‘Boyhood,’ Timothy Spall, Marion Cotillard win New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards

On Monday, the New York Film Critics Circle embraced Oscar frontrunnerBoyhood,” naming it Best Picture and honoring both director Richard Linklater and supporting actress Patricia Arquette as well. They lead our Oscar predictions as do the NYFCC choices for Supporting Actor (J.K. SimmonsWhiplash“) and Animated Feature (“The Lego Movie“). 

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Recognition from the Circle is a big boost for Best Actor champ Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner“). He has been fighting for the fifth slot at the Oscars for months now and this raises his profile at just the right time. 

And with widespread sentiment that the Best Actress race at the Oscars is relatively weak, Marion Cotillard could well contend for either of the two films — “The Immigrant” and “Two Days, One Night” —  for which she was feted by the Gotham critics. 

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Since it first handed out awards in 1935, the Circle has previewed just 31 of the 78 Oscar winners for Best Picture; it did not meet in 1962 due to the newspaper strike. However, all but eight of its honorees have gone on to at least reap a Best Picture bid.  

That 40% success rate for foreseeing the Best Picture winner has held as it presaged only two — “The Hurt Locker” (2009) and “The Artist” (2011) — of the last five champs. And it did come close last year as eventual Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave” was edged out on the fifth ballot here by “American Hustle.” 

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The Circle has predicted about the same number of lead acting Oscar champs: 32 for Best Actor and 30 for Best Actress (plus one of each who went on to win supporting at the Oscars). However, since introducing supporting acting awards in 1969, it has only presaged 13 winners of each of these categories at the Oscars. 

One thought on “‘Boyhood,’ Timothy Spall, Marion Cotillard win New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards

  1. I’m so damn happy right now for the incredible Marion Cotillard and her more than deserved win at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards! So glad to watch her winning for both her awe-inspiring performances in Two Days, One Night and The Immigrant this year. Personally, I’m rooting for both but since only one can make the cut so that she avoids split voting with herself, I’d give a slight edge to her phenomenal turn in Two Days, One Night. Marion Cotillard’s performance as Sandra in the latest Dardennes Brothers masterpiece is the kind of performance that needs to be seen to be truly believed. There’s really no way to overhype her work there. The whole theatre was in tears throughout the screening I saw for Two Days, One Night. You rarely get to watch such a towering performance from an actor / actress in your entire life. With her unmatched work in this film, you feel like she’s pushing acting to a whole another level. She makes you feel the deepest and most complex emotions for a woman who has to fight against depression and the possibility of losing her job at the same time. Acting doesn’t get any better. Yes, a foreign-language drama of social realism by the Dardennes Brothers probably isn’t the voters’ cup of tea, but they really have to honor a tremendous performance in such an important film, let alone from an exceptional actress who has putting out consistently brilliant performances the last seven (!) years after her much deserved win for her legendary performance in La Vie En Rose. She has to score her second win this year and if not for that at least a ridiculously overdue second Oscar nomination.

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