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Boyhood wins big at London Critics' Circle Film Awards

Boyhood

Story by Jack Foley

RICHARD Linklater’s Boyhood has emerged as the big winner at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards taking Film of the Year among its three awards.

The film, which took 12 years to make and which chronicles the life of a young boy over that time period, also won Linklater the best director trophy and saw Patricia Arquette recognised as best supporting actress.

Michael Keaton took best actor for his performance in Birdman, while Julianne Moore was crowned best actress for her performance in Still Alice. Both recently won the Golden Globe Awards for their performances and have also been Oscar nominated.

The evening’s other big winner was Under The Skin, for which Jonathan Glazer was on hand to collect the Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year.

While the highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film to Miranda Richardson, handed to her by her friend and colleague Stanley Tucci.

Oscar favourite JK Simmons also picked up the best supporting actor prize for his performance in Whiplash.

Other winners included Best British Actor Timothy Spall (for Mr Turner) and Young British Performer Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game).

Yann Demange was also named Breakthrough British Filmmaker for his stunning debut, 71, starring Jack O’Connell.

The winners in full

FILM OF THE YEAR
Boyhood (Universal)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Leviathan (Curzon Artificial Eye)

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
Under the Skin (StudioCanal)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Citizenfour (Curzon Artificial Eye)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Michael Keaton – Birdman (Fox)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Julianne Moore – Still Alice (Curzon Artificial Eye)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
JK Simmons – Whiplash (Sony)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood (Universal)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Timothy Spall – Mr Turner (eOne)

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl (Fox) & What We Did on Our Holiday (Lionsgate)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Alex Lawther – The Imitation Game (StudioCanal)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Richard Linklater – Boyhood (Universal)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox)

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Yann Demange – ’71 (StudioCanal)

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Under the Skin – Mica Levi, score (StudioCanal)

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Miranda Richardson

TOP 10 FILMS of 2014
1. Boyhood
2. Birdman
3. Under the Skin
4. Whiplash
5. Mr Turner
6. Leviathan
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. Ida
9. Nightcrawler
10. The Theory of Everything