Oscars 2014: BFCA Awards

The Critics Choice Awards were last night. Typically they’re a fairly good barometer for what’s going to win at the Oscars. You have to view it all in context, but they are very helpful.

Interesting that they waited to have the ceremony until the day Oscar nominations were announced, as if to plant the flag of, “We’re gonna be the one that sets the tone for the rest of the season.”

Anyway, here are your BFCA Award winners:

Best Picture



Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game



The Theory of Everything



That’s 7 out of your 8 Best Picture nominees (no American Sniper). Not to mention, the other two that most people figured were 9 and 10 on the list that didn’t get on due to all the preferential ballot stuff.

Winner: Boyhood

No surprise there. It’s gonna win everything. We’re just along for the ride at this point.

Best Director

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay, Selma

David Fincher, Gone Girl

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Angelina Jolie, Unbroken

Only three of your five Best Director nominees. Plus the two women.

Winner: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

The DGA will confirm, but this is gonna happen.

Best Actor

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

Only three of the five nominees are here. They’re missing Cooper and Carell.

Winner: Michael Keaton, Birdman

This is a bit of a surprise. But with SAG and BAFTA still to come, I don’t know if it’ll matter that much. He needs to win SAG, and even then there’s no guarantee. (Viola Davis won SAG and BFCA en route to losing to Meryl in 2011.)

He’s still in the conversation, though, which is good.

Best Actress

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

Your entire Oscar field is here. Not that it matters.

Winner: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

She’s gonna win. It’s already over.

Best Supporting Actor

Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Your Oscar field plus Brolin.

Winner: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Looks like he’s set for a win. Still need to wait for the SAG confirm, but it’s looking good so far.

Right now, only Best Actor is open. Everything else is pretty locked.

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

This category is missing Laura Dern. Not that it matters. She ain’t winning the Oscar.

Winner: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

This one seems all but locked at this point too. There’s no real other contender there.

Best Acting Ensemble



The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Into the Woods


Winner: Birdman

Well yeah, that makes sense.

Best Original Screenplay



The Grand Budapest Hotel



Winner: Birdman

Not a surprise. It seems to be on the fast track to winning this category at the Oscars as its major prize.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Gone Girl

The Imitation Game

Inherent Vice

The Theory of Everything



American Sniper isn’t here, and Whiplash was Original for them. So 3/5 the Oscar category.

Winner: Gone Girl

Wow. That’s a slap in the face to the Academy.

But that also means it won’t affect the Oscars at all.

Best Editing



Gone Girl



Winner: Birdman

Interesting choice. Given that the point is that there’s not really much editing. Though I imagine the thing there is that all the cuts are hidden, so that’s what they honored. So good for them. Still means nothing for the Oscar category now that they didn’t nominate it.

Best Cinematography


The Grand Budapest Hotel


Mr. Turner


Winner: Birdman

He should walk away with the Oscar.

Best Original Score

Birdman, Antonio Sanchez

Gone Girl, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

The Imitation Game, Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar, Hans Zimmer

The Theory of Everything, Johann Johannsson

I’m listening to all these scores now. All of them will make an appearance on my final list. So I’m okay with this. Birdman is ineligible, so that clearly won’t make it. Otherwise, I’m a fan of this list. The Imitation Game score was crazy good.

Best Original Song

“Big Eyes,” from Big Eyes

“Everything Is Awesome,” from The Lego Movie

“Glory,” from Selma

“Lost Stars,” from Begin Again

“Yellow Flicker Beat,” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Winner: “Glory,” from Selma

This is actually 3/5 your Oscar category. That’s not bad.

And “Glory” should win. I hope it does.

Best Art Direction


The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice


Into the Woods


Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

That makes sense. That seems to be your favorite to win the actual category at the moment.

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods


Mr. Turner

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mostly I’m taking away that they really liked that movie.

Best Hair & Makeup


Guardians of the Galaxy

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Into the Woods


Winner: Guardians of the Galaxy

Makes sense. Wonder which way the Oscars are gonna go.

Best Visual Effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Edge of Tomorrow

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies


Winner: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Sure. Hard time thinking Interstellar doesn’t actually win the Oscar, but sure.

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Lego Movie

Winner: The Lego Movie

Not to rub salt in the wound, but… this won’t matter at the Oscars.

Best Action Movie

American Sniper

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Edge of Tomorrow


Guardians of the Galaxy

Winner: Guardians of the Galaxy

No shit.

Best Actor in an Action Movie

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow

Chris Evans, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Brad Pitt, Fury

Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy

Winner: Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

He got nominated for an Oscar. Clearly he wins.

Best Actress in an Action Movie

Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow

Scarlett Johansson, Lucy

Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy

Shailene Woodley, Divergent

Winner: Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow

If you say so.

Best Young Actor/Actress

Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood

Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars

Mackenzie Foy, Interstellar

Jaeden Liberher, St. Vincent

Tony Revelori, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Noah Wiseman, The Babadook

Winner: Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood

How could he not win?

Best Comedy


The Grand Budapest Hotel

St. Vincent

Top Five

22 Jump Street

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Makes sense. That’s basically how the Globes went.

Best Actor in a Comedy

Jon Favreau, Chef

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Bill Murray, St. Vincent

Chris Rock, Top Five

Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street

Winner: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Well fucking really?

Best Actress in a Comedy

Rose Byrne, Neighbors

Rosario Dawson, Top Five

Melissa McCarthy, St. Vincent

Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

Kristen Wiig, The Skeleton Twins

Winner: Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

She was the obvious choice. And the most deserving.

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

The Babadook

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes



Under the Skin

Winner: Interstellar

Is anyone surprised?

Best Foreign Language Film

Force Majeure



Two Days, One Night

Wild Tales

Winner: Force Majeure

Well that doesn’t matter for the Oscars.

Best Documentary Feature


Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Last Days in Vietnam

Life Itself

The Overnighters

Winner: Life Itself

Have I mentioned how much I hate the Documentary branch of the Academy?

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Not much to say here, since it’s just stuff to reference for later, but those are your winners. The only one that really sticks out is the Keaton win. Gotta see if that plays itself out later on. Otherwise, everything is how we’re expecting it to go. Or at least how I’m expecting it to go.


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