Oscars Watch: 2014 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

First out of the gate for the awards season is the New York Film Critics Circle, placing “Boyhood” at the top of their list. Being predicted to garner a lot of Academy attention, Richard Linklater’s 12 year endeavor will likely end up on many of the best of lists this year. Along with Best Picture and Best Director, Patricia Arquette also received Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Boyhood”. Also not a huge surprise are J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) with Best Supporting Actor, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for Best Screenplay, and “Ida” for Best Foreign Language Film. The surprises come from the wins for “The Immigrant,” a film that has zero Oscar buzz about it, which grabbed a win for Marion Cotillard as the Best Actress and Darius Khondji for Best Cinematography. Do not expect a repeat of that when the Oscar nominations are released. Do expect to see “The Lego Movie” and “Citizenfour” getting nominations however. Here is the official list:

Best Picture: “Boyhood”
Best Director: Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”)
Best First Film: Jennifer Kent (“The Babadook”)
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (for “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 Screenplay: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Cinematography: Darius Khondji (“The Immigrant”)
Best Animated Film: “The Lego Movie”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Ida”
Best Nonfiction Film: “Citizenfour”
Special Award: Adrienne Mancia

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