Boyhood wins at Critics' Choice
Boyhood continued a winning surge through awards season as it took top prizes at the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles.
The movie, which was filmed over the course of twelve years, was named Best Picture, while Patricia Arquette took Best Supporting Actress, Richard Linklater took Best Director and Ellar Coltrane won Best Young Actor.
The film has already scored Golden Globes for Director and Supporting Actress as well as Best Drama Movie and has been showered with six Oscar nominations.
Collecting the Best Picture trophy with his cast at the glittering ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium, Richard said: "It is a really special day for us. My sisters and I grew up shuffling between my mum and dad and we were made to feel like we were the children of divorce but when I became a parent I realised nothing was broken and nobody failed.
"These are the impressions we carry around that are the essence of life itself and it gives us the opportunity to care about each other and this intimate film that we did is all about that."
Birdman was the most nominated film, and led the pack with seven gongs, including Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy for Michael Keaton, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Score.
Scooping up his Best Actor prize, the former Batman star said: "I just want to thank anyone in this room who has ever thrown me a solid, but the idea someone is better than someone else just isn't true. Look no further than (fellow nominee) Ethan Hawke. I'm going to take it anyway though."
Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice, while popular choice JK Simmons scored Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash, Bradley Cooper won for Best Actor in an Action Movie for American Sniper and Emily Blunt clinched Best Actress in an Action Movie for Edge Of Tomorrow.
Kevin Costner, Ron Howard and Jessica Chastain received special honours at the star-filled ceremony. Rene Russo presented Kevin with the Lifetime Achievement Award celebrating more than three decades of work in film.
Rush star Chris Hemsworth presented the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award to his director Ron Howard while Chris Pratt presented the inaugural Critics' Choice MVP Award to Jessica Chastain, his co-star in Zero Dark Thirty, for her busy year starring in Interstellar, Miss Julie, A Most Violent Year and The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby.
Overlooked by the Oscars, The Lego Movie won Best Animated Feature and Life Itself won Best Documentary.
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards are voted for by the largest film critics' organisation in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics.