Boyhood won four awards – including best picture, actress and director – from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association today. The Grand Budapest Hotel and Polish film Ida each won two more, though the critics group sprinkled the rest of its awards widely in a day-long selection process that included such surprises as Tom Hardy winning best actor for Locke and Ida’s Agata Kulesza winning best supporting actress.
“Originality was honored in this year’s awards from LAFCA, with several prizes going to Richard Linklater’s twelve years-in-the-making Boyhood, and other important awards for the imaginative Grand Budapest Hotel, the groundbreaking cinematography of Birdman, and the tour de force performance by Tom Hardy in Locke,” said Stephen Farber, the association’s president. “Our group again honored a range of films from around the world and an impressive array of emerging and veteran talents.”
Patricia Arquette of Boyhood won best actress over Julianne Moore‘s much-touted Still Alice performance. Boyhood writer/director Richard Linklater took the director prize over Budapest’s Wes Anderson, who won for best screenplay. Linklater famously shot the film a few days at a time over 12 years, following the maturation in real time of Ellar Coltrane, a 5-year-old boy, as he grew into adulthood.
The New Generation winner was Ava DuVernay, the former publicist turned director who made Selma. The organization previously announced that it would honor actress Gena Rowlands with its 2014 Career Achievement Award.
LAFCA’s year-end list is among the earliest of the awards season, following by a few days the National Board of Review and the critics in New York. The Boston Society of Film Critics earlier today also heaped plenty of love on Boyhood, giving it best picture, director and three other awards.
Birdman only received one one award from the L.A. critics group, for Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki‘s cinematography, but it has been a frequent winner in other early announcements, winning four awards from the Boston critics, for instance.
Here’s the complete list of winners and runners up:
And below if the entire live blog from during the selection process: