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