2014 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Winners

One of the last major critics' organizations to weigh in with their awards each year is the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), now in its 25th year. This group is made up of print, electronic, and online journalists representing the country's third largest metropolitan area. Held annually, the CFCA's newsworthy and prestigious awards honor outstanding film works, performances, and individuals. The parent association was founded in 1990 by film critic Sue Kiner after the successful launch of the Chicago Film Critics Awards in 1989. There are 17 categories.

Adding to the pile of critics' accolades it's received so far, Richard Linklater's Boyhood took top honors for Best Picture. Its three awards included Best Director and Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress. Tying Boyhood with three wins were The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman.

Here are the 2014 nominees and winners (in BOLD):

BEST PICTURE
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Under the Skin
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson--The Grand Budapest Hotel
David Fincher--Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu--Birdman
Richard Linklater--Boyhood
Christopher Nolan--Interstellar

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch--The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal--Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton--Birdman
David Oyelowo--Selma
Eddie Redmayne--The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard--Two Days, One Night
Scarlett Johansson--Under the Skin
Julianne Moore--Still Alice
Rosamund Pike--Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon--Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin--Inherent Vice
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
Laura Dern--Wild
Agata Kulesza--Ida
Emma Stone--Birdman

BEST ORIGNAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman--Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo
Boyhood--Richard Linklater
Calvary--John Michael McDonagh
The Grand Budapest Hotel--Wes Anderson
Whiplash--Damien Chazelle

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl--Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game--Graham Moore
Inherent Vice--Paul Thomas Anderson
Under the Skin--Walter Campbell & Jonathan Glazer
Wild--Nick Hornby

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Ida
Mommy
The Raid 2
Two Days, One Night

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Citizenfour
Jodorowsky's Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
Into The Woods
Only Lovers Left Alive
Snowpiercer

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman--Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel--Robert Yeoman
Ida--Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal
Inherent Vice--Robert Elswit
Interstellar--Hoyte Van Hoytema

BEST EDITING
Birdman--Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrion
Boyhood--Sandra Adair
Gone Girl--Kirk Baxter
The Grand Budapest Hotel--Barney Pilling
Whiplash--Tom Cross

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Birdman--Antonio Sanchez
The Grand Budapest Hotel--Alexandre Desplat
The Imitation Game--Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar--Hans Zimmer
Under the Skin--Mica Levi

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Ellar Coltrane--Boyhood
Gugu Mbatha-Raw--Belle/Beyond the Lights
Jack O'Connell--Starred Up/Unbroken
Tony Revolori--The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jenny Slate--Obvious Child
Agata Trzebuchowska--Ida

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Damien Chazelle--Whiplash
Dan Gilroy--Nightcrawler
Jennifer Kent--The Babadook
Jeremy Saulnier--Blue Ruin
Justin Simien--Dear White People


Nominations By The Numbers
9--Birdman
8--The Grand Budapest Hotel
7--Boyhood
5--Whiplash
4--Gone Girl, Ida, Interstellar, Under the Skin
3--The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, Wild
2--Nightcrawler, Two Days, One Night
1--The Babadook, Belle, Beyond the Lights, Big Hero 6, Blue Ruin, The Boxtrolls, Calvary, Citizenfour, Dear White People, Force Majeure, Foxcatcher, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Into the Woods, Jodorowsky's Dune, Last Days in Vietnam, The Lego Movie, Life Itself, Mommy, A Most Violent Year, Obvious Child, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Overnighters, The Raid 2, Selma, Snowpiercer, Starred Up, Still Alice, Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The Theory of Everything, Unbroken



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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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