Movies in spotlight at 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

Host Michael Strahan attends the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 14, 2015, in Los Angeles.

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The year's critically acclaimed movies will be in the spotlight at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Awards, airing Thursday live from the Hollywood Palladium on A&E.

"Birdman" tops the list of nominees with 13 nods, followed by "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with 11. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is not far behind with eight nominations.

The best picture nominees are "Birdman," "Boyhood," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Nightcrawler," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything," "Unbroken" and "Whiplash."

Actor/director Ron Howard will be honored with the Louis XIII Critics' Choice Genius Award. Actress Jessica Chastain, meanwhile, will receive the Critics' Choice MVP Award, which "recognizes an extraordinary actor for their work in several standout movies throughout a single year."

Winners are chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, a group of about 300 film critics.

Michael Strahan will serve as host of the ceremony, which comes the same day the Academy Award nominations were announced.

"I am excited to host a night honoring some of the most talented people in the industry," said Strahan. "'The Critics' Choice Movie Awards' show paves the way for the upcoming awards season, and the best part is that the winners are selected by the very people who make a living watching and reviewing films. It doesn't get much more competitive than that."

Go here to see a complete list of nominees.