Critics' Choice 2015

Live Stream, Nominees, Predictions, Lineup, Date

Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA, 8 January, 8pm

Hollywood awards ceremony

The Critics' Choice Awards is the second of the major awards ceremonies to take place in 2013, following the evening after the People's Choice Awards. It is being held this year at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, which is exactly what it sounds like, although it has been impressively converted to host events like this - the high vaulted ceilings are noted to really help with the acoustics of the location and it is often used to host concerts as well as awards and trade shows.

These awards are hosted by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have been held every year since 1985. The BFCA represents over 200 top industry critics so I guess you would have to lend a decent amount of weight to their opinions, although personally I think if I was an actor I would get more satisfaction from winning a People's Choice award - I think there's a certain impression you get of movie critics that perhaps they are a little "up themselves" and give more credibility to films based on perceived artiness rather than general public acclaim.

Having said that, it has been noted that the Critics Choice Movie Awards (sometimes abbreviated to CCMA) do actually have a higher correlation in picking winners with the most prestigious awards of all, The Oscars. I guess this would make sense if you think that it's the same sort of groups of people represented. The Hollywood Reporter recently noted that at the 2012 awards the 9 films selected for the CCMA Best Picture nominations were all also nominated for the Academy Awards, compared to only 7 of those chosen by the people as part of the people's choice awards.

There is an argument I suppose that the opinion of the people should be the main factor, and this is effectively monitored by box office success, but the counter-argument would then be that this discriminates against the smaller, independent film makers who don't have the budget and big name stars to reach the masses in the same way.

Either way, this is sure to be a great night out - the guest list may not be quite as glittering as some of the larger awards, but names such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Bob Dylan, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg were all at the event in previous years so there will certainly be no shortage or red carpet paparazzi appeal!

Nominations and Predictions

This year's event has moved to the Hollywood Palladium in LA.

The full list of nominations along with our predictions (marked in italics) are as below.

Best Picture
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
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
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
Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin - Inherent Vice
Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
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
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
Quvenzhane Wallis - Annie
Noah Wiseman - The Babadook
Best Acting Ensemble
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Best Director
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay - Selma
David Fincher - Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu - Birdman
Angelina Jolie - Unbroken
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay
Birdman - Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo
Boyhood - Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler - Dan Gilroy
Whiplash - Damien Chazelle
Best Adapted Screenplay
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game - Graham Moore
Inherent Vice - Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything - Anthony McCarten
Unbroken - Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson
Wild - Nick Hornby
Best Cinematography
Birdman - Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Robert Yeoman
Interstellar - Hoyte Van Hoytema
Mr. Turner - Dick Pope
Unbroken - Roger Deakins
Best Art Direction
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Best Editing
Birdman - Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
Boyhood - Sandra Adair
Gone Girl - Kirk Baxter
Interstellar - Lee Smith
Whiplash - Tom Cross
Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice - Mark Bridges
Into the Woods - Colleen Atwood
Maleficent - Anna B. Sheppard
Mr. Turner - Jacqueline Durran
Best Hair and Makeup
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
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
Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Best Action Movie
American Sniper
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
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
Best Comedy
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Top Five
22 Jump Street
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
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
Best Sci-fi/Horror Film
The Babadook
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Under the Skin
Best Foreign Film
Force Majeure
Two Days,
One Night Wild Tales
Best Documentary Feature
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
Jodorowsky's Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself The Overnighters
Best Song
Big Eyes - Lana Del Rey - Big Eyes
Everything Is Awesome - Jo Li and the Lonely Island - The Lego Movie
Glory - Common/John Legend - Selma
Lost Stars - Keira Knightley - Begin Again
Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Best Score
Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson - The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez - Birdman
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Live Streaming

In previous years the CCMA have been broadcast by VH1, but this year have made the move to the CW Network. This network isn't broadcast live online anywhere that we can find (please contact us if you know different) but there is a streaming section on their website that we would expect to have a copy of the show posted on afterwards:

CW Network Watch Now

One interesting feature this year is that the BFCA have joined with GoWatchIt to create an online channel where you can watch all the nominated movies - check it out here:

Go Watch It Critics Choice Movie Awards

This is an excellent idea which should catch on with some of the other big awards.

Hotels and Accommodation

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