Richard Linklater was the big winner at last night’s London Critics’ Circle Film Awards as Boyhood took home Best Film and Best Director…
Richard Linklater was celebrating last night as Boyhood took home the biggest prizes at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. The film triumphed in the Film of the Year category, while Linklater bagged Best Director and Patricia Arquette was named Supporting Actress of the Year.
The the 35th annual ceremony, the UK’s top film critics named Boyhood the best film of 2014 with previous winners Alice Lowe and Steve Oram hosting the event at The May Fair Hotel.
Established in 1913, The Critics’ Circle is the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, with more than 400 members who work in the UK media as critics of drama, art and architecture, music, film, dance and literature. Chaired by Anna Smith, the Film Section membership is made up of more than 140 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, including Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, the BBC’s Mark Kermode and Sight & Sound Editor Nick James, and has presented its awards annually since 1980.
The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film to Miranda Richardson, handed to her by her friend and colleague Stanley Tucci.
The evening’s other big winner was Under the Skin, for which Jonathan Glazer was on hand to collect the Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year, and composer Mica Levi accepted the Technical Achievement Award for her score. Recently Oscar-nominated producers Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky were present to receive Documentary of the Year for Citizenfour. Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev accepted his Foreign-language Film by video.
Other winners in attendance included British Actor Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) and Young British Performer Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game). Special guests and nominees present included Daniel Huttlestone, Corey McKinley, Florence Pugh, Toby Sebastian, Louise Brealey, Matthew Warchus, Hossein Amini, James Kent, Elaine Constantine, Steve Jamison, Mike Brett, Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, Andre Singer and Robin Gulch.