Last week, ‘Boyhood’ won the most respected critics group’s (NYFCC) award for Best Film and Best Director. It continued its upward march towards winning the coveted Oscar by winning not one, not two but three critics awards for Best Film and Best Director (for Richard Linklater). LAFCA or Los Angeles Film Critics Association is considered to be at par with NYFCC in terms of prestige and recognition and that’s why winning both LAFCA and NYFCC puts ‘Boyhood’ right at the forefront of the race to win the Oscar for Best Picture. That ‘Boyhood’ also won two other respected critics group awards, BSFC and NYFCO, only strengthened its position as the frontrunner.
Here’s the detailed list of LAFCA award winners:
Best picture: Boyhood. Runner-up: The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Best actor: Tom Hardy, Locke. Runner-up: Michael Keaton, Birdman.
Best director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood. Runner-up: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Best foreign-language film: Ida. Runner-up: Winter Sleep.
Best screenplay: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Runner-up: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo, Birdman.
Best actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood. Runner-up: Julianne Moore, Still Alice.
Best documentary/nonfiction film: CITIZENFOUR. Runner-up: Life Itself.
Best cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman. Runner-up: Dick Pope, Mr. Turner.
Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: Walter Reuben, The David Whiting Story.
Best supporting actress: Agata Kulesza, Ida. Runner-up: Rene Russo, Nightcrawler.
Best animation: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Runner-up: The Lego Movie.
Best music score (tie): Jonny Greenwood (Inherent Vice) and Mica Levi (Under the Skin).
Best production design: Adam Stockhausen, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Runner-up: Ondrej Nekvasil, Snowpiercer.
Best supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash. Runner-up: Edward Norton, Birdman.
Best editing: Sandra Adair, Boyhood. Runner-up: Barney Pilling, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Here’s the complete list of NYFCO award winners:
Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Ensemble: Birdman
Best Documentary Feature: Life Itself
Best Foreign Film: Two Days, One Night
Best Lead Actor: Eddie Redmayne, ‘The Theory of Everything’
Best Lead Actress: Marion Cotillard, ‘Two Days, One Night’
Best Director: Richard Linklater, ‘Boyhood’
Best Debut Director: Dan Gilroy, ‘Nightcrawler’
Best Use of Music: Get on Up
Best Cinematography: Birdman
Best Screenplay: Birdman
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, ‘Whiplash’
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, ‘Boyhood’
Here’s the complete list of BSFC award winners:
Best Picture – Boyhood
Best Director – Richard Linklater, ‘Boyhood’
Best Ensemble Cast – Boyhood
Best Actor – Michael Keaton, ‘Birdman’
Best Actress – Marion Cotillard, ‘The Immigrant’/’Two Days, One Night’
Best Supporting Actor – J. K. Simmons, ‘Whiplash’
Best Supporting Actress – Emma Stone, ‘Birdman’
Best Screenplay – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, ‘Birdman’ and Richard Linklater, ‘Boyhood’
Best Foreign-Language Film (awarded in memory of Jay Carr) – Two Days, One Night
Best Documentary – Citizenfour
Best Animated Film – The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy) – Dan Gilroy, ‘Nightcrawler’
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, ‘Birdman’
Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer) – Sandra Adair, ‘Boyhood’
Best Use of Music in a Film – Inherent Vice