Birdman and Boyhood win big at the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle’s 48th Annual Loutzenhiser Movie Awards were held earlier today. As a voting member of the second oldest movie critics’ organization, I am proud and very pleased to announce the winners that made up some very unique and innovative filmmaking. Taking home the most awards of the day was Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN, which managed four wins, including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Edward Norton and Best Actor for Michael Keaton. Norton and Keaton beat out close runners up J.K. Simmons for WHIPLASH and Jake Gyllenhaal for NIGHTCRAWLER.

Richard Linklater’s twelve-year in the making movie experiment BOYHOOD was a close second in many categories and managed the second most wins with two. The 25-member critic’s circle rewarded Linklater for his ambitious and original storytelling with the Robert Altman Award for Best Director, while Patricia Arquette won for Supporting Actress. Rosamund Pike’s performance in GONE GIRL narrowly beat out Marion Cotillard in 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT for Best Actress, while first time writer/director for OBVIOUS CHILD, Gillian Robespierre, had a pleasantly surprising victory for Best Original Screenplay. The Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film went to the small but terrifying Australian horror film, THE BABADOOK.

Here is the full list of winners from the 2014 KCFCC Awards:

Best Film: BIRDMAN

Robert Altman Award for Best Director: Richard Linklater – BOYHOOD

Best Actor: Michael Keaton – BIRDMAN

Best Actress: Rosamund Pike – GONE GIRL

Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton – BIRDMAN

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette – BOYHOOD

Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicholas Glocobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo – BIRDMAN

Best Adapted Screenplay: Gillian Robespierre – OBVIOUS CHILD

Best Animated:  THE LEGO MOVIE

Best Foreign Film: IDA (Poland)

Best Documentary: CITIZENFOUR

Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film: THE BABADOOK

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