Oscars Watch: 2014 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

There is no denying that “Boyhood” has the edge coming out of the film critics awards. But remember that the film critics are not apart of the Academy. It will all depend on whether the Academy feels like commending Richard Linklater on his 12 year efforts and supporting the independent process. Or whether they will turn to a much more pristine candidate like “Birdman”. Best Actress has still be all over the place, positioning Julianna Moore (“Still Alice”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), and Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”) in a nice place to all get nominations. I am curious to find out if all the Mica Levi love for her Original Score in “Under The Skin” will translate into an Academy nomination.

Here is the official list for the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards:

BEST PICTURE: “Boyhood”
BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”)
BEST ACTOR: Michael Keaton (“Birdman”)
BEST ACTRESS: Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”)
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”)
BEST ART DIRECTION: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (TIE): Emmanuel Lubezki (“Birdman”) & Robert Yeoman (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”)
BEST EDITING: Tom Cross (“Whiplash”)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Mica Levi (“Under The Skin”)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: “The Lego Movie”
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “Life Itself”
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: “Force Majeure”
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER: Jack O’Connell (“Starred Up” / “Unbroken”)
MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER: Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”)

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