The 80th New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony took place on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at the Tao restaurant in downtown New York. Dozens of celebrities from the showbiz world — Jake Gyllenhaal, Marion Cotillard, Jon Stewart, Bill Murray, Paul Schrader, among others — were on hand to present or accept the 13 awards. Read on for further details.
The drama by Richard Linklater, which took 12 years to make “Boyhood,” was big winner at the night, claiming the awards for Best Film and also earned Richard Linklater a Best Director award and Patricia Arquette as Best Supporting Actress. The cast and crew of “Boyhood” are the de facto Oscar frontrunners, which picked up major awards at the the NYFCC ceremony and at the Gotham Awards.
Here are some of the notable moments from the evening:
Timothy Spall won lead actor for “Mr. Turner,” Marion Cotillard received lead actress for her dual leading performances in “Two Days, One Night” and “The Immigrant.”
Murray made a surprise appearance at the dinner to introduce his friend Adrienne Mancia. Mancia received a special award for her extensive career as a film curator. She is a Museum of Modern Art film curator from 1964 to 1998.
“Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” screenwriter Schrader admiring things about best foreign film winner “Ida.” The Polish film bested the nine shortlisted films for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar.
“My distributors tell me whatever commercial success the film has had is because of the New York film critics,” said Director Pawel Pawlikowski on getting the awards.
John Lithgow said great things about Timothy Spall. Spall won for the Best Actor Prize for his work in “Mr. Turner.”
Lithgow described the veteran character actor as “a prime example of my favorite kind of actor.”
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray and Jon Stewart presented “Boyhood” with the top trophy.
Comedian Nick Offerman honored the young directors from “The LEGO Movie,” Chris Miller and Phil Lord, with Best Animated Film award. He described them “some kids.”
The night concluded with back-to-back “Boyhood” appreciations. Linklater accepted his directing award from Hawke. Hawke co-starred with him in eight films. He dedicated his prize to the late George Morris. Morris was a critic for the Austin Chronicle and longtime pal of Linklater.
Ellar Coltrane handed out the award to Arquette his co-star in the movie. He played her on-screen son in“Boyhood.”
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