Birdman took the prize for best motion picture, but Boyhood’s Richard Linklater was named best film director at the International Press Academy’s 19th annual Satellite Awards, held Feb. 15 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City. On the TV side, major awards were claimed by Olive Kitteridge, Penny Dreadful, The Knick and Transparent.
The organization, which consists of domestic and foreign entertainment journalists, gave its Mary Pickford Award for outstanding artistic contribution to the entertainment industry to Ellen Burstyn, a best actress Oscar winner for 1974’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. It was presented to her by her The Last Picture Show costar Timothy Bottoms.
Martyn Burke, who wrote and directed the Peabody-award-winning documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat, was the recipient of the Auteur Award. Journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger was honored with the group’s Humanitarian Award. And young actor Atoine-Olivier Pilon, who stars in Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, was recognizes with a special Breakthrough Performance Award for portraying a teen with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Shlomi Elkabetz, the co-director and co-writer of Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, was singled out as Producer of Year. And Industrial Light & Magicwon the Nikola Tesla Award for Visionary Technical Achievement.
The IPA gave its film ensemble award to Into the Woods and its TV ensemble award to Transparent.