Birdman led the field heading into tonight’s 2015 Critics Choice Awards with 13 total nominations followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel with 11 nominations, and Boyhood with eight. Of course, following this morning’s 2015 Oscar nominations all eyes were on the Critics Choice Awards to see how this awards season will continue to flow.
Some were already declaring the Oscars irrelevant, bypassed by the likes of the more diverse list of nominees at both the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards as the Oscars failed to nominate Selma and saw a list of acting nominees dominated by all-white actors. Personally, I think people are looking to blame the Academy for overall industry ills, but I guess there is some level of importance to be placed on being the organization to move the dial. Is that by nominations alone? How much do winners matter? That’s probably a question best left for another time, as for tonight’s awards…
The night began with wins for Birdman and Gone Girl in the original and adapted screenplay categories respectively. Of course, Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl script was one of the most noteworthy “snubs” from this morning’s Oscar nominations.
[amz asin=”B00N1JQ2UO” size=”small”]Birdman quickly snagged its second award of the night, winning for Best Ensemble, while Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper won Best Actor in an Action film for his work in American Sniper… I’d personally say that’s a stretch of a definition, to call that film an “action film”, but whatever. My vote in that category went to Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, but while Cruise didn’t win, my vote for Best Female Action Star came true with a win for Cruise’s co-star Emily Blunt. Guardians of the Galaxy ended up taking the award for overall Best Action Film while Interstellar took home the award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror film.
Keeping the battle of Oscars vs. the world alive, the award for Best Animated Feature went to The Lego Movie, which, of course, was also not nominated for an Academy Award. “What a roller coaster of emotions this is today,” co-director Phil Lord said upon accepting the award.
J.K. Simmons took home Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash, an award he’ll be picking up everywhere he goes this award season as will Patricia Arquette who followed Simmons with a Best Supporting Actress win for Boyhood.
From there it was the Boyhood and Birdman show with Boyhood taking home Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Picture while Birdman was the night’s biggest award winner, taking home seven statues to Boyhood‘s four, thanks in large part to the comedy category where it won Best Comedy Actor, which was one of two acting wins for Michael Keaton as he also took home Best Actor. The Grand Budapest Hotel took home Best Comedy as one of its three wins.
For that matter the top categories all played very chalky with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) rounding out the night’s top awards, winning for Best Actress.
Other notable wins include the likes of Force Majeure for Best Foreign Language, Life Itself for Best Documentary and Antonio Sanchez‘s Birdman score as well as Birdman for editing. All notable, of course, because none were nominated in their respective categories for an Oscar, Sanchez’s score, in fact, was deemed inelligible.
The complete list of winners and nominees is directly below with winners highlighted in bold, red text.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman)
Angelina Jolie (Unbroken)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
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)
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
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
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)
Birdman (Emmanuel Lubezki)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Robert Yeoman)
Interstellar (Hoyte Van Hoytema)
Mr. Turner (Dick Pope)
Unbroken (Roger Deakins)
BEST ART DIRECTION
Birdman (Kevin Thompson/Production Designer, George DeTitta Jr./Set Decorator)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator)