Move over Boyhood, you’ve dominated the Golden Globes! Now it’s time for one of its contenders to shine.
Yes, I’m talking about Birdman, which had a total of seven wins at the 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards that took place last week at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Three of the awards belong to Michael Keaton, who walked away with Best Actor, Best Comedy Actor and Best Acting Ensemble.
After collecting his third award, he fell while walking off stage! Lucky for him, his tumble wasn’t captured on camera. (Darn it!) But later on, he said: “I took the Birdman flying thing way too far”.
Boyhood, which nabbed three major Golden Globes awards earlier this week, scored the second highest by winning four awards — Best Picture, Richard Linklater for Best Director, Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress and Ellar Coltrane for Best Young Actor/Actress.
But what I find interesting is the fact that the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards gave chances to movies that were snubbed by the Oscars, like The Lego Movie. They won Best Animated Feature and while accepting the award, the movie’s co-director Chris Miller said: “What a roller coaster of emotions today has been.” But it’s OK because everything is awesome now. Cue the song!
And also, one of my favourite actresses, Jessica Chastain was honoured with the first ever Critics’ Choice MVP award! According to the award presenter and her Zero Dark Thirty co-star, Chris Pratt, the award that is created by the Broadcast Film Critics Association is to celebrate the work of an actor/actress who has worked in a number of nominated movies. Chastain has appeared in three movies last year — Miss Julie, Interstellar and A Most Violent Year and after accepting her award, she made a strong statement in her speech.
“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, sexist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and racist agendas. I’m an optimist and I can’t help but feeling hopeful about the future of film, especially looking at all the 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. Thank you.”
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Young Actor/Actress: Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Acting Ensemble: Birdman
Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Original screenplay: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo, Birdman
Adapted screenplay: Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Art direction: Adam Stockhausen (production designer), Anna Pinnock (set decorator), The Grand Budapest Hotel
Editing: Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, Birdman
Costume design: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hair and makeup: Guardians of the Galaxy
Visual effects: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Animated feature: The Lego Movie
Action movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Actor in an action movie: Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Actress in an action movie: Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
Comedy: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Actor in a comedy: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Actress in a comedy: Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Sci-fi/horror movie: Interstellar
Foreign language film: Force Majeure
Documentary feature: Life Itself
Song: Common, John Legend, Glory from Selma
Score: Antonio Sanchez, Birdman