New York Film Critics Online members held their 15th annual awards meeting on December 7, 2014, at the Furman Gallery inside Lincoln Center.
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood won three awards for Picture, Director and Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, while Alejandro Gonzalez Irritu’s Birdman also won three for its Screenplay, Cinematography and Ensemble Cast.
Actor Eddie Redmayne was honored for his performance in The Theory of Everything, while Marion Cotillard received an award for her performance in Two Days, One Night, which also won for Foreign Language Film. J.K. Simmons won for Supporting Actor in Whiplash.
These awards for films that opened in 2014 were voted:
PICTURE – Boyhood (IFC Films)
DIRECTOR – Richard Linklater for Boyhood
ACTRESS – Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night
ACTOR – Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything is a bittersweet biopic focused on the relationship of physicist Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne, and his wife Jane Wilde, played by Felicity Jones. Jane was a friend of Hawking’s sister, played by Charlotte Hope, who he met while they were students at Cambridge in the Sixties. With Emily Watson, Charlie Cox and Simon McBurney. The Theory of Everything is PG-13, due to suggestive material and mature themes.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Patricia Arquette for Boyhood – see Patricia Arquette Talks Boyhood with Prairie Miller
SUPPORTING ACTOR – J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
ENSEMBLE CAST – Birdman
DEBUT AS DIRECTOR – Dan Gilroy for NIghtcrawler
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER – Jack O’Connell for Unbroken and Starred Up
SCREENPLAY Birdman – (Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone, Alejandro Gonzales Irritu)
CINEMATOGRAPHY – Birdman (Emmanuel Lubezki)
USE OF MUSIC – Get On Up (score – Thomas Newman; music supervisor – Budd Carr)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE – Two Days, One Night
DOCUMENTARY – Life Itself
ANIMATED FEATURE – The Lego Movie
TOP TEN PICTURES – (Alphabetical)
1. Birdman (Fox Searchlight) Boyhood (IFC Films) See the Birdman Film Review
2. Guardians of the Galaxy (Walt Disney Pictures)
3. The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
4. A Most Violent Year (A24 Films)
5. Mr. Turner (Sony Pictures Classics)
6. Selma (Paramount Pictures)
7. The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)
8. Under the Skin (A24 Films)
9. Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)