And on to (predicting) the Critics Choice Awards!

The 20th Critics Choice Movie Awards are almost upon us.

Last night, the Golden Globes happened. Je Suis Charlies and shots at North Korea were taken, not in the literal sense, but it was a frivolous evening all the same. There were some surprises and not-so surprising turn of events, but its history. The future now turns to the Broadcast Film Critics Association, where the 20th Annual Critics Choice Awards will be telecast this Thursday, the same day when the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards will be announced, and this could be the event that paints a picture of who might win on Oscar night. What separates the Golden Globes from the Critics Choice Awards is that the Critics Choice Awards have a more wide-ranging field of categories, including technical achievements, instead of just acting, writing and directing. I will pay attention to most of the categories rather than just all of them when it comes to my predictions. Here is my idea of how things will turn out:

Best Score:

  • Alexandre Desplat-The Imitation Game
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson-The Theory of Everything
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross-Gone Girl
  • Antonio Sanchez-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Hans Zimmer-Interstellar

Winner: Antonio Sanchez-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Song:

  • “Big Eyes,” by Lana Del Rey-Big Eyes
  • “Everything is Awesome,” by Jo Li and the Lonely Island-The LEGO Movie
  • “Glory,” by Common and John Legend-Selma
  • “Lost Stars,” by Keira Knightley-Begin Again
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat,” by Lorde-The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt I

Winner: “Glory,” by Common and John Legend-Selma

Best Documentary:

  • Citizenfour
  • Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  • Jorodowski’s Dune
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • Life Itself
  • The Overnighters

Winner: Citizenfour

Best Foreign Language Film:

  • Force Majure Turist
  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Two Days, One Night
  • Wild Tales

Winner: Force Majure Turist

Best Animated Feature:

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Book of Life
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The LEGO Movie

Winner: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best Visual Effects:

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar

Winner: Interstellar

Best Hair and Makeup:

  • Foxcatcher
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent

Winner: Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Costume Design:

  • Milena Canonero-The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Mark Bridges-Inherent Vice
  • Colleen Atwood-Into the Woods
  • Anna B. Sheppard-Maleficent
  • Jacqueline Durran-Mr. Turner

Winner: Milena Canonero-The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Editing:

  • Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Sandra Adair-Boyhood
  • Kirk Baxter-Gone Girl
  • Lee Smith-Interstellar
  • Tom Cross-Whiplash

Winner: Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Art Direction:

  • Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inherent Vice
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Snowpiercer

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Cinematography:

  • Emmanuel Lubezki-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Robert Yeoman-The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Hoyte Van Hoytema-Interstellar
  • Dick Pope-Mr. Turner
  • Roger Deakins-Unbroken

Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki-Birman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Gillian Flynn-Gone Girl
  • Graham Moore-The Imitation Game
  • Paul Thomas Anderson-Inherent Vice
  • Anthony McCarten-The Theory of Everything
  • The Coen Brothers, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson-Unbroken
  • Nick Hornby-Wild

Winner: Gillian Flynn-Gone Girl

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Richard Linklater-Boyhood
  • Wes Anderson-The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Dan Gilroy-Nightcrawler
  • Damien Chazelle-Whiplash

Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Young Actor/Actress:

  • Ellar Coltrane-Boyhood
  • Ansel Elgort-The Fault in Our Stars
  • Mackenzie Foy-Interstellar
  • Jaeden Lieberher-St. Vincent
  • Tony Revolori-The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Quevanzhané Wallis-Annie
  • Noah Wiseman-The Babadook

Winner: Ellar Coltrane-Boyhood

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Patricia Arquette-Boyhood
  • Jessica Chastain-A Most Violent Year
  • Keira Knightley-The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Meryl Streep-Into the Woods
  • Tilda Swinton-Snowpiercer

Winner: Patricia Arquette-Boyhood

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Josh Brolin-Inherent Vice
  • Robert Duvall-The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke-Boyhood
  • Edward Norton-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Mark Ruffalo-Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons-Whiplash

Winner: J.K. Simmons-Whiplash

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

Winner: Rosamund Pike-Gone Girl

Best Actor:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch-The Imitation Game
  • Ralph Fiennes-The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Jake Gyllenhaal-Nightcrawler
  • Michael Keaton-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • David Oyelowo-Selma
  • Eddie Redmayne-The Theory of Everything

Winner: Jake Gyllenhaal-Nightcrawler

Best Director:

  • Wes Anderson-The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ava DuVernay-Selma
  • David Fincher-Gone Girl
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu-Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Angelina Jolie-Unbroken
  • Richard Linklater-Boyhood

Winner: Richard Linklater-Boyhood

Best Picture:

Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Nightcrawler

Selma

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

Unbroken

Whiplash

Winner: Boyhood

You can find the full list of nominees can be found through the provided ling. The 20th Annual Critics Choice Awards will be telecast this Thursday on A&E at 9:00 PM. Talk show host and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan will host the event.

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