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"Birdman" tops Utah Film Critics Association 2014 awards

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The fantastical backstage comedy-drama Birdman won four awards, including Best Picture, in the 2014 awards selected by the Utah Film Critics Association on Dec. 17.

Birdman also won awards for original screenplay, director Alejandro González Iñárritu and lead actor Michael Keaton. Robert Elswit won for his cinematography in Nightcrawler.

In other performance categories, Rosamund Pike was recognized for female lead performance for Gone Girl. Jessica Chastain received the award for female supporting performance for A Most Violent Year, while J.K. Simmons won male supporting performance for Whiplash. Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice) and Joon-ho Bong and Kelly Masterson (Snowpiercer) tied for adapted screenplay honors.

The LEGO Movie took honors for best animated feature. In the documentary feature category, Citizenfour was recognized, while Sweden's We Are The Best! won the award for best non-English language feature.

The Utah Film Critics Association dedicated this year’s awards to their former colleague, Jeff Michael Vice, who passed away earlier this year.

The Utah Film Critics Association is made up of film journalists from print, online and broadcast media based in Utah. 

The complete list of winners and runners-up :

BEST PICTURE
Winner: Birdman
(runner-up: The Imitation Game)

BEST DIRECTING
Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
(runner-up: Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin)

BEST ACTOR
Winner: Michael Keaton – Birdman
(runners-up: Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel & Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game) (tie)

BEST ACTRESS
Winner: Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
(runner-up: Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
(runner-up: Edward Norton – Birdman)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner: Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
(runner-up: Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Winner: Birdman
(runner-up: Nightcrawler)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Winners: Inherent Vice and Snowpiercer (tie)

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Winner: Nightcrawler
(runner-up: Under the Skin)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Winner: Citizenfour
(runner-up: The Overnighters)

NON-ENGLISH FEATURE
Winner: We Are the Best!
(runner-up: Two Days, One Night)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Winner: The LEGO Movie
(runner-up: The Boxtrolls)

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