Birdman soars at Critics’ Choice Awards

By admin
16 January 2015

Birdman was a huge hit at the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

Michael Keaton picked up trophies in both the Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Actor categories at the star-studded event for his role as protagonist Riggan in the dramedy.

Birdman, which also stars Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis, also scooped up awards for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Acting Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay. The movie about a washed up actor on a mission to reclaim his lost glory received 13 Critics’ Choice nods, taking home seven trophies total.

Jessica Chastain stunned the crowd with a moving speech as she accepted her trophy for the special Critics’ Choice MVP Award. The two-time Academy Award-nominated actress pushed for more diversity in Hollywood, in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday celebrated in America Monday January 19.

“Today is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday so it got me thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry and to stand together against homophobic, sexiest, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and racist agendas,” Jessica noted. “I’m an optimist and I can’t help but feeling hopeful about the future of film, especially looking at all these beautiful people in this room. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter’ and I would like to encourage everyone in this room to please speak up.”

Jessica starred in four films last year, including The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Miss Julie, Interstellar and A Most Violent Year. She received a Critics’ Choice Best Supporting Actress nod for her work in A Most Violent Year, but lost the trophy to Patricia Arquette on the night, who won for Boyhood.

Another moving moment took place when Emily Blunt accepted her award after winning the Best Actress in an Action Movie category, a nod she picked up for portraying Special Forces warrior Rita in futuristic sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow. Her husband John Krasinski surprised her onstage with a kiss. The couple recently became parents, welcoming daughter Hazel in February 2014, and Emily proved they’re one of the sweetest couples in Hollywood with her acceptance speech.

"Finally, to my sneaky husband, John Krasinski, for being okay with the fact that he was married to a veiny, sinewy wrestler for the duration of this film, and also coming up with my favourite line ever which was, 'I'm terrified I'm gonna wake up one morning and you're benching me,' Which i did, just to kind of freak him out,” she smiled as the crowd cheered her on.

"It's the greatest thing in the world to not be a damsel in distress in an action movie – ah, so cool! And I will just be forever grateful for the title of full-metal b***h."

20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Full Winners’ List:

Best Picture: Boyhood

Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Comedy: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actress in a Comedy: Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

Best Actor in a Comedy: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Song: Glory, Common/John Legend, Selma

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Animated Feature: The Lego Movie

Best Action Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Actress in an Action Movie: Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow

Best Actor in an Action Movie: Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Best Young Actor/Actress: Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood

Best Acting Ensemble: Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay: Gone Girl

Best Original Screenplay: Birdman

Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie: Interstellar

Best Documentary Feature: Life Itself

Best Cinematography: Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Visual Effects: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Best Editing: Birdman, Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione

Best Art Direction: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator

Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero

Best Hair & Makeup: Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Score: Antonio Sanchez, Birdman

Best Foreign Language Film: Force Majeure (Sweden)

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