Over the next couple months, you will probably hear the phrase “Well Boyhood dominated…” or “Boyhood sweeps ‘insert critics group or award show’.” Rightfully, so! Yesterday the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) anointed Boyhood with 3 wins, Best Film, Best Director-Richard Linklater, and Best Supporting Actress-Patricia Arquette.
The only other film to win multiple prizes from this group was The Immigrant, which is available on Netflix instant. The Immigrant took home two prizes, Best Actress-Marion Cotillard (she shared this prize for her work in Two Days, One Night), and Best Cinematography.
With the men, there was one favorite winning, Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons who was fantastic in Whiplash, and one underdog winner, Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner.
What do these wins mean, as the beginning of award show season picks up at a rapid pace now? Well it’s just the beginning so buckle up!
Best Picture-Boyhood is getting a nomination; the last film to win here and not get a nomination was United 93 in 2006, which was also before the 5 or more rule at the Oscars. Only 4 winners since 2000 have won here, and at the Oscars.
Best Director-Richard Linklater is in good company 12 of the past 14 winners have gone on to Oscar nominations, like Boyhood he is a lock for a Director nomination. Seven of the 14 have won! I would squeal with glee if this many won this Oscar.
Best Actor-Timothy Spall, was bit of a surprise, I thought they were going to go for Keaton. Since 2000, only 2 actors have won here, and not been nominated at the Oscars, Paul Giamatti for Sideways (2005) and Robert Redford in All is Lost (2013). Spall has been in and out of people’s predictions for a long time, I think this helps him, but in a crowded year, once again; he is no sure bet.
Best Actress-Marion Cotillard statically has it harder, although not impossible. Since 2000 11 women have gone on to have been nominated in this category, 4 have won. When the NYFCC pick an actress from a little seen independent film like Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea it’s a bit harder. Cotillard winning for two films also hurts her, but look for the critics and Oscar to disagree on this one in a big way this year.
Best Supporting Actor-J.K. Simmons is a lock for an Oscar nomination; it’s the type of role actor’s love. Only 9 men since 2000 have been nominated, four have won. Simmons should have his tux ready to go, and maybe a speech or two.
Best Supporting Actress-Patricia Arquette has the best statistics on her side, 12 of the past fourteen winners have gone on to Oscar nominations, with 5 winners, and many frontrunners. Pretty happy about this!
At the end of the day it of course is about the art, and I am just glad this group redeemed themselves after last year’s Armond White, American Hustle fiasco. Great work.
Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best First Film: Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (for The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night)
Best Actor: Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Cinematography: Darius Khondji (The Immigrant)
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Nonfiction Film: Citizenfour
Special Award: Adrienne Mancia