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The Birdman train to eventual Oscar glory keeps chugging along. The Michael Keaton film leads the pack (once again) with 13 nominations, this time for the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Close behind were The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood with 11 and eight nominations respectively. Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken which was snubbed at the Golden Globes earned a Best Picture nod.

Legendary Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan will serve as the show’s host which will air live on A&E at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 15. As announced previously, Kevin Costner, Ron Howard and Jessica Chastain will each receive special honors at the ceremony.

Costner will receive their Lifetime Achievement Award while Ron Howard will be bestowed with the LOUIS XIII Critics’ Choice Genius Award. That latter is given to honor an icon who has demonstrated unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts. Chastain receives the inaugural ‘Critics’ Choice MVP Award which recognizes an extraordinary actor for their work in several standout movies throughout a single year. She definitely deserves it with for her critically-acclaimed work in Interstellar, Miss Julie, A Most Violent Year and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Check out all of this year’s nominations below.

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2014 Critics Choice Movie Awards Winners

In: Donovan, Movies

The 19th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards were held on Thursday, January 16 at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Aisha Tyler hosted the event, honoring the finest achievements in filmmaking the past year.

Gravity rocketed to the top, walking away with a record seven wins. However, 12 Years A Slave was the big winner by snatching Best Picture honors. For the most part, the winners lined up with those who walked away with Golden Globes statues a few days ago. The most notable exception was Lupita Nyong’o taking Best Supporting Actress honors over Jennifer Lawrence.

The American Hustle actress shouldn’t be too worried about her Oscar chances. Last year, Jessica Chastain beat her for Best Actress at the Critics Choice but lost the Academy Award. As much as I love J-Law, I’m rooting for Lupita. I love an underdog. American Hustle didn’t walk away empty-handed. It took home four awards for Best Acting Ensemble, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy for Amy Adams.

Speaking of Adams, it’s looking like a tight race for the Best Actress Oscar between Amy and Cate Blanchett. Once again, both won a statue, but since comedy and drama were separated, it’s difficult to predict who’ll bask in Oscar glory. At the upcoming SAGs, Adams was snubbed so there’s no direct competition between these two at a major awards show until the main event. Amy is the only Best Actress Oscar nominee this year without an Academy Award statue to her name. Once again, I’m rooting for the underdog.

Over on the men’s side, Matthew McConaughey is solidifying himself as the frontrunner. Don’t count out Leonardo DiCaprio just yet. The Wolf of Wall Street is picking up steam. DiCaprio could sneak pass McConaughey for the win because Leo has never won despite being nominated numerous times. It could be his time finally. Check out all the winners below.

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2013 Critics’ Choice Awards: Fashion Roundup

In: Donovan, Fashion, Movies

Can you tell we’re in the heart of awards season? On Wednesday, the People’s Choice Awards took place. On Thursday, the Oscar nominations were announced and this Sunday it’s the Golden Globes turn to take front and center. Sandwiched in between all that action were the 18th Critics’ Choice Awards.

Ben Affleck experienced heartbreak earlier in the day when the Academy snubbed him for Best Director, despite Argo earning seven Oscar nominations. What a difference a few hours make, the 40-year-old walked away with Best Directing honors from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and Best Picture for Argo. This was Affleck’s Oscars. Clearly, the Academy is still punishing him for Gigli ;)

The big winner of the night was Silver Linings Playbook scoring Best Comedy Movie, Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy and Best Ensemble. The film’s female lead Jennifer Lawrence also nabbed a win for her role in The Hunger Games to match her Silver Linings Playbook Best Actress statue. Not only was Lawrence the critics’ darling, but she also wowed fashinistas everywhere. After a ho-hum fashion showing at the People’s Choice, girl revved it up for the Critics’ Choice. Hands down the best dressed. Check out other noteworthy fashion statements below.

check out my picks after the jump

At the beginning of the awards season, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty looked unstoppable. With Lincoln leading the pack with 13 nominations at the 2013 Critics Choice Movie Awards, it’s looking like a two horse race for the Best Picture Oscar. The Steven Spielberg film earned CCMA nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field) to name a few.

Also scoring multiple noms is Jennifer Lawrence. The 22-year-old actress has four chances to win an award when the winners are announced on The CW on Thursday, January 10, 2013. She’s in the running for Best Actress, Best Actress in a Comedy, and Best Ensemble for The Silver Linings Playbook, as well as Best Actress in an Action Movie for The Hunger Games. Her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper was also recognized.

Out of all the nominations, the one I’m most excited for is Naomi Watts finally getting some love for her amazing work in The Impossible. I attended an early screening of the flick and was blown away. It’s her movie along with Tom Holland’s breakthrough performance. That kid is EVERYTHING in the tsunami flick. Holland as well received some love from the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Check out all the nominees below.

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2012 Oscar Watch: Critics Choice Movie Award Winners

In: Donovan, Movies

How prophetic was Entertainment Weekly’s cover kicking off the 2012 Oscar Race? Both George Clooney and Viola Davis who appeared on the cover walked away as winners in their respective lead acting category. At the beginning of the awards season, it looked like a two-way race for Best Actress Oscar between Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn). In the past few weeks, Davis is the one with all the momentum. It’ll be interesting to see what happens at this weekend’s Golden Globes. Is Viola now the frontrunner?

Davis wasn’t the only actress from “The Help” to walk to the podium. Octavia Spencer beat out her co-star Jessica Chastain and the other nominees to win Best Supporting Actress accolades from the Broadcast Film Critics. The period drama also walked away with Best Acting Ensemble for the entire cast. You’d think with all this love, “The Help” won the top prize. Nope. Instead, it was Oscar frontrunner “The Artist” that earned the Best Picture award. The black and white film also earned it’s director Michel Hazanavicius an award, along with Best Costume Design and Best Score.

Other winners at the annual awards were “Bridesmaids” (Best Comedy Movie), “Rango” (Best Animated Feature), and “Drive” (Best Action Movie). Filmmaker Martin Scorsese and veteran actor Sean Penn were honored with Honorary Music & Film award and Joel Siegel award respectively. The awards were handed out at the Hollywood Palladium in a ceremony hosted by Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel. Check out all the night’s biggest winners below.

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