New York Film Critics Give 'Boyhood' Best Picture, Director & Supporting Actress

UPDATE, 10:23 AM: IFC Films came away the big winner today at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Its much-buzzed-about award title Boyhood collected best picture, best director for Richard Linklater and best supporting actress Patricia Arquette, while its horror-drama The Babadook from genre label IFC Midnight took Best First Film for Jennifer Kent.

New York Film Critics Circle 2014 WinnersThe latter film bowed this weekend at three theaters collecting $27,000 and a per theater of $9K (according to Sunday estimates). Boyhood‘s kudos today follow its five Indie Spirit noms from last Tuesday.

Previous, 10:07 AM: Richard Linklater takes best director for Boyhood. 

Previous 9:42AM: Marion Cotillard is bestowed with best actress for her work in The Immigrant and the French film Two Days, One Night.

Previous, 9:14 AM: British actor Timothy Spall takes best actor for his turn in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.

Previous, 8:48AM: Slow, as she comes. The New York Film Critics Circle is still drawing ballots on several categories. Already announced: Darius Khondji for his DP work on The Immigrant, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel for best screenplay, J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) for best supporting actor, Patricia Arquette for best supporting actress, The Lego Movie for best animated film, and The Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour for best non-fiction film.

Previous, 7:28AM: The New York Film Critics Circle Awards are announcing their winners live this morning.  As the Frank Sinatra song kinda goes, the New York Film Critics ‘do it their way’ when it comes to recognizing the best film and some of the top acting slots, and their selections are often those films that are hitting a nerve on the big screen (i.e. their 2012 top film  Zero Dark Thirty and 1972’s Clockwork Orange ) or are just simply cinematically brilliant (the org’s 2002 choice year for best film, Mulholland Drive, and 2000 selection Topsy-Turvy).  With a 43% bellwether rate for determining Oscar’s best picture, the org doesn’t get mired down in the whole “we got it right first” egoism of Oscar prognostication rather they laud, defend and champion those titles and artists that audiences, and sometimes the film industry, might otherwise overlook. Still, some of the NYFCC choices for top film are right in line with Oscar, read 2011‘s The Artist, 2009’s The Hurt Locker, 2008’s No Country for Old Men, and the list goes on. Last year, those NYFCC awards that synced with AMPAS were Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) for best actress and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club). Of the NYFCC winners last year that were overlooked by the Academy: Robert Redford (All Is Lost) for best actor, Blue Is the Warmest Color for best foreign film (it wasn’t eligible per AMPAS rules) while their best director selection, 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen, and best supporting actress choice, Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), received Oscar noms, but no trophies.

Here is the full list of NYFCC winners:

Best Film

Best Actor
Timothy Spall,
Mr. Turner

Image (1) immigrant__140518180826.jpg for post 732673Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, 
The Immigrant; Two Days, One Night

Best Director
Richard Linklater, 

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, 

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, 

New York Film Critics Circle 2014 Winners: 'Ida'Best Foreign Language Film
(Poland, dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)

Best Animated Film
The Lego Movie
 (dirs. Phil Lord, Christopher Miller)

Best Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel (dir. Wes Anderson)

Special Award
Adrienne Mencia

Best Cinematography
Darius Khondji,
The Immigrant 

Best First Film
Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook

citizenfourBest Non-fiction Film (Documentary)
 (dir. Laura Poitras)


  1. These awards actually made sense! Excellent. Boyhood is easily the best film of the years; Grand Budapest and Mr.Turner get their acknowledgements, too.

    1. Agree with you David, love all the winners but Lubezki’s work on Birdman was phenomenal. As good as Ida was I’d also love to see Force Majeure receive the nod for Best Foreign Film although Ceyon’s film and Leviathan haven’t opened here yet.

      1. Lubezki was showered with awards last year for GRAVITY, so they just may have decided to give someone else a chance.

  2. I don’t agree with actor and actress . I doubt these will get the Oscar. But totally agree with all Boyhood got. amazing film and deserved

  3. I think that the long term filming schedule is the only thing that made Boyhood interesting. I didn’t find its story or performances particularly compelling. I know I am in the minority here but I think it was way overrated and, had it not been for the aging of the characters, it wouldn’t have gotten much attention.

    1. If you know Richard Linklater’s works, you would understand Boyhood. Richard Linklater is one of the most unique Hollywood directors out there and he truly deserves Best Picture and Best Director.

  4. I’m really happy to watch the phenomenal Marion Cotillard winning for both her awe-inspiring performances in Two Days, One Night and The Immigrant this year. Personally, I’m rooting for both but since only one can make the cut so that she avoids split voting with herself, I’d give a slight edge to her terrific turn in Two Days, One Night. Marion Cotillard’s performance as Sandra in the latest Dardennes Brothers masterpiece is the kind of performance that needs to be seen to be truly believed. There’s really no way to overhype her work there. You rarely get to watch such a towering performance from an actor / actress in your entire life. With her unmatched work in this film, you feel like she’s pushing acting to a whole another level. She makes you feel the deepest and most complex emotions for a woman who has to fight against depression and the possibility of losing her job at the same time. Acting doesn’t get any better.

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