Boyhood and Birdman Fly High at the 2015 Critics Choice Awards

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The Broadcast Film Critics Assn.’s Critics Choice Awards split top awards between best picture winner “Boyhood” and “Birdman”.  The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. consists of nearly 300 reviewers from TV, radio and online. Airing live on A&E, it was hosted by Michael Strahan, star of the upcoming “Magic Mike XXL.”

The most nominated film of the evening “Birdman”  took prizes for score, original screenplay, ensemble and comedy actor and best actor award for Michael Keaton.

“Boyhood” racked up wins for director Richard Linklater, supporting actress Patricia Arquette and young performer Ellar Coltrane.   Julianne Moore won best actress for “Still Alice.”  Best adapted screenplay went to “Gone Girl”  and J.K. Simmons added to his long list of awards with his supporting actor win for “Whiplash.”

Other comedy honors went to “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for best movie and Jenny Slate from “Obvious Child” for comedy actress.

“The Lego Movie,” which didn’t land an Oscar nom won best animated film.

“A Most Violent Year’s” Jessica Chastain won the first-time MVP award where she eloquently went on record as being pro-divesity in the movie industry. Ron Howard was honored with the Genius award and in accepting his honor stated, “Let’s just find a story that we believe in, and let’s go out and make it.”

Lifetime Achievement honors went out to one of my favs…Kevin Costner for lifetime achievement. He gave some much needed sage advice for the acting community, “Nobody has it better than the actors, so try to act grateful.”

Best song went to “Glory” from “Selma,” with Common dedicating the award to his father.

Action movies get their own category at the Critics Choice, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” winning for best action movie, Bradley Cooper winning action actor for “American Sniper” and Emily Blunt winning action actress for “Edge of Tomorrow.”  Best sci fi or horror film honor went to“Interstellar.”

The event was held at the Palladium in Hollywood continuing tradition of holding ceremonies about 12 hours after the announcement of Oscar nominations.

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