And the Winners Are…the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards!

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On the heels of the Oscar nominations, the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were handed out last night at the Hollywood Palladium.

As expected, Birdman took over the ceremony, racking up seven wins out of thirteen nominations.  Though it was Richard Linklater’s Boyhood that took home the top prize of Best Picture.  As the award season plays on towards the Academy Awards, it appears to be coming down to a two-man race between Birdman and Boyhood for the Best Picture Oscar.

The night seemed to right (or at least nudge) a few wrongs cast by yesterday’s Oscar nominations.  Gillian Flynn won Best Adapted Screenplay for her Gone Girl, which she  from her own novel.  The Lego Movie, woefully snubbed by the Academy despite widespread critical acclaim, won Best Animated Feature.

The Critics’ Choice Awards, handed out by the Broadcast Critics Association, features several categories not found in the Oscars or the Golden Globes.  The CCAs recognize outstanding achievements in genre films – action and sci-fi/horror – complete with Best Actor and Actress categories for action films.  Emily Blunt, who stood no chance in other award ceremonies, won Best Actress in an Movie for her work in Edge of Tomorrow. As straight sci-fi films continue to be roundly rejected by the Academy for the big prizes, the Critics’ Choice Awards allows those films to receive due recognition for their achievements. Is it time for other award ceremonies to add new categories to recognize works outside of drama and comedy? (And let’s face it, comedies rarely take home the biggest prizes.)

Several individual honors were also handed out by the BFCA.  Kevin Costner was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award and Jessica Chastain received the inaugural Critics’ Choice MVP Award.  The MVP honor recognizes an actor for their work in multiple movies in a single year.  This past year Chastain was featured in A Most Violent YearInterstellar, Miss Julie, and The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby.  Ron Howard received the Critics’ Choice Louis XIII Genius Award, which honors an icon for their unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts.

The complete winners:

Best Picture

Best Actor
Michael Keaton |

Best Actress
Julianne Moore |

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons |

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette |

Best Young Actor/Actress
Ellar Coltrane |

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Director
Richard Linklater |

Best Original Screenplay
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo |

Best Adapted Screenplay
Gillian Flynn |

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki |

Best Art Direction
Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Anna Pinnock (Set Decorator) |

Best Editing
Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione |

Best Costume Design
Milena Canonero |

Best Hair & Makeup

Best Visual Effects

Best Animated Feature

Best Movie

Best Actor in an Movie
Bradley Cooper |

Best Actress in an Movie
Emily Blunt |

Best

Best Actor in a
Michael Keaton |

Best Actress in a
Jenny Slate |

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

Best Foreign Language

Best Documentary Feature

Best Song
“Glory” | , Common and John Legend

Best Score
Antonio Sanchez |

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