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The New York Film Critics Circle liked Boyhood, The National Board Of Review did not (well, not as much)

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To casual fans of golden statues and ceremonial plaques, awards season is mostly just the months and months of hype that lead up to the Oscars. For true awards aficionados, though, awards season is less of a gentle rain and more of a brutal hurricane, in which famous people are continuously bombarded with accolades. Case in point, we already talked about The Gotham Awards earlier today, and now we’re covering both The New York Film Critics Circle and The National Board Of Review. That’s three in one day!

First up is the New York Film Critics Circle, because its circular nature allowed it to come up with some pretty well-rounded winners. That’s not necessarily true, but we wanted to make a circle joke. Anyway, The Circle really liked Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, enough to give it the Best Picture award, Best Director for Linklater, and Best Supporting actress for Patricia Arquette. As for awards in the Non-Boyhood category, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel grabbed Best Screenplay, The Lego Movie got Best Animated Film, and Jennifer Kent’s much-hyped The Babadook won for Best First Film. The Edward Snowden documentary, Citizenfour, also managed to repeat its Best Documentary win from the Gotham Awards with a Best Non-Fiction Film win from the New York Film Critics and their Circle. Here’s the full list of winners, via Deadline:

Best Film


Best Actor

Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant; Two Days, One Night

Best Director

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Foreign Language Film


Best Animated Film

The Lego Movie

Best Screenplay

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Special Award

Adrienne Mencia

Best Cinematography

Darius Khondji, The Immigrant

Best First Film

Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook

Best Non-fiction Film


The National Board Of Review went in a completely different direction for its awards, having apparently walked away from Boyhood utterly unimpressed with its tale of boys and the boyhoods they experience—though it did list it as a “Top Film.” Instead, its big winner was J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year—an Oscar Isaac-starring crime drama that hasn’t even been released theatrically yet—which nabbed Best Film, with Jessica Chastain getting Best Supporting Actress for it and Isaac sharing Best Actor with Birdman’s Michael Keaton. Clint Eastwood won Best Director for American Sniper, Edward Norton got Best Supporting Actor for Birdman, and How To Train Your Dragon 2 managed to beat The Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature. Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s toy movie did get Best Original Screenplay, at least, with Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice getting Best Adapted Screenplay—just in case that movie needed a bit more positive buzz. The full list of winners below, also via Deadline:


Best Film

A Most Violent Year

Best Director

Clint Eastwood, American Sniper

Best Actor (TIE)

Oscar Isaac, A Most Violent Year; Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor

Edward Norton, Birdman

Best Supporting Actress

Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

Best Original Screenplay

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, The Lego Movie

Best Adapted Screenplay

Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Breakthrough Performance

Jack O’Connell, Starred Up & Unbroken

Best Directorial Debut

Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child

Best Foreign Language Film

Wild Tales

Best Documentary

Life Itself

William K. Everson Film History Award

Scott Eyman

Best Ensemble


Spotlight Award

Chris Rock for Top Five

NBR Freedom of Expression Award


NBR Freedom of Expression Award


Top Films

American Sniper




Gone Girl

The Imitation Game

Inherent Vice

The Lego Movie



Top 5 Foreign Language Films

Force Majeure

Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem


Two Days, One Night

We Are the Best!

Top 5 Documentaries

Art and Craft

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Keep On Keepin’ On

The Kill Team

Last Days in Vietnam

Top 10 Independent Films

Blue Ruin


A Most Wanted Man

Mr. Turner

Obvious Child

The Skeleton Twins


Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Starred Up

Still Alice

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