Alejandro González Iñárritu's innovative Birdman soars highest on the newly unveiled nomination list for the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 20th annual Critics' Choice Awards, racking up 13 total nods. Wes Anderson's sprawling comedy-caper The Grand Budapest Hotel follows with 11, and Richard Linklater's adolescence-spanning drama Boyhood has eight.
Birdman is nominated for Best Picture, and the cast – collectively recognized for Best Acting Ensemble – dominates in almost every possible area: Michael Keaton is up for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy (two separate categories), Edward Norton for Best Supporting Actor and Emma Stone for Best Supporting Actress. Iñárritu is nominated for Best Director, and the film is also up for Best Original Screenplay, Best Comedy, Best Score, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Art Direction.
In addition to Birdman, Grand Budapest and Boyhood, the other films nominated for Best Picture are Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Unbroken and Whiplash. Joining Iñárritu, Anderson and Linklater for Best Director are Ava DuVernay (Selma), David Fincher (Gone Girl) and Angelina Jolie (Unbroken).
The other nominees for Best Actor are Fiennes, Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), David Oyelowo (Selma) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). The nominees for Best Actress are Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
Christopher Nolan's expansive sci-fi drama Interstellar is up for seven awards, while Gone Girl and The Imitation Game follow with six apiece. The complete nomination list is available at the Critics' Choice Awards website.
The ceremony, hosted by Michael Strahan, will be held Thursday, January 15th, at the Hollywood Palladium and broadcast live on A&E.