‘Boyhood’ Named Best Film of 2014 by New York Film Critics Circle


The New York Film Critics Circle named “Boyhood” the best film of 2014, with the film also scoring honors for director Richard Linklater and supporting actress Patricia Arquette.

Other acting awards went to Marion Cotillard for her work in two films, “The Immigrant” and “Two Days, One Night” (best actress), as well as to Timothy Spall for “Mr. Turner” (best actor) and J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash” (supporting actor).

Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the trophy for screenplay, and Jennifer Kent’s “The Babadook” won NYFCC’s award for first film. Other honors went to Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s Polish film “Ida” and  “The Lego Movie.” Darius Khondji won the cinematography award for “The Immigrant.”

NYFCC gave a special award to Adrienne Mancia, the former film curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The organization tweeted its selections as the decisions were being made during voting session meeting, held Monday in New York.

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  1. Scotty Gunn says:

    Sorry, read lots of reviews and synopsis of the plot online, sounds dull as watching paint dry. We all grew up and had experiences. No one wants to hear about it.

  2. Lemonjello says:

    I’ll never see the movie out here in the middle of Nowhere.

    Here’s for our struggle.


  3. KatrinaAnon says:

    Well in spite of the movie being an Oscar contender you really have to hunt around to find a brief description of the movie. I was not surprised to read it was another coming out flick. IT willing no doubt be a popular movie with Hollywood and the critics and willing likely make its money back but I doubt it willing be popular among the movie going public.

  4. R. Raskalnikov says:

    grunt…snort…Timothy Spall…grumble…Indeed!…grunt…growl….grunt…

  5. BinRaleigh says:

    While I applaud the effort to use the same cast for such a long duration, it just didn’t work. Watching the male lead develop actual acting skills by the end of the movie was the highlight of the film.

  6. Dar Massian says:

    This moved SUCKED….the only good thing was the song in the sound track from Family of the Year.
    Boring, boring, and amateur screen writing. The movie never grabbed the viewer or pulled you in…..unlike Forest Gump. Guess I was expecting more….but again….this movie sucked beyond suc
    kage !!

  7. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    “IDA” is not only Best Foreign Film, ITS THE BEST FILM OF 2014, so all voters please make sure you screen it.

  8. S Gibson says:

    If the critics think ‘Boyhood’ is the best film of 2014, they must be smoking crack.

  9. Rob Hruska says:

    The Babadook was utterly deserving of any award it receives. One of the best horror films of the last 30 years.

  10. Probably the WORST film I have ever seen in decades. What were the injecting?

    • Roger Predominant says:

      Given the director filmed flicks like Dazed and Confused, Slacker and A Scanner Darkly, probably quite a bit.
      Did you expect that crowd to pick a conventional film?
      I’m sure Clint Eastwood isn’t disappointed.

  11. rick jones says:

    This movie is built on a good idea that falters under extremely forced and inauthentic performances. People (critics) get off on it because of its obvious political leanings. Someone in this thread compares this film to Citizen Cane? That simply defies serious logic. Sorry, but the film is two hours too long and, at its core, is horrible.

  12. byronlutz says:

    Boyhood is a masterpiece. The public didn’t like Citizen Kane when it was released either.

  13. Reality Checked says:

    The New York Film Critics Circle clearly needs to widen their circle… The movie ‘Boyhood’ was just “OK” but far, far from being “Best Picture.” Another classic example of the ever-widening disconnect between “critics” and reality and the average movie-goer. It must be a let-down to watch a movie as a critic rather than simply someone who enjoys going to see a movie for entertainment and not employment.

    • Roger Predominant says:

      Well that’s the whole point. They don’t WANT to be in touch with the average movie-goer; they’d rather feel superior. You’re dealing with people who yearn to feel special about themselves more so than be judicious in watching all movies fairly, much less in critiquing all of them.

  14. GOCK says:

    So lemme guess..;boyhood is about a boy who is forced to play sports, forced to date girls but as a young man, finds his true self and comes “out” and blames his tragic childhood on terrible parents….

  15. buckroy says:

    Wouldn’t walk across the street to see any of these Politically Correct pieces of propaganda tripe….

  16. Tom says:

    wow. Never heard of any of these “films.” Guess I”m not sophisticated enough.

  17. Charles Scruffy says:

    I would rather watch reruns of the Brady Bunch than all these so called movies. Way more interesting and better Drama

  18. Stergios says:

    I’m so dalm happy right now for the incredible Marion Cotillard and her more than deserved win at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards! So glad to watch her 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 phenomenal 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. The whole theatre was in tears throughout the screening I saw for Two Days, One Night. 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. Yes, a foreign-language drama of social realism by the Dardennes Brothers probably isn’t the voters’ cup of tea, but they really have to honor a tremendous performance in such an important film, let alone from an exceptional actress who has putting out consistently brilliant performances the last seven (!) years after her much deserved win for her legendary performance in La Vie En Rose. She has to score her second win this year and if not for that at least a ridiculously overdue second Oscar nomination.

  19. cristo says:

    Arquette should have won for, “The Badge.”

  20. Victoria says:

    They always pick the obscurish movies. None of the actors here who won will win an Oscar.

    • Craig says:

      Except, that that is not entirely true. Based on a lot of experts opinions and betting odds, Patricia Arquette is the likely to win the supporting actress Oscar. Timothy Spall originally was set to be one of the 5 nominated actors for the Best Actor award this year, but the race has become even tighter there and he might not get the nomination after all. But the Academy does love Mike Leigh (director of Mr. Turner), so he could hook in that way.

      As for Marion Cotillard, there is always the likelihood of her receiving a nomination for Two Days, One Night. So far, its predicted that only 4 out of the 5 nomination slots for Best Actress are pretty much set in stone, with different guesses being thrown in for the 5th nom.

  21. dabba says:

    “Boyhood’ Named Best Film of 2014 by New York Film Critics Circle”

    That is EXACTLY the reason why I will not waste my time watching this movie.

  22. Who says only two things come from Texas? Add a third: great filmmakers. Congrats to Wes Anderson & Richard Linklater!

  23. Nobody really gives one sh*t about Hollywood and their output anymore!

  24. loolooeasy says:

    I’d be comfortable with the same people/movies winning the Oscars as well.

  25. Pedro says:

    Marion Cotillard is a bloody brilliant genius! So happy she is being recognized for her incredible contributions to cinema.

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