After topping the nominations at the SAG Awards and Golden Globes, “Birdman” continues its skyward trajectory by earning the most bids at the Critics Choice Movie Awards, including nine with equivalent Oscar categories as well as for ensemble and three comedy categories.
The “Birdman” bids include Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Acting Ensemble. It also received citations below the line for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, and Best Score. Howeve, while its score, composed by Antonio Sanchez was also nominated at the Golden Globes, it was disqualified from Oscar contention.
The big surprise is the 11 nominations for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” far more than expected, including Best Picture, Best Director (Wes Anderson), and Best Actor (Ralph Fiennes) as well as three comedy categories. This could help Fiennes steal some Oscar momentum from Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher“), who was snubbed despite six slots in this category.
Among dramas, “Boyhood” had a leading eight nominations. It was recognized in the seven categories we were expecting: Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Best Original Screenplay, Best Acting Ensemble, and Best Editing. Additionally, the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, who comes of age before the audience’s eyes, is up for Best Young Actor/Actress.
“Interstellar” was cited in seven categories despite being shut out of the top races. It’s up for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Young Actor/Actress (Mackenzie Foy), in addition to five craft categories.
Also earning six bids is “The Imitation Game,” which contends for Best Picture, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Acting Ensemble, and Best Score but not Best Director.
“Selma” and “The Theory of Everything” both received five nominations, including Best Picture. “Selma” is also up for Best Director (Ava DuVernay), Best Actor (David Oyelowo), Best Acting Ensemble, and Best Song (“Glory,” by Common and John Legend).
The Critics’ Choice Awards have a strong track record of predicting the Oscars. Handed out by the almost 300 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, these awards have foreseen 12 of the past 19 Best Picture Oscar winners (including 7 of the last 10), 15 Best Directors (7 of the last 10), 13 Best Actors (nine of the last 10), 10 Best Actresses (6 of the last 10), 10 Best Supporting Actors (6 of the last 10) and 12 Best Supporting Actresses (7 of the last 10) – if you count Kate Winslet (“The Reader”), who won Supporting Actress at Critics’ Choice but went on to take the lead prize at the Oscars.
Last year, eight of the nine Oscar contenders for Best Picture were nominated at the Critics’ Choice; only “Philomena” fell short with the BFCA. And these kudos previewed all but four of last year’s acting nominees, missing one per category.
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