Michael Keaton in a scene from the movie Birdman.
Michael Keaton in a scene from the movie Birdman. Atsushi Nishijima

Birdman wins big at Critics' Choice Awards

BIRDMAN was the clear favourite at today's Critics' Choice Awards.

The comedy drama, about a washed-up actor trying to reboot his career on Broadway, took out seven awards including Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy for star Michael Keaton.

The 20th annual awards, which are decided by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, were held at the Hollywood Palladium and include several categories not featured at the Oscars, such as Best Young Actor.

Golden Globe favourite Boyhood was named Best Picture, one of four awards wins.

The Lego Movie, which has been trending on Twitter today because of its Oscars snub, was named Best Animated Feature.

Sci-fi adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, which is up for two Oscars next month, was named Best Action Movie and recognised for Best Hair & Makeup.

While director Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel tied Birdman for the most Oscars nominations this morning, it only took home three Critics' Choice Awards including Best Comedy.

Critics' Choice Movie Awards winners:


Best Picture



Best Actor

Michael Keaton, Birdman


Best Actress

Julianne Moore, Still Alice


Best Director

Richard Linkater, Boyhood


Best Comedy
The Grand Budapest Hotel


Best Actress In A Comedy
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child


Best Actor In A Comedy
Michael Keaton, Birdman


Best Song
Glory, Common/John Legend, Selma


Best Score

Antonio Sanchez, Birdman


Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood


Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash


Best Animated Feature
The Lego Movie


Best Action Movie
Guardians of the Galaxy


Best Actress In An Action Movie
Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow


Best Actor In An Action Movie
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper


Best Young Actor/Actress
Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood


Best Acting Ensemble


Best Documentary Feature

Life Itself


Best Foreign Language Film

Force Majeure


Best Adapted Screenplay (pre-telecast)
Gone Girl


Best Original Screenplay (pre-telecast)


Best Sci Fi/Horror Movie (pre-telecast)


Best Cinematography (pre-telecast)
Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki


Best Visual Effects (pre-telecast)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Best Editing (pre-telecast)
Birdman, Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione


Best Art Direction (pre-telecast)
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator


Best Costume Design (pre-telecast)
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero


Best Hair & Makeup (pre-telecast)
Guardians of the Galaxy