Birdman is continuing to soar high as it enters awards season after landing 13 nominations for the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

Michael Keaton's film will compete for Best Picture against The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash, Unbroken and another critics' favourite, Boyhood.

Meanwhile, Birdman filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is shortlisted for Best Director, facing off against Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Ava DuVernay (Selma), David Fincher (Gone Girl), Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Angelina Jolie (Unbroken).

There was also recognition for Keaton (Best Actor) and supporting nominations for Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

Other Best Actor contenders include Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), David Oyelowo (Selma) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), while the female equivalent features the likes of Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).

Supporting nods went to Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game).

The Grand Budapest Hotel was the second most-nominated film just behind Birdman with 11 nods, while Boyhood grabbed eight.

Meanwhile, director Ron Howard will receive the Louis XIII Critics' Choice Genius Award, while Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessica Chastain will take home the inaugural Critics' Choice MVP Award and Kevin Costner will be saluted with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The winners of the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards will be unveiled at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 15 January (15).