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Richard Linklater's gutsy film hoards awards from North Texas critics

Richard Linklater's gutsy film hoards awards from North Texas critics

Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood
The North Texas Film Critics Association declared Boyhood the best film of 2014. It also received awards for best director and best supporting actress. Photo by Matt Lankes/IFC Films
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
J.K. Simmons (left) was the critics' pick for best supporting actor in Whiplash. Photo by Daniel McFadden/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
Jake Gyllenhaal was deemed best actor for his performance in Nightcrawler. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick
Michael Keaton in Birdman
Birdman received the award for best ensemble cast — a first for this year. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton in Birdman

The North Texas Film Critics Association — of which our Alex Bentley is a member — has released its picks for the best of 2014. They selected winners in 11 categories, and Boyhood emerged as the favorite in more than one.

The Texas-set, coming-of-age drama took top honors in best film, best director (Richard Linklater) and best supporting actress (Patricia Arquette); it came in at No. 3 on Bentley's best-of list as well. Here is the complete list of the association's top 10 movies from last year:

  1. Boyhood
  2. Whiplash
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Birdman
  5. The Imitation Game
  6. Gone Girl
  7. The Theory of Everything
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. Chef
  10. Interstellar

New this year, the association also gave an award for best ensemble cast, and that went to Birdman. The winners in the remaining categories are Jake Gyllenhaal for best actor (Nightcrawler), Rosamund Pike for best actress (Gone Girl), J.K. Simmons for best supporting actor (Whiplash), Ida for best foreign language film, Life Itself for best documentary, The Lego Movie for best animated film, and Hoyte Van Hoytema for best cinematography (Interstellar).