LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Boyhood," Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making epic of childhood, won four prizes from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Sunday: best picture, director, actress for Patricia Arquette and editor for Sandra Adair.
The IFC Films release, a critical favorite ever since its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, was also tapped for picture and director honours by the New York Film Critics Circle. The Gotham group also honored Arquette for her turn as a college professor and mother of two in "Boyhood," but for supporting actress, not lead.
Running a close second among the group's favorites was Wes Anderson's 1930s mittel-European caper pic "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which was honored for Anderson's screenplay and Adam Stockhausen's production design. The Fox Searchlight release was the runner-up for picture and director.
The other multiple prizewinner of the day was Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida." Released by Music Box Films in the U.S., the stark black-and-white drama drew awards not only for foreign-language film, but also for supporting actress Agata Kulesza, who plays the title character's aunt, a former state prosecutor in communist Poland.
The award for best actor went to Tom Hardy for his one-man show in Steven Knight's "Locke," in a surprise victory over Michael Keaton in "Birdman." Although strongly favored in the picture and director categories, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's film took only one prize, for Emmanuel Lubezki's cinematography. (It's Lubezki's fourth prize from the L.A. critics; he previously won for "Children of Men," "The Tree of Life" and "Gravity.")
J.K. Simmons won best supporting actor for his ferocious turn as the jazz-band leader from hell in "Whiplash," adding to his earlier citation by the New York critics. The runner-up in that category was Edward Norton for "Birdman."
The animation prize went to Japanese director Isao Takahata's hand-drawn "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya," beating out Warner Bros.' CG toon "The Lego Movie." "Citizenfour," Laura Poitras' portrait of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, took the prize for documentary/nonfiction film over "Life Itself," Steve James' film about the late Roger Ebert.
In a tie, Jonny Greenwood ("Inherent Vice") and Mica Levi ("Under the Skin") shared the prize for music/score. The New Generation prize went to director Ava DuVernay for "Selma," her dramatic account of Martin Luther King Jr.'s voting-rights march from the eponymous Alabama city.
As previously announced, Gena Rowlands will receive the group's career achievement award. A special citation will go to longtime LAFCA member Leonard Maltin.
The full list of winners:
Actor: Tom Hardy, "Locke" Runner-up: Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
Actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood" Runner-up: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Screenplay: Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Runner-up: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, "Birdman"
Documentary/nonfiction film: "Citizenfour" Runner-up: "Life Itself"
Animation: "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" Runner-up: "The Lego Movie"
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman" Runner-up: Dick Pope, "Mr. Turner"
Production design: Adam Stockhausen, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Runner-up: Ondrej Nekvasil, "Snowpiercer"
Music/score: Jonny Greenwood, "Inherent Vice," and Mica Levi, "Under the Skin" (tie)
New Generation: Ava DuVernay, "Selma"
Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video: Walter Reuben, "The David Whiting Story"
Career achievement: Gena Rowlands
Special citation: Leonard Maltin