This 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
New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO)
Best Picture – Boyhood
New York Film Critics Online Top 10:
Society of Boston Film Critics
Best Picture: Boyhood
Boston Online Film Critics Association
Best Picture: Snowpiercer
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