Critics Choice noms: Angelina Jolie & Ralph Fiennes finally got nominated, yay


Sorry I didn’t cover this yesterday! In my defense… these are just the nominations for the Critics Choice Awards. It’s not like these are some big Oscar harbinger. And in my defense, they nominated EVERYBODY. Every single person who had a film out this year got a nomination. The Critics Choice people want everyone to come to their party. And finally, Angelina Jolie got nominated for Best Director. And Brad Pitt got nominated for Fury. And Bendy is in there, as is Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and… of course, Jennifer Aniston. You can see the full Critics Choice nominee list here. Some highlights:

Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

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

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

Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

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

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

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

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

[From Deadline]

There are also a bunch of comedic performance nominees, but you get the idea. I love that Ralph Fiennes is finally getting some recognition for his crazy-weird performance in The Grand Budapest Hotel, because whoever thought of putting Ralph in a Wes Anderson film is a GD genius. As for everything else… sigh. Is it weird that I still think Best Director and Best Picture are crazy-competitive this year? Boyhood has won a lot of the critics’ awards, but I think Birdman is a contender. And Selma is picking up major steam too. And seriously, who is going to win Best Actor? A lot of people think Keaton has it locked up, but I think he’s far from a sure thing. Last thing: YES TILDA SWINTON FOR EVERYTHING.




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  1. SpookySpooks says:

    If everyone got nominated, then this isn’t such a big deal, is it? I don’t think she’ll get an Oscar nom.

    Was Chadwick Boseman up for awards this or last year? He was amazing as James Brown.

    • Jayne says:

      Oh she’ll get a nom. Perhaps not in the directors category but her movie will get something. Her PR game is just too superb to be locked out. Unbroken premier went exactly as predicted I see, kids and all.

      • lisa2 says:

        Hardly predicted…

        they said Brad and the kids would be there. But they were there too for Maleficent.

      • Maya says:

        Umm as Lisa mentioned it was already confirmed Brad and the children will be there. So no prediction award for you I sm afraid.

        And also – rest of the cast and crew also brought their whole family with them to celebrate this movie and Louis alongside war veterans.

        It was touching to see two veterans who were there with Louis in the prison and they received standing ovation for their service.

      • Jayne says:

        Maleficent being an animated film of course. Unbroken? Silly question though. We all know what they were doing there. So lets all bow down yet again to the Grand Empress of public relations on three.

        And thats not snark dear Stans. I really am continually impressed by this womans media manipulation/strategising/whatever.

      • Lilliputian says:

        “Stan” is not an insult honey. Take me for instance, I’m a proud member of Riris Navy makes me a Rihanna stan. It just means you are a super fan, going over and above the call of a fans duty. Wear it proudly.

      • Amcn says:

        Call me Stan but I just think she is a lovely, genuine person who really cares and her husband and kids really care and they all support each other. If that’s great PR strategy, I’ve got a pretty great PR system myself!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Jayne, Malificent was live action, not animation.

      • Janet says:

        @Jayne: Maleficient was not animation. Funny how you can throw out comments about a film you obviously know nothing about.

    • Charlie says:

      I was wondering about Chadwick too.

  2. Someonestolemyname says:

    Yay ,Ralph Fiennes, the man is long over due for accolades. He is one of the best actors around!

    Congratulations to Angelina.
    Congrats to Brad Pitt too.

    Another Congratulations to Jennifer Anniston, Best Actress nom.

    • Kiddo says:

      I loved The Grand Budapest Hotel. There aren’t many films, other than classics, that I want to watch more than once, but I would with this movie.

      • Someonestolemyname says:


      • Anthea says:

        It was my favourite film of this year bar none. Exactly what I want from a film, an intriguing, charming story with some irreverent humour, great sets and some excellent performances from the cast. I wish more films were like it.

      • mia girl says:

        Yup. I’ve seen it twice at the theater and paid to see it again on a plane.
        It only gets more enjoyable.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I loved GBH, found it absolutely delightful and Fiennes wonderful. My octogenarian aunt loved it so much she’s giving DVDs of it as Christmas presents. And now, whenever I see a concierge’s key pin, I expect something marvelous to happen.

      • lucy2 says:

        Me too, I loved it. I think WA films are so funny, and I love the visuals as well. Ralph was great in this one, I am glad he was nominated and hope he is now in WA’s pool of actors for future work.

      • Diana B says:

        Yep. It was so quirky and funny. I loved it. And Ralph was awesome in it.

      • jammypants says:

        The Grand Budapest Hotel should get ensemble acting as well. It was flawless.

      • lunchcoma says:

        It was an excellent movie, and Ralph very much deserves these nominations, because just a few notes wrong in that performance could have thrown the whole tone of the movie off.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        Omg I thought Grand Budapest Hotel was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t even finish it!

      • Esmerelda says:

        Lovely movie, perfect and funny and serious. Now we know “What ever happened to F. Murray Abraham?”. And a great performance from Ralph Fiennes, I really hope he wins *everything*

    • Dani2 says:

      The Grand Budapest Hotel was phenomenal, Im pretty sure it’s one of the highest grossing indies of the year.

    • SpookySpooks says:

      I liked everything except the shitty eastern european accents. Wh not.hire Eastern Europeaan actors? They don’t do that with Spanish or French people.

      • Kiddo says:

        That didn’t bother me. Wes Anderson’s films are kind of other-worldly, so I don’t think absolute accuracy is necessary for his genre, but that’s just me.

      • Kiddo says:

        Adding: my ear isn’t attuned enough to know the difference, really, anyway. So maybe ignorance is bliss?

      • Diana B says:

        The DO do that with spanish people. Perhaps you don’t notice because it’s not your mother tongue but they tend to use puerto ricans or mexicans to play anyone that is supposed to speak spanish; doesn’t matter the country.

      • Kiddo says:

        To be fair, it happens with all accents, including home-grown ones in different regions. How assaultive it is on ears and the story depends upon the context, the plot and the importance of accuracy. Wes Anderson’s films are flights of fancy/whimsy with a dark undercurrent, and anything can happen. They don’t usually purport to be normal/every day human experience.

      • Esmom says:

        I haven’t seen the movie but knowing Wes Anderson’s films, the accents, no matter how bad, were a deliberate choice. I don’t think he leaves a detail overlooked and as Kiddo said, the results tend to be other-worldly and so captivating. I remember when I watched Moonrise Kingdom with my so who was then about 11 or 12 and when it was over he said “I want to go live in that world.” I totally got where he was coming from!

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Wes’s films are stylized, not realistic.

  3. Jayne says:

    Best Actor In An Action Film?? Taking star f-ing to a whole new level.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I would love to F that star!!!!!!! My sweet baby, Brad!!!!!! lol

      • Jayne says:

        Why you old wh……. Sorry, forgot my manners. I guess I could do Chris Evans, like in a hard push or something. That action man list is just so meh. The real news here is that all 37 of the above the line actors in Expendables were snubbed.

      • Esmerelda says:

        Yes, Kelsey Grammer deserved a nomination for the Expendables…

  4. mia girl says:

    Best Actor/Actress in an Action Movie?!
    Are we sure these are not the MTV Movie Award nominations?

  5. MrsBPitt says:

    Geez…they did nominate everybody!!!! I haven’t seen all the perfomances, but Jake was fantastic in Nightcrawler! I think he is an underrated actor. He always delivers a great performance!

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Pretty picture of Tilda.

    • Anthea says:

      She’s great. If you haven’t already seen it, check out ‘Love is the Devil’ – she plays a real life bar owner in soho in the 60’s and is magnificent

    • Kiddo says:

      True, but I hate that Target Holiday-Rodeo sweater.

    • bns says:

      That was my first thought scrolling through this post. I love the sweater, too.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, she’s so lovely. And I wish I could get my scarf to look like that. I’ve been wresting with mine to make it look nice for a meeting, even resorted to watching some videos this morning!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I have a hard time with scarves, too. When my husband sees me get one out to wear, he buries his face in his hands because he knows there will be 20 minutes of doing, undoing, swearing, doing some more, then complaining. I wish I knew the trick. I think my neck is too short. Lol

      • Esmom says:

        Lol. Sounds exactly like me. But I love them because they keep me warm and conceal the dismaying neck sagging that my dermatologist said is just my bad luck. 🙂

      • lrm says:

        At the risk of sounding pretentious, the scarf trick has a lot to do with ‘wearing it isntead of letting it wear you’. There’ s a certain finesse that is about je ne sais quoi, when you ‘throw it on’. I say this as a long time, successful, scarf wearer. I have tried to teach others and it’s tricky if the confidence isn’t there. It also depends on the size/width/length of the scarf AND the shirt/jacket being worn with it. And the length of hair/hairstyle and any jewelry being worn.

        Also, too much emphasis on technical will muck up the look. It will look effortless if there’s a little bit of effortless spirit in the process of putting it on. Kinda like art. Need some fluidity in there to make it work. That said, Land’s End website, of all places, has a page with like 6 different options, that are very easy to follow and turn out well, if anyone needs good visual instructions-in diagrams.

        Tilda’s looks great-almost ascot and/or western looking scarf as far as how it’s tied, but it suits b/c of the crew neck sweater, her short hair and how cheesy the sweater is. This makes gaudy end up looking fashionable and quirky.

  7. Dani2 says:

    I don’t think there are any locks for best actor as far as winning is concerned, Michael Keaton, Redmayne, Cumberbatch and Oyelowo are locks as far as nominations are concerned, I feel like any of them could win at this point. I know Cumberbatch and Redmayne have been campaigning like crazy for weeks but I still feel like Oyelowo or Keaton could quietly steal their thunder 😉

    I feel like Patricia will definitely win the best supporting actress award and I really feel like Julianne will definitely win that best actress award.

  8. Maya says:

    Congrats to Unbroken cast and crew – hopefully you will get many more nominations and win them as well.

  9. mkyarwood says:


  10. Rosalee says:

    relief..perhaps the leg of doom will not be unleashed. Brad will stop weeping and we can all experience peace in our time

  11. Gina says:

    I’d rather get a nomination out of merit than pity for leaked emails implying I was a barely talented spoiled brat. That in of itself was pretty much “cake” to get Dame Jolie a nomination. I guess whatever it takes. These Hollywood folk love to give themselves prizes for their work. Surely she is the homecoming queen if nothing else.

    • Maya says:

      Yeah – let’s go and bribe them and fall on our knees instead like someone else we know.

      For the record – these nominations were decided at least 2 weeks ago. Way before the Sony leaks.

      Try again.

      • Icy blue says:

        Someone we know being the terrible duo that got shut out from all the prestigious award nominations? Aww, my heart bleeds.

    • Paige says:

      I understand not liking her but you CAN at least get your facts straight.

  12. scout says:

    Bendy, where do you want us go buddy? Haha….
    Yay! Anything is better than nothing for Angie. Poor girl must be itching like hell now.

  13. martin says:

    Congratulations to Angelina \ unbroken
    Hopefully more nominations to come

    • Gina says:

      Her showing her hurt feelings publically will almost positively guarantee more nominations. You don’t mess with mother nature don’t you know.

  14. That’s what I was wondering–how big are the Critic’s Choice nominations? Do they mean something, or is it mainly popularity like the People’s Choice Awards?? Because I had visions of Nickelodeon when I read the name…….

    • Dani2 says:

      They’re a pretty good indicator of who’s going to be nominated at the Oscars, even more so than the Golden Globes imo.

    • Kiddo says:

      I thought the same thing, VC.

    • Celeste says:

      They are on the same level as the Hollywood Film Awards that everyone ridiculed a few weeks ago, they’ve just been televised for a longer period of time. They are handing out BS awards like “MVP of Film 2014” and a Genius award (to Ron Howard for chrisstake, lol). They are meaningless and the organizers try to get as many big celebrities to show up as possible. They even invented a Horror/Sci-Fi category this year so that Interstellar and Under the Skin wouldn’t be excluded. These are fake awards.

    • mia girl says:

      The amount of nominations/categories is kinda ridiculous and as @Tippy noted below, would have been easier to list those actors/films not nominated. Would be a shorter list.

      I think the awards/nominations that seem to carry more importance in predicting Oscars are things like NY & LA Film Critics, AFIs, SAGs, Director’s/Producer’s Guild, BAFTAs (I’m sure I’ve left some off).

      Golden Globes, Critic’s Choice, Hollywood Film Awards seem to be more about the event itself than a true harbinger of Oscar nominations. But they make for good television since so many actors will show up. I’ll be watching!

    • Marianne says:

      They are a pretty big award show. They don’t directly effect the Oscar race since its only Critics that vote, and they arent a part of the Academy. However, they do still help the oscars in terms of buzz.

  15. serena says:

    I loved Ralph Fiennes in Grand Budapest Hotel!

  16. Tippy says:

    Wouldn’t it have been easier just to name those that were not nominated?

    These award shows are reaching a saturation point and the nominations are beginning to look like the Participation Trophies that kids receive nowadays.

  17. Sister Carrie says:

    Tilda was amazing (of course) in Snowpiercer, which I watched the other day b/c of CB’s recommendation–a really intense film. GBH was my favorite, no surprise as I love Wes Anderson’s films, and yes, the casting of Ralph Fiennes was brilliant.

  18. Miss M says:

    Whiplash got a nomination!!!! Finally!!! 🙂
    I like the best actress in an action female. I think I would pick Emily Blunt, but scarjo was really good in Lucy.

  19. lucy2 says:

    Comedy nominations:
    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

  20. bns says:

    So happy for the under-appreciated Patricia Arquette.

    Also, Edward Norton <3

  21. Kori says:

    So theCritic’s Choice gives out a ton of nods and breaks things down by genre. So they’re like the Golden Globes–which are seen by some as harbingers–only with US critics instead of the foreign press. I don’t see why they’re any more/less important than the GG. But it sounds more fun to watch, in terms of star power, than some award shows.

    If anything should be covered as a snubbing it should be American Sniper IMO. That had Oscar bait written all over it–the story (they love military movies at awards time), physical transformation, cast-against-type for BC (who has had recent awards love), big studio pic, well-regarded, Oscar winning director. But there’s been almost no promo and its being dumped into a competitive season–to not much result.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I don’t know if these awards are credible or not, but I think there’s something to be said for breaking down movies into categories at least a little bit. Otherwise, it seems as if a couple of drama subgenres hog all the accolades and that there’s little recognition for good work in other genres. Of course, the flip side of that is that movies that are mostly dramatic have a nasty tendency to characterize themselves as dramas to squeeze into the Golden Globes comedy category.

      I had forgotten about American Sniper, but that’s a very interesting point. It’s apparently coming out in 9 days, and I haven’t seen any advertising for it at all. It sounds like the reviews that are in are okay – not terrible, but not great either. That probably rules it out for awards, but I’m surprised they’re not pushing it commercially.

  22. Ginger says:

    Yay! A photo of my favorite vampire Tilda! You just made my day 🙂

  23. Brittany says:

    Yay Jennifer Aniston! Again!

  24. hmmm says:

    As I understand it these are akin to the Peoples Choice Awards, and the choosers are broadcasters, not critics.

  25. Laura says:

    I’m getting sick of all these award shows. the GG and the oscars are more than enough.

  26. April says:

    Good nominations, but why isn’t Chadwick Baseman getting any nominations? He was amazing in Get on Up, he literally became James Brown.

  27. Debutante says:

    Who cares that AJ got a nomination ?? Why the big YAY in the heading of this post ?? She’s had enough adoration the past few years for god sakes. There are many other talented people who deserve kudos !

  28. jeremy says:

    October 17 – December 7, 1950: Sinchon Massacre in Korea
    In 52 days of occupation, from October to December 1950, the U.S. military killed 35,383 people, or a quarter of Sinchon County’s population, in socialist North Korea.
    “The civilian massacre by the U.S. military in Sinchon was particularly extreme in its cruelty. The U.S. set living fire people on fire; buried them alive; cut their ears and noses off; pulled out their eyeballs; skinned them alive; dragged them by their noses; burned their hair, breasts and sexual organs with heated iron; destroyed their five major organs with axes, picks, and shovels; tore their legs and arms apart; sawed through their bodies; drove nails through their heads and backs with their bodies hanging upside down on a tree; and let dogs tear them to pieces. The cruelty of such deeds is simply unimaginable.” – Report from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on U.S. War Crimes During the Korean War

    The U.S. forces in Asia were the cruelest armed forces for many years.

  29. Beth says:

    The Critics Choice are a mickey mouse awards and I doubt Angie wld get an Oscar nom. I can’t see the AMPAS directors branch going for her (a celebrity and director newbie) when there are enough esteemed directors in the mix – Linklater, Fincher, Leigh, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, hell even Nolan. Even Duvernay has gotten good ink.

    But yay for my boy Jake getting another nom! (even though this one is nothing to shout about)