More Critical Love for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

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boyhoodawardsarquetteThis weekend, four more film critic groups gave out their annual awards and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood scored big among three of them with the New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO), the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) and the Boston Society of Film Critics all giving Richard Linklater’s film their top honors of Best Picture and Best Director.

The Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA) took an unconventional approach by selecting Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer as their top film with actress Tilda Swinton receiving a Supporting Actress nod for her role in it.  

The Belgian drama Two Days, One Night from the Dardenne Brothers fared well among critics with three of the four critic groups selecting that as their top Foreign Language film as well as Marion Cotillard as Best Actress in it, with L.A. going with Pawel Pawlikowski’s polish drama Ida instead.

Boyhood also received attention for the performance by Patricia Arquette, who received Best Actress from the L.A. film critics and Supporting Actress from the New York Film Critics Online. 

Best Actor ran the gamut from Tom Hardy in Locke (LAFCA) and Brendan Gleeson in Calvary (BOFCA) to Oscar favorites Michael Keaton for Birdman (BSOFC) and Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything (NYFCO).

In general, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s Birdman received quite a bit of attention for its cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki, but it also received other awards including screenplay from Boston and New York Online, ensemble cast from the latter and a Supporting Actress award for Emma Stone from the former. The Boston Online critics gave Inarritu their directing award as well as giving Edward Norton a supporting actor award.  

All three groups except the latter felt that J.K. Simmons’ performance in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash was worthy of their Supporting Actor award.

Animated feature was split between Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya and Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Movie. Similarly, most groups are picking either the Roger Ebert film Life Itself or the Edward Snowden doc CITIZENFOUR as their documentary feature. 

You can see all the winners from the four groups announcing this weekend below:

Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA):

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

New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO)

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 and Starred Up 

New York Film Critics Online Top 10:

Birdman
Boyhood
Guardians of the Galaxy
Imitation Game
Most Violent Year
Mr. Turner
Selma
Theory of Everything
Under the Skin
Whiplash 

Society of Boston Film Critics

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
Cinematography: Birdman
Foreign Language Film: Two Days, One Night
Documentary: CitizenFour
Animated Film: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Best New Filmmaker Award: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Music in a film: Inherent Vice
Editing: Boyhood

Boston Online Film Critics Association

Best Picture: Snowpiercer
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñårritu for Birdman
Best Actor: Brendan Gleeson for Calvary
Best Actor: Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night
Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton for Birdman
Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton for Snowpiercer
Best Screenplay: Calvary
Best Foreign Language Film: Two Days, One Night
Best Documentary: Life Itself
Best Animated Film: The LEGO Movie
Best Cinematography: Birdman
Best Editing: Edge of Tomorrow
Best Original Score: Under the Skin
Best Ensemble: Birdman

THE TEN BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR:

1. SNOWPIERCER
2. UNDER THE SKIN
3. BOYHOOD
4. ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
5. THE BABADOOK
6. TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT
7. BIRDMAN
8. CALVARY
9. INHERENT VICE
10. SELMA