TV and Radio Movie Critics Choice Nominations Make Waves

THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS.

HEADROOMOver 300 nationwide movie critics from television and radio have their say in these awards. That is more votes than in the Golden Globes, but with no big hype.

This is the last of the nominations that weigh the most and are not from actual movie makers, such as actors, writers, etc. We’ve heard from some of those already (Independent Spirit and Screen Actors Guild) but January will bring the rest, including BAFTA – The Brits.

Meanwhile, the buzz on two women as possible Oscar Nominees for Best Director build, as Ava DuVernay (Selma) and Angelina Jolie (Unbroken) get nods from the critics. The ten movies selected for Best Picture by the Critics’ Choice look like an Oscar prediction. We expect that their list will closely match the Oscar nominees foe Best Picture except, perhaps, for one. Or two.

Birdman cements its place as the critics’ darling, with Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel close behind. The Imitation Game ups the ante and Unbroken enters the competition for real, as it only had garnered Best Film listings from AFI and NBR. Nightcrawler watches from the sidelines, ready to make its move. The other outliers are American Sniper, Big Eyes, Inherent Vice, and Wild. Perhaps also Still Alice, yet, no doubt Julianne Moore—unless strange things happen—will take home the Oscar for Best Actress.

AWARDS CALENDAR 2014-2015  —  CURRENT STANDING OF FILM IN CONTENTION

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The Critics’ Nominees

BEST PICTUREBoyhood
Birdman
Boyhood – WINNER
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Whiplash

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch, for The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes, for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal, for Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, for Birdman – WINNER
David Oyelowo, for Selma
Eddie Redmayne, for The Theory of Everything

Jennifer Aniston seen filming 'Cake' in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Aniston, for Cake
Marion Cotillard, for Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, for The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, for Still Alice – WINNER
Rosamund Pike, for Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, for Wild

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, for Inherent Vice
Robert Duvall, for The Judge
Ethan Hawke, for Boyhood
Edward Norton, for Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, for Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, for Whiplash – WINNER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSemma stone
Patricia Arquette, for Boyhood – WINNER
Jessica Chastain, for A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, for The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, for Birdman
Meryl Streep, for Into the Woods
Tilda Swinton, for Snowpiercer

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Ellar Coltrane, for Boyhood – WINNER
Ansel Elgort, for The Fault in Our Stars
Mackenzie Foy, for Interstellar
Jaeden Lieberher, for St. Vincent
Tony Revolori, for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Quvenzhane Wallis, for Annie
Noah Wiseman, for The Babadook

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Birdman – Winner
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Selma

Unbroken PosterBEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson, for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, for Selma
David Fincher, for Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu, for Birdman
Angelina Jolie, for Unbroken
Richard Linklater, for Boyhood – WINNER

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness, for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle, for Whiplash
Dan Gilroy, for Nightcrawler
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo , for Birdman
– WINNER
Richard Linklater, for Boyhood

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone GirlGillian Flynn, for Gone Girl – WINNER
Graham Moore, for The Imitation Game
Paul Thomas Anderson, for Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten, for The Theory of Everything
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson, for Unbroken
Nick Hornby, for Wild

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, for Birdman – WINNER
Robert Yeoman, for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hoyte Van Hoytema, for Interstellar
Dick Pope, for Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins, for Unbroken

 

BEST EDITING
Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, for Birdman – WINNER
Sandra Adair, for Boyhood
Kirk Baxter, for Gone Girl
Lee Smith, for Interstellar
Tom Cross, for Whiplash

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie – WINNER

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
relatos salvajesForce Majeure – WINNER
Ida
Leviathan
Two Days, One Night
Wild Tales

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
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Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself – WINNER
The Overnighters

Many more in The Full Critic’s Choice List, including Chris Rock (Top Five), Jenny Slate (Obvious Child), Jon Favreau (Chef), and Kristen Wiig (Skeleton Twins),

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