‘Birdman’ Wins Big at 2015 Critics Choice Awards

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman flew off with another seven top honours at the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood on Thursday.

The movie picked up the event’s first award for Best Acting Ensemble and went on to win another six accolades, including Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Score, while the film’s star Michael Keaton added two more trophies to his collection – for Best Actor and Best Actor In A Comedy.

In his acceptance speech for the latter he noted, “Nobody is really better than anyone else, but I’ll take this (award).”

The Grand Budapest Hotel, which, like Birdman, had picked up nine Oscar nominations earlier in the day, claimed three Critics Choice Awards, including Best Comedy, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design, while another Academy Awards favourite, Boyhood, scored four prizes – the top honor for Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), and Best Young Actor (Ellar Coltrane).

Other winners included Julianne Moore (Best Actress for Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash), Bradley Cooper (Best Actor in an Action Movie for American Sniper), and Emily Blunt (Best Actress in an Action Movie for Edge of Tomorrow).

Chris Miller, the co-writer/director of The LEGO Movie had a very special reason to celebrate his win for Best Animated Movie, as it came just hours after the film was snubbed in the same category at the Oscar nominations.

He said, “What a rollercoaster of emotions today has been.”

Meanwhile, special awards went to veteran director/producer Ron Howard, who was handed the Louis XIII Genius Award, Kevin Costner, who was feted with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Jessica Chastain, who was presented with the first ever MVP Award, celebrating her multiple roles in films throughout the year, including A Most Violent Year, Interstellar, Miss Julie and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Picture – Boyhood
Best Actor – Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Actress – Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Best Acting Ensemble – cast of Birdman
Best Director – Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Original Screenplay – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo (Birdman)
Best Adapted Screenplay – Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Young Actor/Actress – Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
Best Art Direction – Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Best Editing – Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione (Birdman)
Best Costume Design – Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Best Hair and Makeup – Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Visual Effects – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Best Animated Feature – The LEGO Movie
Best Action Movie – Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Actor In An Action Movie – Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Best Actress In An Action Movie – Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow)
Best Comedy – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor In A Comedy – Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Actress In A Comedy – Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)
Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie – Interstellar
Best Foreign Language Film – Force Majeure (Sweden)
Best Documentary Feature – Life Itself
Best Song – Glory by Common and John Legend (Selma)
Best Score – Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Louis XIII Genius Award – Ron Howard
Lifetime Achievement Award – Kevin Costner
MVP Award – Jessica Chastain

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