The Broadcast Film Critics Association holds The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards to honor the finest films and actors of the year in 28 categories. This year’s show broadcast live from the Hollywood Palladium hosted by co-host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan.
Birdman lead this year with thirteen nominations and garnered 7 awards including Best Ensemble, Best Score awarded to Antonio Sanchez, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy for Michael Keaton.
Ellar Coltrane won Best Young Actor/Actress for his role in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, Richard Linklater took home the award for Best Director, and the film won Best Film. The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Comedy, and Best Costume Design. Julianne Moore took home the award for Best Actress for her role as a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in Still Alice.
In the Action category, Bradley Cooper took home Best Actor in an Action Movie for American Sniper, while Emily Blunt won Best Actress in an Action Movie for Edge of Tomorrow and Guardians of the Galaxy was awarded Best Action Movie. The Lego Movie took home Best Animated Film, which meant even more after a snub this morning in the Oscar nominations.
During the ceremony, Kevin Costner, Ron Howard, and Jessica Chastain received special honors. Costner was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Ron Howard was presented with the LOUIS XIII Critics’ Choice Genius Award which honors an icon who has demonstrated unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts, and Jessica Chastain received the first ever Critics’ Choice MVP Award recognizing her as an extraordinary actor for her work in multiple standout movies (Interstellar, Miss Julie, A Most Violent Year, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) in a single year.
One of the best takeaways of this year’s show is Jessica Chastain’s speech accepting the Critics’ Choice MVP Award: “”