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Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane, in the London critics' best film of 2014, Boyhood.

Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane, in the London critics’ best film, Boyhood.

Boyhood has come away from the 35th annual London Film Critics Circle Awards as the biggest winner of the night, with three prizes; best film, best director for Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette as the best supporting actress of the year.

The other three main acting awards also went to American actors who triumphed at last week’s Golden Globes: Birdman‘s Michael Keaton was named the best actor, Julianne Moore was voted the best actress for playing a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease in Still Alice and JK Simmons won his latest best supporting actor prize for his turn as a tyrannical music teacher in Whiplash. Another American, Wes Anderson, was honoured for his screenplay for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

British winners, at the ceremony at the May Fair Hotel in central London, were limited to the parochial categories set up specifically to honour them: Jonathan Glazer collected the award for the best British Film of the Year for Under the Skin, which was recognised at the British Independent Film Awards in 2013. The film’s composer Mica Levi won the award for the best technical achievement. The Oscar-nominated Rosamund Pike was named the best British actress, for Gone Girl. An actor overlooked by everyone since Cannes, Timothy Spall, took home the award for the best British actor, for his portrayal of the painter JMW Turner and the best Young British Performer was Alex Lawther, from The Imitation Game, which despite being one of the most Oscar-nominated films of the year, didn’t even make it onto the London critics’ top ten list. And the director Yann Demange was named the breakthrough British film-maker, for his well-received Northern Ireland drama ’71.

The Circle picked Citizenfour, about the American intelligence fugitive Edward Snowden, as the best documentary of 2014, while the Russian drama Leviathan, continued to destroy everything else in its path, to take the prize for the best foreign-language film.

The actress Miranda Richardson was also on hand to be honoured with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

The full list of winners:

FILM OF THE YEAR

Boyhood (Universal)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

Leviathan (Curzon Artificial Eye)

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR

Under the Skin (StudioCanal)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Citizenfour (Curzon Artificial Eye)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Michael Keaton – Birdman (Fox)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Julianne Moore – Still Alice (Curzon Artificial Eye)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

JK Simmons – Whiplash (Sony)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood (Universal)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Timothy Spall – Mr Turner (eOne)

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl (Fox) & What We Did on Our Holiday (Lionsgate)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Alex Lawther – The Imitation Game (StudioCanal)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Richard Linklater – Boyhood (Universal)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel  (Fox)

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER

Yann Demange – ’71 (StudioCanal)

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Under the Skin – Mica Levi, score (StudioCanal)

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Miranda Richardson

TOP 10 FILMS of 2014

1. Boyhood

2. Birdman

3. Under the Skin

4. Whiplash

5. Mr Turner

6. Leviathan

7. The Grand Budapest Hotel

8. Ida

9. Nightcrawler

10. The Theory of Everything

 

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