Today the Utah critics and another Phoenix group (apparently the city needs two) chose Birdman over Boyhood for a change of pace. Utah also liked Rosamund Pike, who now seems to be charging through several of these regional critics groups all of a sudden.
UTAH FILM CRITICS
Best Picture: "Birdman"
Runner-up: "The Imitation Game"
Best Achievement in Directing: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, BIRDMAN
Runner-up: Jonathan Glazer, "Under the Skin"
Best Lead Performance, Male: Michael Keaton, BIRDMAN
Runners-up: Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"; Ralph Fiennes, "Grand Budapest Hotel"
Best Lead Performance, Female: Rosamund Pike, GONE GIRL
Runner-up: Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Best Supporting Performance, Male: J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH
Runner-up: Edward Norton, "Birdman"
Best Supporting Performance, Female: Jessica Chastain, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
Runner-up: Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer"
Best Original Screenplay: BIRDMAN
Best Adapted Screenplay: INHERENT VICE and SNOWPIERCER (tie)
Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit, NIGHTCRAWLER
Runner-up: Daniel Landin, "Under the Skin"
Best Documentary Feature: CITIZENFOUR
Runner-Up: "The Overnighters"
Best Non-English Language Feature: WE ARE THE BEST!
Runner-up: "Two Days, One Night"
Best Animated Feature: THE LEGO MOVIE
Runner-Up: "The Boxtrolls"
And the Phoenix Critics Circle chimed in with more Birdman love, including a win (the second) for Emma Stone, and one for Reese Witherspoon too.
PHOENIX CRITICS CIRCLE
Comedy Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mystery/Thriller (tie): Gone Girl & Nightcrawler
Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Wild
S. Actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
S. Actress: Emma Stone, Birdman
Director: Alejandro Inarritu, Birdman
Animated: The Lego Movie
International Film (tie): Force Majeure & Ida