Phoenix Critics Circle 2014 Award Winners


The Phoenix Critics Circle proudly announces its winners for the best films and performances of 2014.

Best Picture

Winner – Birdman

Other Nominees:

  • Boyhood
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Selma
  • Whiplash

Best Comedy Film

Winner – Grand Budapest Hotel

Other Nominees:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Lego Movie
  • Obvious Child
  • St. Vincent

Best Horror or Sci-Fi Film

Winner: Snowpiercer

Other Nominees:

  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • Under the Skin

Best Mystery or Thriller Film

Winners (tie) – Gone Girl and Nightcrawler

Other Nominees:

  • The Imitation Game
  • A Most Violent Year

Best Actor

Winner – Michael Keaton, Birdman

Other Nominees:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • David Oyelowo, Selma
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Winner – Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Other Nominees:

  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Hilary Swank, The Homesman

Best Supporting Actor

Winner – JK Simmons, Whiplash

Other Nominees:

  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress

Winner – Emma Stone, Birdman

Other Nominees:

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Best Director

Winner – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman

Other Nominees:

  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Screenplay

Winner – Birdman

Other Nominees:

  • Boyhood
  • Gone Girl
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Whiplash

Best Animated Film

Winner – The Lego Movie

Other Nominees:

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best International Film

Winners (tie) – Force Majeure and Ida

Other Nominee:

  • Two Days, One Night


The Phoenix Critics Circle is established as an association for professional film critique and analysis. Administered by the non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation, the Phoenix Critics Circle is committed to the progression and preservation of film and is composed of print, television, radio and internet film critics from Arizona.

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