Birdman tops Critics' Choice Awards nominations

Birdman is flying high with 13 nominations at the Critics' Choice Awards.

Birdman has been nominated for 13 Critics’ Choice Awards.

The movie stars Michael Keaton as a former superhero movie actor who is desperate to be taken seriously, so brings a play to Broadway. It had been widely tipped as a frontrunner during awards season and has already proven that, taking home a plethora of nominations at the SAG and Golden Globe Awards.

Those in the running for the Critics’ Choice gongs were announced this morning, with Birdman leading the way. Following it is The Grand Budapest Hotel with 11 nods and Boyhood, which picked up eight.

Among those Birdman is in the running for is the prestigious best picture prize, with The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood also getting mentions. Rounding out the category is Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Unbroken and Whiplash.

Michael has picked up another best actor nomination, with Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler, David Oyelowo in Selma and The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne also up for the prize.

The ladies version will go to either Jennifer Aniston, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike or Reese Witherspoon.

Birdman’s Edward Norton could take home the best supporting actor prize, with Josh Brolin, Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo and J.K. Simmons competing.

The superhero satire boasts another nomination in the women’s version of the award, with Emma Stone up for the prize. She will need to beat off stiff competition from the likes of Patricia Arquette, Jessica Chastain, Keira Knightley, Meryl Streep or Tilda Swinton.

Also of note is the best director category, which sees two women nominated: Angelina Jolie for Unbroken and Ava DuVernay for Selma. They are joined by Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, David Fincher for Gone Girl, Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman and Richard Linklater for Boyhood.

The Critics’ Choice Awards will be held at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15 – the same day the Oscar nominations will be announced.

2015 Critics’ Choice Awards main nominees:

Best picture

Birdman

Boyhood

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Nightcrawler

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Unbroken

Whiplash

Best director

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay – Selma

David Fincher – Gone Girl

Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman

Angelina Jolie – Unbroken

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Best actor

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton – Birdman

David Oyelowo – Selma

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Best actress

Jennifer Aniston – Cake

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Best supporting actor

Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice

Robert Duvall – The Judge

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Best supporting actress

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

Best acting ensemble

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Into the Woods

Selma

Best original screenplay

Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo

Boyhood – Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Best adapted screenplay

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

The Imitation Game – Graham Moore

Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten

Unbroken – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson

Wild – Nick Hornby

Best visual effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Edge of Tomorrow

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Best animated feature

Big Hero 6

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Lego Movie

Best action movie

American Sniper

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Edge of Tomorrow

Fury

Guardians of the Galaxy

Best comedy

Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

St. Vincent

Top Five

22 Jump Street

Best actor in a comedy

Jon Favreau – Chef

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Bill Murray – St. Vincent

Chris Rock – Top Five

Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street

Best actress in a comedy

Rose Byrne – Neighbors

Rosario Dawson – Top Five

Melissa McCarthy – St. Vincent

Jenny Slate – Obvious Child

Kristen Wiig – The Skeleton Twins
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Monday, 15. December 2014