Boyhood Is Big At London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

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The UK’s top film critics named Boyhood as Film of the Year at their annual ceremony tonight, hosted by previous winners Alice Lowe and Steve Oram at The May Fair Hotel. In addition to Film, Boyhood also won Director for Richard Linklater and Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette.

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.

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, and composer Mica Levi accepted the Technical Achievement Award for her score. Recently Oscar-nominated producers Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky were present to receive Documentary of the Year for Citizenfour. Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev accepted his Foreign-language Film by video.



Other winners in attendance included British Actor Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) and Young British Performer Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game). Special guests and nominees present included Daniel Huttlestone, Corey McKinley, Florence Pugh, Toby Sebastian, Louise Brealey, Matthew Warchus, Hossein Amini, James Kent, Elaine Constantine, Steve Jamison, Mike Brett, Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, Andre Singer and Robin Gulch.

About The Critics’ Circle:

Established in 1913, The Critics’ Circle is the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, with more than 400 members who work in the UK media as critics of drama, art and architecture, music, film, dance and literature. Chaired by Anna Smith, the Film Section membership is made up of more than 140 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, including Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, the BBC’s Mark Kermode and Sight & Sound Editor Nick James, and has presented its awards annually since 1980. www.criticscircle.org.uk

35th LONDON CRITICS’ CIRCLE FILM AWARDS WINNERS

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


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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