2014 Critics’ Choice Awards winner predictions

There are some tough categories this year, but SheKnows breaks down who will win at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.


The award show season continues to roll out at a brisk pace. Now that the Golden Globe Awards are over, Hollywood moves on to the Critics’ Choice Awards which is voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics Association from all over the United States.

The show will air on Thursday, Jan. 16 on The CW from Santa Monica, California.

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SheKnows is taking a look at the who we think will win at the show now that the Golden Globes have given us a clearer picture on how the season is panning out.

Best Picture

Will win: 12 Years a Slave

While we thought the Hollywood Foreign Press would honor Gravity for Best Motion Picture, Drama during the Golden Globe Awards, it was 12 Years a Slave that picked up the win. This difficult film is turning out to be the one to beat this season. It won’t be stopped at this event, either.

Best Actor

Will win: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

While there is formidable competition in this category from worthy opponents like Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave and sentimental favorite Robert Redford in All Is Lost, it’s McConaughey who will take home the prize. His turn in Dallas Buyers Club, which included dramatic weight loss, is making people forget that he used to make movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.

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Best Actress

Will win: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Blanchett emerged as the early frontrunner in this Woody Allen film. Her tour de force performance makes her one of the most versatile actresses in the industry right now. If anyone is going to challenge her it will be Sandra Bullock for Gravity, but we expect this award will follow the same pattern all season with Blanchett as the victor.

Best Supporting Actor

Will win: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Many of the categories will be pretty predictable this season and that includes the Best Supporting Actor winner. Leto has won every honor so far this season. He will have a very similar path that Anne Hathaway had last season on her way to win the Oscar for Les Misérables.

Best Supporting Actress

Will win: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

This category is a little more interesting with a variety of faces we didn’t see at the Golden Globes. Oprah Winfrey is in the mix for Lee Daniels’ The Butler as well as Scarlett Johansson for her voice work in Her. However, it will be Lupita Nyong’o who takes this win over Jennifer Lawrence’s hilarious work in American Hustle. Nyong’o has the critical support for 12 Years a Slave to make this happen.

Best Young Actor/Actress

Will win: Sophie Nélisse, The Book Thief

This is a fun category that we don’t see at many of the shows and two names rise to the top with Nélisse for The Book Thief and Tye Sheridan for Mud. However, 13-year-old Nélisse carries the weight of the Nazi Germany film with aplomb alongside Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush. It’s a stunning feature film debut for the young Canadian.

AmericanHustlestillBest Acting Ensemble

Will win: American Hustle

This category will turn up again at the SAG Awards on Saturday, so expect a similar result. Critics are in love with director David O. Russell’s work and his ensemble of actors turned in strong and memorable performances. This should be an easy win for the cast.

Best Comedy

Will Win: American Hustle

This will probably be the last big win for American Hustle because once the Oscars roll around, both dramas and comedies are lumped into one category. It was an excellent film, so they should enjoy the award.

Best Actor in a Comedy

Will win: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

With this being DiCaprio’s finest work in years, he should easily take home the award. If James Gandolfini was alive, we expect he might have challenged DiCaprio in this category. His final film, Enough Said, is a tremendous legacy to leave.

Best Actress in a Comedy

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Adams shows why she keeps getting nominated for awards because she is just that good. Whether it’s a musical, a comedy or a drama, she just nails it. No one else can touch this category but her.

Find out who wins on Thursday, Jan. 16 and see how many categories SheKnows predicted correctly.

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