By Esther Zuckerman
Updated December 01, 2014 at 04:54 PM EST
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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


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