Boyhood wins top prize at London Critics’ Circle awards

Richard Linklater’s Oscar-nominated film added to its collection of accolades, while Rosamund Pike, Timothy Spall and The Grand Budapest Hotel also picked up awards

Coming-of-age film Boyhood has picked up the top prize at the London Critics’ Circle awards.


Richard Linklater’s Oscar-nominated movie took home best picture, best director and best supporting actress (Patricia Arquette) at the awards ceremony in central London last night. 

Boyhood, also starring Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane, was filmed over a 12-year period, from May 2002 to October 2013, and followed Coltrane from age five to age 18. 

“It’s been called an experiment, but it was a leap of faith,” said Linklater after his win. 

After winning in the same categories at last week’s Golden Globes awards in LA, Boyhood is looking like an increasingly-confident contender for Academy Award success next month. 

British stars Rosamund Pike and Timothy Spall also picked up gongs for their roles in Gone Girl and Mr Turner respectively, while Wes Anderson won screenwriter of the year, for The Grand Budapest Hotel. 

See the full list of winners:

Film of the Year 


Foreign-language Film of the Year 


British Film of the Year 

Under the Skin

Documentary of the Year 


Actor of the Year 

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Actress of the Year 

Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Supporting Actor of the Year 

JK Simmons – Whiplash

Supporting Actress of the Year 

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

British Actor of the Year 

Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

British Actress of the Year 

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl and What We Did on Our Holiday

Young British Performer of the Year 

Alex Lawther – The Imitation Game

Director of the Year 

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Screenwriter of the Year 

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Breakthrough British Filmaker

Yann Demange – ’71

Technical Achievement Award 

Under the Skin – Mica Levi, score

Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film 


Miranda Richardson