And the Oscar season now officially begins with the New York Film Critics Circle announcing their winners for the year 2014. This critic group is the very first to announce their picks. They are followed by hundreds of others over the time leading up to the Oscars.
NYFCC didn't disappoint this year by awarding some truly amazing, mostly surprising and solid choices. "Boyhood" won best picture, director for Richard Linklater as well as supporting actress for Patricia Arquette. This is something I am hoping everybody will follow, the supremely amazing film that it is. Marion Cotillard won best actress for her two stunning performances in Dardenne brothers' "Two Days, One Night" as well as the overlooked, "The Immigrant". The Immigrant also won for cinematography, something I was hoping but never expected. I predicted Cotillard's double-win, they get pretty adventurous in this category sometimes and personally it works.
Other wins were for "The Babadook" as first film, "Ida" for foreign language and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" for screenplay. Cannes winner Timothy Spall repeated his win with the group for his performance in "Mr. Turner". J.K. Simmons won supporting actor for "Whiplash", another one of those predicted by almost everybody and expected to continue doing so. Congratulations to all the winners. The hunger games have begun!
Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Actor: Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (for The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night)
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Foreign Language Film: IDA
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie
Best Non-Fiction Film: Citizenfour
Best Cinematography: Darius Khondji (The Immigrant)
Best First Film: Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Special Award: Adrienne Mancia