Director Richard Linklater’s acclaimed movie Boyhood has been given a big Oscars boost after landing the Best Picture prize at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
The coming-of-age film, which was shot over the course of 12 years, also earned Linklater the Best Director honor and Patricia Arquette the Best Supporting Actress accolade, while lead acting titles went to Timothy Spall for his portrayal of artist J.M.W. Turner in Mr. Turner and Marion Cotillard, who was celebrated for her roles in both The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night.
The Immigrant also picked up Best Cinematography for Darius Khondji, while filmmaker Wes Anderson claimed Best Screenplay for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The NYFCC’s top picks, which were announced on Twitter today, are considered to be among the best indicators in the run up to the Academy Awards.
The honors will be presented during a ceremony in New York next month.
The full list of winners is below:
Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Actor: Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Animated Film: The LEGO Movie
Best Nonfiction Film: Citizenfour
Best Screenplay: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Cinematography: Darius Khondji, The Immigrant
Best First Film: Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
Special Award: Adrienne Mancia