Boyhood Named Best Picture By Los Angeles, New York, And Boston Film Critics


Today saw the Los Angeles Film Critics Associate, the New York Film Critics Online, and the Boston Society of Film Critics all announcing their year-end awards, with all three groups concurring that Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is the best film of 2014. The movie also received Best Director from all three groups, in addition to Best Actress and Best Editing from Los Angeles, Best Supporting Actress from New York, and Best Screenplay (tied with Birdman), Best Editing, and Best Ensemble from Boston. As predicted, it’s looking like Linklater’s incredible film is going to be the favorite throughout awards season (a la The Artist and 12 Years a Slave).

Looking at the rest of today’s winners, there’s nothing particularly surprising other than Tom Hardy receiving Best Actor from Los Angeles for Locke over several of the top candidates (Michael Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, etc.), and the same group giving Supporting Actress to Agata Kuleszka for Ida. Aside from those, we’re seeing much of the same, including J.K. Simmons continued dominance over the Best Supporting Actor category for his outstanding performance in Whiplash (a pick that all three groups agreed on) and Emmanuel Lubezki taking all three Best Cinematography awards for his brilliant work on Birdman (a film that was made to appear as if it was one long take).

Even with all of these announcements today, awards news this week is hardly over. Coming up tomorrow we have the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (a group I’m proud to say I’m a member of) announcing their picks, and later in the week, even bigger news as the Screen Actors Guild (Wednesday morning) and Golden Globe (Thursday morning) nominations are announced, so be sure to check back then to see the results.

For now, however, please see below for a complete list of today’s winners:

Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation

Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actor: Tom Hardy, Locke
Best Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting Actress: Agata Kuleszka, Ida
Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Editing: Boyhood
Cinematography: Birdman
Animated: The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Documentary: Citizenfour
Foreign Film: Ida
Score: Under the Skin, Inherent Vice (TIE)
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

New York Film Critics Online

Best Picture – Boyhood
Best Director – Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actress – Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Screenplay – Birdman
Best Ensemble – Birdman
Best Documentary – Life Itself
Best Foreign Film – Two Days, One Nights
Best Animated Feature – The LEGO Movie
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Use of Music – Get on Up
Best Debut Director winner – Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Breakthrough Performance – Jack O’Connell, Unbroken

Boston Film Critics Association

Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Ensemble: Boyhood
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night and The Immigrant
Supporting Actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting Actress: Emma Stone, Birdman
Screenplay: TIE Birdman, Boyhood
Editing: Boyhood
Cinematography: Birdman
Documentary: CitizenFour
Animated Film: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Foreign Language Film: Two Days, One Night
Best New Filmmaker Award: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Music in a film: Inherent Vice