If you have not heard of BOYHOOD let me give you a crash course and demand you watch it ASAP. BOYHOOD is a film directed by Richard Linklater and follows a young boy named Mason from age 5 to age 18. Sounds like any other drama or coming of age movie, right? Wrong, Linklater is known for his amazing work as seen in BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE SUNSET, & BEFORE MIDNIGHT, a trilogy about the meeting of the same couple over a span of several years. What he did with BOYHOOD has never been done before in the history of filmmaking. The three-hour movie spans the course of 12 years in Mason’s life, and Linklater decided that instead of using different actors to portray the different time periods he would actually take 12 years to film the movie in its entirety using all the same actors. What came of it was nothing more than pure genius, the film is an absolute masterpiece and wonderful look at like through the eyes of a growing child. The film stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane as Mason.
The New York Film Critics agreed because they recently crowned BOYHOOD the winner of Best Picture, Linklater with Best Director, and Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress.
Other winners from the New York Film Critics awards include Timothy Spall who was named Best Actor for MR. TURNER, Best Actress went to Marion Cotillard for her roles in THE IMMIGRANT and TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT. J.K. Simmons won a Best Supporting Actor prize for his role as a terrorising music teacher in WHIPLASH.
The Lego Movie won Best Animated Film, while IDA was named Best Foreign Film. CITIZENFOUR, about US intelligence whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won for Best Documentary Film.
The presentation of these awards is scheduled for January 5, 2015 in New York. The New York Film Critics Circle was founded in 1935, it counts members representing magazines, newspapers and online publications.
The awards are considered a guide for the Oscars, which will air on 22 February.
BOYHOOD is absolutely breathtaking and spectacular. If you have not experienced it yet go out and do so immediately so you don’t feel left out this awards season. This and WHIPLASH are the two films that everyone is talking about, check out the trailer here.