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New York Film Critics Circle names Boyhood best picture of the year

12.01.2014

Now that we are in December, it is time for the various critical awards to begin naming their best of lists for 2014. While most of these will have no bearing on who will eventually win the Oscar for Best Picture, they definitely can indicate the finalists for that honor. With many already proclaiming Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD a masterpiece, it now has it's first title of the season.

The New York Film Critics Circle has named BOYHOOD their Best Picture of the Year and Linklater as Best Director. The movie may not fit the traditional meaning of the cinematic phrase "epic", but Linklater's twelve year odyssey to film the growth of a young man from child to adult using the same actors over the entire journey is unlike anything ever filmed before.

The NYFCC is one of the most recognized awards given out at this time of year and their opinion means a lot. But, as I said before, it doesn't guarantee an Oscar. Last year they named AMERICAN HUSTLE as the best film and that movie lost to 12 YEARS A SLAVE. BOYHOOD may not win Oscar glory, but it definitely is a film that must be seen. It is a powerful and unique film experience.

For the full list of 2014 NYFCC winners, see the list below.

Best Picture: 
Boyhood
 
Best Director:
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
 
Best Screenplay:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
 
Best Actress: 
Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night

Best Actor: 
Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
 
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Supporting Actor:
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
 
Best Foreign Language Film:
Ida
 
Best Cinematography:
Darius Khondji, The Immigrant

Best Nonfiction Film:           
Citizenfour
 
Best First Film: 
Jennifer Kent, The Babadook

Best Animated Film:
The Lego Movie
 
Special Award:
Adrienne Mancia

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Source: Deadline

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5:41PM on 12/01/2014
Can't say I would argue with any of those.
Can't say I would argue with any of those.
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5:17PM on 12/01/2014
I would actually have not problem with this. Certainly, Richard Linklater seems to have renewed interest surrounding his work as a whole thanks to that project (and Matthew McConaughey's renaissance). I know politically giving the Oscar to Boyhood should play favorably. Little movie, first of its kind, underappreciated American auteur, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age movie. That's the kind of story that wins movies awards.

The only thing that can beat that is hot-button political
I would actually have not problem with this. Certainly, Richard Linklater seems to have renewed interest surrounding his work as a whole thanks to that project (and Matthew McConaughey's renaissance). I know politically giving the Oscar to Boyhood should play favorably. Little movie, first of its kind, underappreciated American auteur, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age movie. That's the kind of story that wins movies awards.

The only thing that can beat that is hot-button political issues, and super-detailed, groundbreaking special effects world-building.
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4:09PM on 12/01/2014
I cannot believe so many people have bought into this gimmicky and hollow film. Yes it was impressive that tey spent so many years making it but the story had no substance and nothing happened. It was also questionably acted by all those not named Hawke or Arquette. If it didn't have the age gimmick to hide the huge inadequatecies of the satori, it would not have gotten all the attention it has.
I cannot believe so many people have bought into this gimmicky and hollow film. Yes it was impressive that tey spent so many years making it but the story had no substance and nothing happened. It was also questionably acted by all those not named Hawke or Arquette. If it didn't have the age gimmick to hide the huge inadequatecies of the satori, it would not have gotten all the attention it has.
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6:03PM on 12/01/2014
No substance and nothing happened?...It was a story about a boy growing up, a story about life. You honestly don't know what you're talking about.
No substance and nothing happened?...It was a story about a boy growing up, a story about life. You honestly don't know what you're talking about.
7:15PM on 12/01/2014
Please stop watching movies. I fear you might hurt yourself.
Please stop watching movies. I fear you might hurt yourself.
8:03PM on 12/01/2014
Why because I wasn't wowed by a hollow story? No one will even remember this movie other than the gimmick in a few years.
Why because I wasn't wowed by a hollow story? No one will even remember this movie other than the gimmick in a few years.
8:10PM on 12/01/2014
OK, I told you that it was a story about a boy growing up, a story about life, so in no way was it hollow.

I loved the movie, so I will always remember it... There is beauty in life stories. And you need to grow up. There's more to movies than just sex, drugs and rock n' roll.
OK, I told you that it was a story about a boy growing up, a story about life, so in no way was it hollow.

I loved the movie, so I will always remember it... There is beauty in life stories. And you need to grow up. There's more to movies than just sex, drugs and rock n' roll.
11:16PM on 12/01/2014
I need to grow up because I didn't like a certain movie? That makes a lot of sense. Plus, You have no idea what kind of movies I like. So your comment is ridiculous. I don't need sex, drugs, and rock & roll. I need a good story. Something Boyhood did not have.
I need to grow up because I didn't like a certain movie? That makes a lot of sense. Plus, You have no idea what kind of movies I like. So your comment is ridiculous. I don't need sex, drugs, and rock & roll. I need a good story. Something Boyhood did not have.
6:51AM on 12/02/2014
"I need to grow up because I didn't like a certain movie? That makes a lot of sense."

That's not at all why I said that. The fact that you were upset or something clouded your judgement when reading my reply. I said you need to grow up because I said the movie was a story about a boy growing up, a story about life, so in no way was it hollow, which you said it was, and I also said that there is beauty in life stories.

"I don't need sex, drugs, and rock & roll. I need a good story."

I
"I need to grow up because I didn't like a certain movie? That makes a lot of sense."

That's not at all why I said that. The fact that you were upset or something clouded your judgement when reading my reply. I said you need to grow up because I said the movie was a story about a boy growing up, a story about life, so in no way was it hollow, which you said it was, and I also said that there is beauty in life stories.

"I don't need sex, drugs, and rock & roll. I need a good story."

I was saying you apparently need those to be in a movie in order for them to be good in your book.
3:36PM on 12/01/2014

A well-deserved win

BOYHOOD is one of the ballsiest projects ever committed to film. If it doesn't take the Oscar, it will definitely join films like RAGING BULL and TAXI DRIVER as a legendary movie that was robbed off of its due.
BOYHOOD is one of the ballsiest projects ever committed to film. If it doesn't take the Oscar, it will definitely join films like RAGING BULL and TAXI DRIVER as a legendary movie that was robbed off of its due.
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3:11PM on 12/01/2014

Good for Linklater

Guy has been doing ace pictures for years. Glad he is going to start winning awards for that film. It was definitely one that took time and came out great.

That is one for Simmons in what I think is going to be the back and forth of the season. It is going to be between him and Norton for Best Supporting
Guy has been doing ace pictures for years. Glad he is going to start winning awards for that film. It was definitely one that took time and came out great.

That is one for Simmons in what I think is going to be the back and forth of the season. It is going to be between him and Norton for Best Supporting
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