Critical Mass: Birdman Takes Flight at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Michael Keaton makes a perfect landing after falling offstage at last night’s award ceremony

There was a collective gasp from the audience last night at The Hollywood Palladium as Michael Keaton fell off the stage after collecting his third Critics’ Choice award of the evening. The actor stood up with arms in a victory pose (he was fine) after the tumble and he proceeded to chat with Ethan Hawk had rushed the stage to chat/catch him (Keaton gave the actor props onstage). The show aired live on A&E but the fall wasn’t captured on camera. Other good news? Keaton is the only actor in the history of the Critics’ Choice Awards to win three awards in on year. Once again the Palladium was packed with booze and not much to eat (Johnny Depp – Hollywood Film Awards) this may have contributed to some of the … fun. “They didn’t feed me at all,” host Michael Strahan griped during the course of the evening.

There was plenty of food, however, at the bacchanal at The Hollywood Athletic Club after the show. Food and drink poured out of every room with each space offered something new from pasta to crepes to a seafood bar. Jessica Chastain held court upstairs in a room completely covered in lilies (it smelled gorgeous in there) and TV mother and son Freddy Highmore and Vera Farmiga greeted well-wishers downstairs (Highmore plays Norman Bates and Farmiga his mother on the A&E series Bates Motel). They even had their hair parted the same. Highmore has actually won’ the group’s Young Actor accolade twice in the past.

Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, Boyhood, Intersteller, and The Grand Budapest Hotel were among the winners at last night’s award-fest that marks the mid-point of award season. The Critics also gave big honors to Kevin Costner with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Ron Howard with a LOUIS XIII Genius Award and Jessica Chastain emerged as the group’s inaugural MVP winner. During each commercial break the room was a schmooze-fest as the Oscar nominations had been announced a few hours earlier making Redmayne, Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Marion Cotillard, and Rosamund Pike’s table extremely popular places to be. After the show, a crowd rushed Oprah Winfrey’s table making leaving a tad difficult. Here is a full list of winners:


Best Picture – “Boyhood”

Best Actor – Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Best Actress – Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Young Actor/Actress – Ellar Coltrane, “Boyhood”

Best Acting Ensemble – “Birdman”

Best Director – Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Best Adapted Screenplay – Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”

Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Best Art Direction – Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Anna Pinnock (Set Decorator), “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Editing – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, “Birdman”

Best Costume Design – Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Hair & Makeup – “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Visual Effects – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

Best Animated Feature – “The Lego Movie”

Best Action Movie – “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Actor in an Action Movie – Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Best Actress in an Action Movie – Emily Blunt, “Edge of Tomorrow”

Best Comedy – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Actor in a Comedy – Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Best Actress in a Comedy – Jenny Slate, “Obvious Child”

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie – “Interstellar”

Best Foreign Language Film – “Force Majeure”

Best Documentary Feature – “Life Itself”

Best Song –  “Glory”, Common and John Legend, “Selma”

Best Score – Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”


Next up award watchers? The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards on January 25th.