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Jeff Bayer's Official BFCA Ballot for the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are days away. They will air live on A&E Thursday, January 15. Thanks to my in-laws, my wife and I will be escaping our son and attending the event. I might tweet (@bayerjeff) a few things while I am there, but otherwise, I'll just be enjoying myself. As a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), I have a vote, and below is my official ballot.


NOMINATIONS FOR THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS Jeff Bayer's votes are in bold italics.

BEST PICTURE Birdman Boyhood Gone Girl The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Nightcrawler Selma The Theory of Everything Unbroken Whiplash

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 Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Into the Woods Selma

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 CINEMATOGRAPY Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman Interstellar – Hoyte Van Hoytema Mr. Turner – Dick Pope Unbroken – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION Birdman – Kevin Thompson/Production Designer, George DeTitta Jr./Set Decorator The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator Inherent Vice – David Crank/Production Designer, Amy Wells/Set Decorator Interstellar – Nathan Crowley/Production Designer, Gary Fettis/Set Decorator Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator Snowpiercer – Ondrej Nekvasil/Production Designer, Beatrice Brentnerova/Set Decorator

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 & MAKEUP Foxcatcher Guardians of the Galaxy The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Into the Woods Maleficent

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 Interstellar

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 Fury 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 ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow Scarlett Johansson – Lucy Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy Shailene Woodley – Divergent

BEST COMEDY Birdman 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 MOVIE The Babadook Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Interstellar Snowpiercer Under the Skin

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Force Majeure Ida Leviathan Two Days, One Night Wild Tales

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Citizenfour 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

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