercer,” “Under the Skin,” “Boyhood,” “Only Lovers Left Alive,” “The Babadook,” “Two Days One Night,” “Birdman,” “Calvary,” “Inherent Vice” and “Selma.”

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  1. Sam says:

    Tilda in Snowpiercer was not that complex or difficult of a role. It was the same eccentric Tilda as in all her roles. It was all due to the makeup and costume.. At this point, Tilda just plays Tilda.

  2. bam bam says:

    FINALLY! Somebody recognized “Edge Of Tomorrow” for its editing. The film should be Oscar nominated and perhaps a winner for the film editing category. That is a master class in how to edit a movie.

  3. Bill B. says:

    I enjoyed Snowpiercer quite a bit, though the ending was a bit of a letdown, but there are some out of the blue choices here that are not likely to be repeated by other groups.

  4. Jean labadie says:

    Happy for Snowpiercer , and director Bong Joo No which film escape miraculiously to new US editing!!!!
    Congratulation to critics who give to a doc about a critic the Best documentary ……

  5. CLF says:

    I seriously thought they must have been joking, Snowpiercer was AWFUL… Or maybe I got kicked in the head by a mule?

  6. AA Jabrams says:

    lol wut?! Edge of Tomorrow was 100x the film that Snowpiercer ever dreamed of being. And that’s just sci-fi. Lay off the Jameson’s, Boston.

  7. Maurice Diaz says:

    I really liked ”Boyhood”, ”Birdman”, ”Babadook” and ”Snowpiercer” (Especially this last one). I believe they should have included ”Whiplash” and ”Foxcatcher”. I haven’t seen “Inherent Vice” yet, but I’m pretty sure Paul Thomas Anderson did an excellent job.

  8. steve barr says:

    Tim .Really interesting choices from Boston .Wish there had been a little recognition for The Immigrant .

  9. Fre says:

    Good to hear, I quite liked this film. Different flavors and preparations than the norm and much appreciated it.

  10. lametta says:

    “Snowpiercer” was awesome, exciting and unique!

    If Franz Kafka would be still alive and making movies, he’d do films like “Snowpiercer”!

    I hope it gets a ‘Best Picture’ nom at the Academy Awards…

  11. Stergios says:

    LOVED Snowpiercer. Such a thought-provoking and thrilling film. I’m so excited for the incredible Marion Cotillard. She should continue on sweeping the whole awards season with her one-of-a-kind performance in Two Days, One Night. Even if she won’t and even if she’s going to be snubbed from The Oscars AGAIN, she’s such a terrific actress and she has built a status so legendary that nothing else really matters.

    • Angeleno says:

      I agree with you about Snowpiercer. How great that the Boston critics named it best picture! Good on them.

      I haven’t seen Two Days, One Night yet, so can’t comment of that one. Unfortunately I missed it at AFI Fest because of their horrible scheduling this year, but plan to see it soon.

      • Stergios says:

        I think you’re going to love it man. Emotionally raw drama of social realism with an electrifying Marion Cotillard on the lead.

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