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Boyhood wins LA Film Critics Awards

Richard Linklater's Boyhood has been named best picture of 2014 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Linklater also earned a best director honour for his film, while its star Patricia Arquette picked up the best actress plaudit.

In the past week, Boyhood has become the consensus choice for US critics groups. The Boston Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle and the New York Film Critics Online have all chosen the film as the year's best. Only the National Board of Review differed, giving its top prize to A Most Violent Year.

The LA Film Critics Awards often overlap with eventual Oscar nominees, and sometimes winners, but are also known for some quirky choices. Best actor recipient Tom Hardy, whose nearly solo performance in the little-seen thriller Locke earned him critical raves, is notably absent from any serious awards conversation.

JK Simmons, who is very much in the Oscar conversation, was awarded with best supporting actor for his portrayal of a sadistic jazz instructor in the indie Whiplash.

Beyond Boyhood's four wins, including film editing, only two other films were multi-honourees - the Polish drama Ida which won best foreign language film and best supporting actress for Agata Kulesza, and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel for screenplay and production design.

Aside from the cinematography award for Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman, a favourite among critics, was only runner-up in a variety of categories, including best actor for Michael Keaton and best supporting actor for Edward Norton.

The Edward Snowden film Citizenfour picked up best documentary, with Steve James's ode to Roger Ebert Life Itself taking runner-up. Both films are on the shortlist for Oscar consideration.

Studio Ghibli's fantasy The Tale of Princess Kaguya won for best animation. Gena Rowlands was previously announced as the career achievement award recipient.

Awards will be handed out at the 40th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association ceremony on January 10, 2015.

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