If awards-season fatigue has yet to catch up with you, may we offer you a massive roundup of critical noms and nods that just might change that? The past few hours have provided us with copious amounts of critical awards and nominations to plow through, so perhaps we should tackle them together. Put on your Boyhood/Birdman and/or Boyman/Birdhood pants.
To start, let’s go close to home. Last night, the Chicago Film Critics Association doled out its annual awards at what looks to have been a deeply fun-filled dinner. Of particular note to the Dissolve faithful, our own Keith Phipps, Scott Tobias, Tasha Robinson, Genevieve Koski, and Nathan Rabin are all voting members of the CFCA, so if you’re looking to get a teensy idea of some of the picks that just might end up on our own Best Of The Year list—which goes up this Thursday!—you’d do well to study these picks.
We’ll say no more.
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
BEST PICTURE: Boyhood
BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
BEST ACTOR: Michael Keaton, Birdman
BEST ACTRESS: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
BEST ART DIRECTION: The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (TIE): Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki and The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert Yeoman
BEST EDITING: Whiplash, Tom Cross
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Under the Skin, Mica Levi
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: The Lego Movie
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Life Itself
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: Force Majeure
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER: Jack O’Connell, Starred Up/Unbroken
MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Just across the pond, the London Critics’ Circle has now released its nominations for its own awards, a truly impressive lineup of talents and features. Take a look, and let yourself be keenly reminded that you might want to catch Mr. Turner before its too late to get on this particularly speedy bandwagon.
London Critics’ Circle Nominations
FILM OF THE YEAR: Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ida, Leviathan, Mr. Turner, Nightcrawler, The Theory of Everything, Under the Skin, Whiplash
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR: Ida, Leviathan, Norte The End of History, Two Days One Night, Winter Sleep
BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR: The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, Pride, The Theory of Everything, Under the Skin
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR: 20,000 Days on Earth, Citizenfour, Manakamana, Next Goal Wins, Night Will Fall
ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game, Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler, Michael Keaton - Birdman, Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything, Timothy Spall - Mr. Turner
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Marion Cotillard - Two Days One Night, Essie Davis - The Babadook, Scarlett Johansson - Under the Skin, Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars, Julianne Moore - Still Alice
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Riz Ahmed - Nightcrawler, Ethan Hawke - Boyhood, Edward Norton - Birdman, Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher, JK Simmons - Whiplash
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Patricia Arquette - Boyhood, Marion Bailey - Mr. Turner, Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year, Agata Kulesza - Ida, Emma Stone - Birdman
BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game, Tom Hardy - Locke & The Drop, Jack O’Connell - Starred Up & ‘71 & Unbroken, Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything, Timothy Spall - Mr. Turner
BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Emily Blunt - Into the Woods & Edge of Tomorrow, Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything, Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game & Begin Again & Say When, Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Belle, Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl & What We Did On Our Holiday
YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: Daniel Huttlestone - Into the Woods, Alex Lawther - The Imitation Game, Corey McKinley - ‘71, Will Poulter - The Maze Runner & Plastic, Saoirse Ronan - The Grand Budapest Hotel
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jonathan Glazer - Under the Skin, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu - Birdman, Richard Linklater - Boyhood, Mike Leigh - Mr. Turner
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR: Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Damien Chazelle - Whiplash, Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu & Nicolás Giacobone & Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo - Birdman, Richard Linklater - Boyhood
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER: Hossein Amini - The Two Faces of January, Elaine Constantine - Northern Soul, Yann Demange - ‘71, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard - 20,000 Days on Earth, James Kent - Testament of Youth
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: ‘71 - Chris Wyatt, editing; Birdman - Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematography; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Joe Letteri, visual effects; The Grand Budapest Hotel - Adam Stockhausen, production design; Inherent Vice - Mark Bridges, costumes; Leviathan - Mikhail Krichman, cinematography; Mr. Turner - Dick Pope, cinematography; A Most Violent Year - Kasia Walicka-Maimone, costumes; Under the Skin - Mica Levi, score; Whiplash - Tom Cross, editing
Still eager for more awards goodness? Then skip on over to IndieWire to check out the site’s certifiably massive 2014 Year-End Critics Poll, which features the picks of no fewer than 220 critics (including several Dissolve contributors). That should satisfy your awards hunger for, oh, at least the rest of the day.