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‘Boyhood Adds Wins With L.A. and Boston Critics: Still Hope for ‘Birdman’ and ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

'Boyhood Adds Wins With L.A. and Boston Critics: Still Hope for 'Birdman' and 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

As far as critics awards go, the status hasn’t shifted since the wee hours of January 20: Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is still the movie to beat, adding wins at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Boston Film Critics Society to its triumph at the New York Film Critics Circle. It also won for director, actress (Patricia Arquette) and editing in L.A., and director, editing, ensemble cast and screenplay (shared with “Birdman”) in Boston. As I’ve written before, this kind of near-unanimous acclaim can be disheartening, regardless of the quality of the movie — although I should admit that much as I like the movie, I doubt it will rank higher than the bottom of my still in-progress Top 10 for the year. At this point, it’s hard to believe the message that critics are gaga for “Boyhood” hasn’t gotten out, and while they should vote their conscience, it’s nice to see any award that broadens the field rather than narrowing it.

In Los Angeles, critics voted Tom Hardy Best Actor for “Locke” — perhaps, as Boston Globe critic and Hardy supporter Ty Burr pointed out, a gimme in a city whose citizens spend so much time in their cars — and Agata Kulesza Best Supporting Actress for “Ida,” with Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” continuing its surprising late-season surge by winning screenplay and production design. Boston’s awards generally lined up with the expected candidates — “Birdman” for actor and cinematography, J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash,” “Citizenfour” for documentary — but they duplicated the NYFCC’s citation of Marion Cotillard for “The Immigrant” and “Two Days, One Night,” putting her firmly in the conversation for what’s been frequently (if questionably) dubbed a weak Best Actress year. According to Burr, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” finished runner-up in a number of categories, which would really have shaken things up.

Considering it’s had 11 months to get started and hasn’t, a “Boyhood” backlash is unlikely to spawn at this point in the process. But in a year with so many great movies, it will be especially interesting to see the results of the upcoming polls — Indiewire, the Village Voice, and Film Comment ballots all come in this week — where we get to see more than just who takes the top spot.

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

Best Picture: Boyhood

Best Director: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Actor: Tom Hardy, “Locke:

Best Actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Supporting Actress: Agata Kulesza, “Ida”

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Screenplay: Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Documentary: “Citizenfour”

Best Foreign Film: “Ida”

Best Animated Film: “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Best Score: Jonny Greenwood, “Inherent Vice”

Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Editing: Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”

New Generation Award: Ava DuVernay, “Selma”

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

Boston Film Critics Society Awards:

Best Picture: “Boyhood”

Best Director: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Actor: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, “The Immigrant” and “Two Days, One Night”

Best Supporting Actor:  J. K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress: Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Best Screenplay:  (tie) Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, 
“Birdman”; Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Best Documentary: “Citizenfour”

Best Foreign-Language Film (awarded in memory of Jay Carr): “Two Days, One Night”

Best Animated Film: “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer): Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy): Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

Best Ensemble Cast: “Boyhood”

Best Use of Music in a Film: “Inherent Vice”

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