Critics Choice nominations predictions: ‘Birdman’ will lead, ‘Boyhood’ & ‘Gone Girl’ will follow

We’re predicting the Critics Choice Movie Awards in 17 categories, and based on our predictions in those races, “Birdman” will be the top nominee. That would be consistent with the results of recent events: “Birdman” was also the most nominated film at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. (Click here to see our complete predictions by category.)

Critics Choice Awards predictions: Nominations will go to ‘Birdman,’ ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Selma’ …

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“Birdman” will earn 10 nominations, including 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 Ensemble.

Boyhood” will contend in seven categories: Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Best Original Screenplay, Best Ensemble, and Best Editing. But even though it’s not expected to earn the most nominations, our predictors think it’ll be the big winner. It’s the odds-on favorite for Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, and Editing.

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Gone Girl” is also predicted in seven categories, including Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Actress (Rosamund Pike), and Best Adapted Screenplay, the last of which it’s tipped to win.

The Imitation Game” won’t be far behind. Its six nominations will include Best Picture, Best Director (Morten Tyldum), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Multiple films will be up for five awards. Among them, “Foxcatcher,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Unbroken” will be cited for Best Picture.

“Grand Budapest,” which recently earned a nomination for Best Ensemble at SAG, will contend in that race at Critics Choice as well, in addition to Best Original Screenplay and below-the-line bids for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

Foxcatcher’s” additional nominations will be Best Actor (Steve Carell), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Best Ensemble, and Best Makeup and Hair.

“Selma” will be up for Best Director (Ava DuVernay), Best Actor (David Oyelowo), Best Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson), and Best Original Screenplay.

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Unbroken” will also be nominated for Best Director (Angelina Jolie), and its remaining three nods will be Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Score.

“Theory of Everything” will compete for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Score, and it will be the only film nominated in both lead acting categories, for Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Into the Woods” is predicted to be nominated five times: for Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep) and Best Ensemble, as well as below-the-line wins for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hair.

Interstellar‘s” five predicted bids will all be below-the-line. It’s the frontrunner for Best Score and Best Visual Effects, and it’s also likely to be recognized for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Production Design.

Whiplash” will round out the Best Picture lineup, though it will only receive three other nominations: Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons, who is the frontrunner to win, as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.

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