Predicting the 2014 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

This likely comes down to Birdman or Boyhood, though Unbroken could surprise for the win. I still think we’re sleeping on Foxcatcher as far as year-end critics awards are concerned, but you never know.

Awards Daily is running a predictions contest. I didn’t make a “No Guts, No Glory” pick, but I won’t be surprised if Felicity Jones wins best actress for The Theory of Everything – or if Keira Knightley wins for Begin Again, The Imitation Game, and Laggies.

Check out my picks after the jump.

Best Film

Predicted Winner: Birdman

Other Contenders:

  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Unbroken

Best Director

Predicted Winner: Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Other Contenders:

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman
  • Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
  • Ava DuVernay for Selma
  • J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year
  • Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game
  • Angelina Jolie for Unbroken

Best Actress

Predicted Winner: Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars and Still Alice

Other Contenders:

  • Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl
  • Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything
  • Keira Knightley for Begin Again, The Imitation Game, and Laggies
  • Jessica Chastain for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Interstellar, Miss Julie, and A Most Violent Year
  • Amy Adams for Big Eyes
  • Reese Witherspoon for (The Good Lie and) Wild
  • Hilary Swank for The Homesman (and You’re Not You)

Best Actor

Predicted Winner: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

Other Contenders:

  • Michael Keaton for Birdman
  • Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
  • Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game
  • David Oyelowo for Selma
  • Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Jack O’Connell for ’71, Starred Up, and Unbroken
  • Mark Ruffalo for Begin Again and Foxcatcher
  • Channing Tatum for 22 Jump Street and Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress

Predicted Winner: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Other Contenders:

  • Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game
  • Jessica Chastain for Interstellar and A Most Violent Year
  • Emma Stone for Birdman
  • Meryl Streep for Into the Woods
  • Rene Russo for Nightcrawler
  • Carrie Coon for Gone Girl
  • Laura Dern for The Fault in Our Stars and Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Predicted Winner: Mark Ruffalo for Begin Again and Foxcatcher

Other Contenders:

  • Edward Norton for Birdman
  • J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
  • Miyavi for Unbroken
  • Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
  • Christoph Waltz for Big Eyes

Best Screenplay

Predicted Winner: Foxcatcher

Other Contenders:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Selma
  • The Imitation Game
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Top Five

Best Cinematography

Predicted Winner: Bradford Young for Selma

Other Contenders:

  • Hoyte Van Hoytema for Interstellar
  • Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman
  • Robert D. Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best First Film

Predicted Winner: Dear White People (Justin Simien)

Other Contenders:

  • Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
  • Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)
  • Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre)

Best Animated Film

Predicted Winner: The LEGO Movie

Other Contenders:

Best Non-Fiction Film

Predicted Winner: Citizenfour

Other Contenders:

  • Life Itself
  • Keep on Keepin’ On

Best Foreign Language Film

Predicted Winner: Mommy

Other Contenders:

  • Ida
  • Force Majeure
  • Two Days, One Night
  • Leviathan

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