Monday, December 1, 2014

'Boyhood' wins big with New York Film Critics

Richard Linklater's Boyhood came away with three prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle this afternoon (Picture, Director, and Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette), launching what I can only hope will be a successful campaign to Oscar glory... in SOME category at least! I still have a hard time seeing this winning the Academy's top honour (appeal may not be broad enough), but its artistic relevance might push it to a win in Screenplay or even Director -- could you imagine a Picture/Director split for a THIRD consecutive year?!? Crazy, but not out of the question. At any rate, I would consider it a triumph to see it collect even one trophy at season's end, and this impressive showing with the New York crowd is a good start.

Oddly enough, the next biggest winner is a film that's very much under the awards radar; The Immigrant, which picked up a Best Actress gong for Marion Cotillard (coupled with her work in Belgium's Foreign Language Film submission Two Days, One Night) and for Darius Khondji's cinematography. I haven't seen the film yet myself, but how sweet it would be to see the guy who shot Se7en in the awards mix (his sole nomination for Evita hardly represents the extent of his talent).

Meanwhile, over in the male actors' camp, it was J.K. Simmons and Timothy Spall picking up kudos in the Supporting and Leading Actor categories respectively. I can very much picture Simmons becoming a sweeper this year, but Spall will need all the help he can get to crack a thick Best Actor race.

Check out all the winners:

Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actor: Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant & Two Days, One Night
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Animated Film: The LEGO Movie
Best Foreign Film: Ida
Best Non-fiction Film: Citizenfour
Best Cinematography: The Immigrant
Best First Film: Jennifer Kent, The Babadook


  1. I'm ecstatic for the screenplay win for Grand Budapest Hotel. Spall's win is puzzling, as is the wins for The Immigrant. Good job on the NYFCC for changing stuff around.

  2. Birdman (my favorite film of 2014) went home empty-handed.
    That's a damn shame.
    Kudos to Boyhood (which I haven't seen yet), but I hope Birdman picks up in L.A.

    Go Birdman!