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NY and LA Critics Picks are in

"The New York Film Critic Circle and LA Film Critic Association voted this weekend, and here are the results"

 

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2014 has been a strange year in terms of award season frontrunners, with film heavyweights like Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel coming out in early summer, and no clear favorite for “Best Picture” emerging from the crowd of Oscar hopefuls; until this weekend. Coming away a clear favorite, Richard Linklater and his labor-intensive masterpiece Boyhood won top prizes with both critic circles. While the two large critic associations’ choices do not have any actual bearing on what the elusive “Academy” will decide, their picks have re-arranged several “10 Best” lists, and started conversations about several documentaries and current theatrical releases. Starting with the East Coast, the New York Film Critics Circle Picks are below:

Best Picture
Boyhood
Best Director
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actress
Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant, Two Days One Night)
Best Actor
Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Cinematographer
Darius Khondji (The Immigrant)
Best Animated Film
The LEGO Movie
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary)
Citizenfour
Best Foreign Film
Ida
Best First Film
Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)

And the Los Angeles Critics Association are as follows:

Best Picture:
Boyhood
Runner-Up: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Director
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Runner-Up: Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Best Screenplay
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Runner-Up: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. And Armando Bo (Birdman)
Best Actor
Tom Hardy (Locke)
Runner-Up: Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Runner-Up: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Runner Up: Edward Norton (Birdman)
Best Supporting Actress
Agata Kulesza  (Ida)
Runner-Up: Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)
Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
Runner-Up: Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
Best Animation
The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya
Runner-Up: The LEGO Movie
Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
Citizenfour
Runner-Up: Life Itself
Best Foreign-Language Film
Ida
Runner-Up: Winter Sleep
New Generation
Ava Duvernay (Selma)

The LA Critics certainly voted the most “out of the box” throwing Tom Hardy’s performance in Locke and Agata Kulesza’s incredible Ida performance in the mix. While it is probably too late to sway many of the Academy voters, its always interesting to see how the major critic groups vote come awards season. Hopefully the awards will also bolster some interest for important documentaries like Citizenfour and the little-seen foreign gem Ida. Whatever the takeaways from the awards, they are sure to drum up a lot of conversation about some spectacular films; always something film buffs and casual movie fans can get excited about.

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  • Dave

    Tom Hardy for best actor….YES!

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