Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ best film, Michael Keaton’s ‘Birdman’ wins 7 nods at Critics Choice

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Los Angeles | Updated: January 16, 2015 4:00:48 PM

Richard Linklater's coming-of-age drama 'Boyhood' walked away with best picture and director trophies at the 20th Critics' Choice Movie...

Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age drama ‘Boyhood’ walked away with best picture and director trophies at the 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards while ‘Birdman’ won seven trophies.

Michael Keaton, who plays a washed up actor trying to resurrect his career in ‘Birdman’ claimed trophies for best actor, best comedy actor and best acting ensemble.

Julianne Moore continued her Golden Globe win by claiming the Critics Choice trophy for best actress for ‘Still Alice’ as did J K Simmons, who won best supporting actor win for ‘Whiplash’. Both are nominated for an Oscar.

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, which tied up with ‘Birdman’ at the Oscars with nine nominations, took three awards including best comedy.

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ took two trophies at the event.

‘The Lego Movie’, which failed to gain an Oscar nod in the best animated category, won the Critics Choice trophy for the same.

Documentary on film critic Roger Ebert ‘Life Itself’ was named the best documentary though it failed to garner an Oscar nomination.

Sweden’s ‘Majeure’ won best foreign language film.

The films that failed to open account at Critics choice were ‘The Imitation Game’, which had six nominations, and ‘The Theory Of Everything’, which had five.

Kevin Costner received the Lifetime Achievement Award while Jessica Chastain won Critics’ Choice MVP Award.

The newly introduced trophy is given to an actor for their work in several remarkable films in a year. Chastain starred in ‘Interstellar’, ‘Miss Julie’, ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘A Most Violent Year’.

In her acceptance speech, Chastain strongly spoke about prejudices, a touchy topic considering ‘Selma’ was ignored in the best director and acting categories by Academy.

“Today is Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and it got me to thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry and to stand together against homophobia, sexism, misogynistic, anti-Semetic and racist agendas.

“I’m an optimist, and I can’t help but feeling hopeful about the future of film, especially looking at all the beautiful people in this room,” Chastain said in her strong speech.

Ron Howard was named Louis XIII Critics’ Choice Genius Award.

The ceremony was hosted by Michael Strahan.

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