January is the start of awards season for feature films.
It begins with the People’s Choice Awards airing at 9 p.m. Jan. 7 on KGPE (Channel 47.1) and continues with the broadcast of the 2015 Golden Globe Awards at 5 p.m. Jan. 11 on KSEE (Channel 24.1). There’s also the “20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” on Jan. 15, the “2015 Producers Guild Awards” Jan. 24 and the “Art Directors Guild Awards” on Jan. 31. The Oscars are Feb. 22 on KFSN (Channel 30.1).
All of these awards shows will spark conversations as to whether “Birdman” is better than “Into the Woods” or whether the performance by Jennifer Aniston in “Cake” topped the work of Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything.” The last thing you want is to be left out of the conversation because the most recent movie you saw in a theater was “Blended.”
It’s not too late to get up to speed on many of the movies expected to be honored over the next few weeks. Many are still in theaters and others are available or coming out on DVD.
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Here’s how you can become an expert on movies that will be dominating the awards circuit. The Golden Globes tend to be a good foreshadow of Oscar voting, so your viewing should start with movies up for this year’s Globes.
Seeing the two films would also give you the chance to catch the Golden Globes nominated work by Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game” plus Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep for “Into the Woods.”
“Wild,” “Big Eyes” “The Theory of Everything” and “Annie” also are still in theaters. Reese Witherspoon picked up a Globes nomination for “Wild,” while Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz got nods for “Big Eyes.” Quvenzhané Wallis is also a Globes nominee for her work in “Annie.”
Unless the films pop up at the second-run theater in Clovis, you won’t be able to see “Birdman” or “Nightcrawler” on DVD in time for the big awards show. That’s a big loss as they are getting buzz both as best pictures but also for acting performances by Emma Stone and Michael Keaton for “Birdman” and Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for “Nightcrawler.”
No local release date for “Foxcatcher,” which is earning Steve Carell a lot of attention, has been announced. The same goes for “A Most Violent Year,” a film getting Jessica Chastain a lot of attention.
Some of the films generating awards show buzz will open in Fresno over the next few weeks including “Inherent Vice” and “Selma” on Jan. 9. Julianne Moore’s work in “Still Alice” can be seen in theaters Jan. 16, while Aniston’s “Cake” is scheduled to be released nationally on Jan. 23.
Some of the buzzworthy movies are available on DVD, including “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which is getting attention for director Wes Anderson and star Ralph Fiennes. Helen Mirren’s “The Hundred Foot Journey” is also available on DVD.
“Boyhood” will be released on DVD Jan. 6, while “Gone Girl” hits stores Jan. 13. Not only is “Boyhood” considered to be a top contender for a Best Picture Oscar, the work of Patricia Arquette is being highly touted. It’s Rosamund Pike who’s getting the most attention for her work in “Gone Girl.”
“Pride,” the film about the 1984 National Union of Mineworkers strike, is also available on DVD.
If you want see the animated films getting attention, check out “The Lego Movie” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on DVD. “Big Hero 6” is still in theaters.
Also still in theaters is “Interstellar,” a film that should get a lot of attention in technical categories.