Birdman and French language film Mommy are set to lead the way at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle awards in Canada after scooping a clutch of top nominations.

Birdman is the front runner in the international categories, winning nods for Best Film, lead actor Michael Keaton, supporting actor Edward Norton, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Best Screenplay.

Mommy leads the Canadian film categories with six nominations, including Best Canadian Film, screenplay, director Xavier Dolan and nods for actors Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Anne Dorval and Suzanne Clement.

Boyhood follows behind with four international mentions, including a nod in the Best Film category, which is rounded out by Whiplash.

Benedict Cumberbatch will compete with Keaton in the international lead actor category for his role in The Imitation Game. They will go up against Jake Gyllenhaal who has been nominated for lead actor in both the international and Canadian categories for Nightcrawler and Enemy respectively.

The international female lead acting nominations go to Marion Cotillard for The Immigrant, Wild's Reese Witherspoon, and Tilda Swinton for Only Lovers Left Alive.

Wes Anderson has also landed two nods for Best Director and Best Screenplay for The Grand Budapest Hotel.