Most of the usual suspects are here on the annual list of Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations. At this point, it’s a shock when Boyhood doesn’t lead the pack, as it does here with 13 nods. But unlike most film voting bodies, which usually tip five nominees in each category, the Broadcast Film Critics Association often chooses to nominate at least six. That’s how you wind up with acting nominations slightly outside the box like Josh Brolin for Inherent Vice and Tilda Swinton for Snowpiercer. Every actress on this list is versatile and accomplished, but between Snowpiercer, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Only Lovers Left Alive, Swinton achieved a chameleonic hat trick in 2014 that had less to do with prosthetic makeup, teeth, and wigs and more to do with her ability to dissolve into any role. It’s wonderful to see her recognized outside of the more niche awards lists.
It’s also great news to see the film Selma nominated in full force here after its recent SAG snub. Between the Critics’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, the timely civil rights drama is picking up a head of steam as we barrel towards the Oscars.