The New York Film Critics Circle released its annual list of award winners yesterday and there were some surprising results. Best picture went to Boyhood, with its star Patricia Arquette scoring the win for her supporting actress performance and Richard Linklater earning best director honors. Marion Cotillard actually picked up the best actress award for her work in two films, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night. Best actor went to Timothy Spall for his turn in Mr. Turner, while best supporting actor was awarded to J.K. Simmons for Whiplash.
Other winners included The Grand Budapest Hotel for best screenplay, The LEGO Movie for best animated film, Darius Khondji as best cinematographer for The Immigrant, Ida for best foreign film, Citizenfour for best non-fiction film (documentary), Jennifer Kent received best first film for The Babadook and a special award was given to Adrienne Mancia.
These awards are often an early indicator for Oscar nominations, so it will be interesting to see if any of the winners end up earning nods. The New York Film Critics Circle Awards will be officially distributed in a ceremony on January 5 in New York City.