The Boston Society of Film Critics was started in 1981.  The stated goal of the society, as described by the website, is to get “Boston’s unique critical perspective heard on a national and international level by awarding commendations to the best of the year’s films and filmmakers and local film theaters and film societies that offer outstanding film programming.”

The Society holds a yearly ceremony to award the year’s best work in film.  The 2014 Awards were announced on December 7.  A full list of winners can be found below.

Best Picture: Boyhood

Best Actor: Michael Keaton: Birdman

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard:  The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night

Best Supporting Actor: J. K. Simmons: Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress:  Emma Stone: Birdman

Best Director:  Richard Linklater: Boyhood

Best Screenplay: (tie) Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo: Birdman

Richard Linklater: Boyhood

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki: Birdman

Best Documentary: Citizenfour

Best Foreign-Language Film  (awarded in memory of Jay Carr):   Two Days, One Night

Best Animated Film The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer):  Sandra Adair: Boyhood

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy):   Dan Gilroy: Nightcrawler

Best Ensemble Cast:   Boyhood

Best Use of Music in a Film:  Inherent Vice

Notes

The back and forth continues between Birdman and Boyhood as each looks to establish itself as the favorite for the Best Picture Oscar.  Michael Keaton is making himself seem more and more untouchable in the category while Marion Cotillard may prove to be the dark horse gunning for Julianne Moore.  Citizenfour is proving to be an unexpected favorite over the bio-doc Life Itself, but the Oscars film love and Roger Ebert’s deserved legacy might yet overcome on Oscar night.

 

Feature Image:  Citizenfour, HBO Films/Participant Media