‘Birdman,’ ‘Boyhood’ lead Washington DC critics awards nominations

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association will announce its Best of the Year picks on Monday, Dec. 8, in the early hours of the morning. Thankfully, for us awards season devotees, the organization was kind enough to tease what movies, performances, and technical achievements were in the mix. If you are of the opinion that a nomination can only help a fighting film”s chances, then you”ll want to check out this full list of D.C. contenders.

The heavies are where you expect them: “Birdman” leads the pack with 11 nominations, Richard Linklater”s “Boyhood” taking second place with eight. Both pictures are Best Film contenders.

“Sure thing” actor picks like Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) and J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) get their due too. Aside from a few upsets it”s a solid list that finds room for a few films that aren”t picking up accolades from other guilds and critics groups. Come Oscar time, it”s hard to imagine films like “The Babadook,” “Under the Skin,” or “Snowpiercer” cracking into Academy”s competitive categories. Even “Interstellar” could lose ground in the technical races by February.

And a loud applause for WAFCA”s “The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC,” the only category this season that finds room for “Anita,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Kill the Messenger,” “Selma,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” If only traditional categories could be that eclectic.

See the full list of nominees below:

Best Film
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
“Gone Girl”

Best Director
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”
Ava DuVernay, “Selma”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Oscar Isaac, “A Most Violent Year”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”