The New York Film Critics Circle showed a lot of love for Boyhood today, anointing Richard Linklater’s film the Best Picture of the year. The NYFCC Awards are frequently seen as one of the first bellwethers of the coming Oscar race.
Linklater himself also won Best Director for his 12-year effort, while Boyhood‘s Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress.
Boyhood is expected to be a major player in the Oscar race, as is J.K. Simmons, who was awarded for his turn as the domineering jazz instructor in Whiplash. The more surprising, out-of-the-box choices by the critics group came in the leading actor categories. Best Actor went to Timothy Spall for his work as the titular painter in Mr. Turner, a film which has had strong support from critics since it premiered at Cannes. The New York critics awarded Marion Cotillard as Best Actress for her work in two different films, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night.
See the full list of winners below:
Best Picture – Boyhood
Best Director – Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best First Film – Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
Best Actress – Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night.
Best Actor – Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
Best Cinematography – Darius Khondji, The Immigrant
Best Screenplay – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Nonfiction Film – CitizenFour
Best Foreign Language Film – Ida
Best Animated Film – The Lego Movie