L.A. film critics crown 'Boyhood' best film, Linklater best director

'Boyhood' is L.A. Film Critics Assn.'s pick as best film

Director Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was the big winner Sunday at the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards, as the coming-of-age drama shot over 12 years won best film, direction, editing and lead actress.

Runner-up for best film was Wes Anderson’s off-beat comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Anderson, who was runner-up in the director category, won the screenplay award.

Patricia Arquette won lead actress for her performance as a single mother in “Boyhood.” Tom Hardy won lead actor for the British drama “Locke,” in which he is the only actor on screen in the tale of a construction manager who puts his career and marriage on the line.

J.K. Simmons won the supporting actor award for “Whiplash,” and Agata Kulesza was an unexpected supporting actress winner for the Polish drama “Ida.”

Runners-up in the acting categories were Julianne Moore, lead actress for “Still Alice”; Michael Keaton, lead actor in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"; Rene Russo, supporting actress in “Nightcrawler”; and Edward Norton, supporting actor in “Birdman.”

“Birdman” writers Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo were runners-up in the screenplay category.

The win for “Boyhood” was matched with two other honors Sunday: The film took top honors from the Boston Society of Film Critics and was named best international independent film at the British Independent Film Awards. Last week, “Boyhood” took top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, which named Linklater its top director and gave Arquette supporting acting honors.

Also getting a boost from L.A. critics Sunday: Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which won in the documentary/nonfiction film category. “Life Itself” was runner-up.

Ava DuVernay, the director of “Selma,” won the New Generation Award.

Adam Stockhausen won production design honors for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” with Ondrej Nekvasil named runner-up for “Snowpiercer.”

The award for animated film went to “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.” “The Lego Movie” was runner-up.

Emmanuel Lubezki was selected for his cinematography in “Birdman.” He also won the honor last year for “Gravity.”

There was a tie for best score between Jonny Greenwood for “Inherent Vice” and Mica Levi for “Under the Skin.”

Sandra Adair won best editing for “Boyhood.” Barney Pilling was runner-up for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

The Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award went to Walter Reuben's “The David Whiting Story.”

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands, who starred in “A Woman Under the Influence” and other films directed by her husband, John Cassavetes, was previously announced as the winner of the career achievement award.



An earlier version of this article said that the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards would be presented on Jan. 15.  They will be presented on Jan. 10.


The awards will be presented Jan. 10 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

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