‘Boyhood’ Wins Best Picture, Director From L.A. Film Critics

L.A. Film Critics: Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

Patricia Arquette, Tom Hardy take lead acting honors

Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making epic of childhood, won four prizes from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Sunday: best picture, director, actress for Patricia Arquette and editor for Sandra Adair.

The IFC Films release, a critical favorite ever since its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, was also tapped for picture and director honors by the New York Film Critics Circle. The Gotham group also honored Arquette for her turn as a college professor and mother of two in “Boyhood,” but for supporting actress, not lead.

Running a close second among the group’s favorites was Wes Anderson’s 1930s mittel-European caper pic “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which was honored for Anderson’s screenplay and Adam Stockhausen’s production design. The Fox Searchlight release was the runner-up for picture and director.

The other multiple prizewinner of the day was Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida.” Released by Music Box Films in the U.S., the stark black-and-white drama drew awards not only for foreign-language film, but also for supporting actress Agata Kulesza, who plays the title character’s aunt, a former state prosecutor in communist Poland.

The award for best actor went to Tom Hardy for his one-man show in Steven Knight’s “Locke,” in a surprise victory over Michael Keaton in “Birdman.” Although strongly favored in the picture and director categories, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s film took only one prize, for Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography. (It’s Lubezki’s fourth prize from the L.A. critics; he previously won for “Children of Men,” “The Tree of Life” and “Gravity.”)

J.K. Simmons won best supporting actor for his ferocious turn as the jazz-band leader from hell in “Whiplash,” adding to his earlier citation by the New York critics. The runner-up in that category was Edward Norton for “Birdman.”

The animation prize went to Japanese director Isao Takahata’s hand-drawn “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” beating out Warner Bros.’ CG toon “The Lego Movie.” “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ portrait of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, took the prize for documentary/nonfiction film over “Life Itself,” Steve James’ film about the late Roger Ebert.

In a tie, Jonny Greenwood (“Inherent Vice”) and Mica Levi (“Under the Skin”) shared the prize for music/score. The New Generation prize went to director Ava DuVernay for “Selma,” her dramatic account of Martin Luther King Jr.’s voting-rights march from the eponymous Alabama city.

As previously announced, Gena Rowlands will receive the group’s career achievement award. A special citation will go to longtime LAFCA member Leonard Maltin.

The full list of winners:

Picture: “Boyhood”
Runner-up:
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Director: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Runner-up:
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Actor: Tom Hardy, “Locke”
Runner-up:
 Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Runner-up:
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Runner-up: Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Supporting actress: Agata Kulesza, “Ida”
Runner-up:
 Rene Russo, “Nightcrawler”

Screenplay: Wes Anderson,The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Runner-up: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Foreign-language film: “Ida”
Runner-up:
“Winter Sleep”

Documentary/nonfiction film: “Citizenfour”
Runner-up:
 “Life Itself”

Animation: “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”
Runner-up: “The Lego Movie”

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Runner-up: Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”

Production design: Adam Stockhausen, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Runner-up: Ondrej Nekvasil, “Snowpiercer”

Music/score: Jonny Greenwood, “Inherent Vice,” and Mica Levi, “Under the Skin” (tie)

Film editing: Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
Runner-up: Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

New Generation: Ava DuVernay, “Selma”

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video: Walter Reuben, “The David Whiting Story”

Career achievement: Gena Rowlands

Special citation: Leonard Maltin

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  2. grdd says:

    If Arquette would go to the main lead she can still win. If this would happen, Emma Stone should win the best supporting catagory. I think she and Miles Teller (He should be nominated but Michle Keaton is still the one should win) are revelations from their performances of Birdman and Whiplash.

  3. Gra Lu says:

    Mejor Actor Tom Hardy. Excelente elección. Muy Merecido.

  4. steve barr says:

    Harvey Weinstein must be smiling tonight . the Immigrant one of the best movies of the year in almost every catagory completely ignored by the L. A film critcs .Harvey you are a vindictive petty little man .

  5. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    My undone congratulations to “IDA”, a Film that for myself was simply the finest made narrative of the year.

  6. Darryl F. Sanchez says:

    In the best actor paragraph, the article should probably read, “in a surprising victory OVER Michael Keaton,” not “for”…. People don’t seem to proofread anymore…. ;)

  7. cadavra says:

    I’m shocked, shocked that Best Actress didn’t go to a Korean film this year!

  8. How refreshing to see that – unlike most other U.S. film critics, who don’t seem to be able to look beyond their home turf – the LA film critics actually acknowledge the brilliant and surely ‘Oscar’ worthy performance of one Agata Kulesza for her ‘supporting actress’ role in “IDA” – surely also an ‘Oscar’ contender, not only in the ‘Best Foreign Film’ category, but also in: ‘best director’; ‘best original screenplay’ and ‘best cinematography’ – so there. Well done LA – bravo !!

  9. JJ says:

    If JK Simmons doesn’t win the Oscar, the whole system is f***ed. Period. The End.

  10. Pierre Edelman says:

    from Pierre Edelman : The performance of J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash” is simply unparalleled. It is a must see for any serious cinephile and Casting Director.

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