Film News: Chicago Film Critics Association Names ‘Boyhood’ as 2014’s Best Picture

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CHICAGO – ‘Boyhood,’ director Richard Linklater’s story of a boy maturing from age 6 to age 18 – using the same actor over 12 years – was designated Best Picture by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) at a ceremony on December 15th, 2014.

Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke
‘Boyhood’, the 2014 CFCA Best Picture
Photo credit: IFC Films

There were 17 categories of film excellence selected by the CFCA, including acting, directing, screenplay, production elements and score, plus documentary, animated and foreign language films. Two of the more unique categories are Most Promising Performer and Filmmaker, which honors outstanding newcomers. Richard Linklater of “Boyhood” got the nod for Best Director, with Michael Keaton of “Birdman” taking Best Actor honors, and Julianne Moore of “Still Alice” awarded Best Actress. And the CFCA has joined several other film associations and award shows throughout the country by honoring one of their own – the late great Roger Ebert – by awarding Best Documentary to his biography, “Life Itself.”

The Chicago Film Critics Association is an organization that oversees many events in the Chicagoland area, including the Chicago Film Critics Awards, the Chicago Critics Film Festival and various film discussions and events around the city and surrounding suburbs. The complete list of 2014 honorees are as follows…

StarBest Picture

StarBest Director
Richard Linklater - “Boyhood”

StarBest Actress
Julianne Moore - “Still Alice”

StarBest Actor
Michael Keaton - “Birdman”

StarBest Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette -”Boyhood”

StarBest Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons - “Whiplash”

StarBest Original Screenplay
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” - Wes Anderson

StarBest Adapted Screenplay

“Gone Girl” - Gillian Flynn

StarBest Foreign Language Film
“Force Majeure”

StarBest Documentary
“Life Itself”

StarBest Animated Feature
“The Lego Movie”

StarBest Art Direction/Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

StarBest Cinematography
“Birdman”- Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”- Robert Yeoman

StarBest Editing
“Whiplash” - Tom Cross

StarBest Original Score
“Under the Skin” - Mica Levi

StarMost Promising Performer
Jack O’Connell - “Starred Up/Unbroken”

StarMost Promising Filmmaker
Damien Chazelle - “Whiplash”

For more information about the 2014 film honorees and the CFCA, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Writer, Editorial Coordinator

© 2014 Patrick McDonald,

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