Houston Film Critics Awards

Houston critics favor Boyhood over Birdman: Linklater film sweeps local awards

Houston critics favor Boyhood over Birdman: Linklater film honored

Boyhood Ethan Hawke, Eller Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater
Boyhood took the top prize from the Houston Film Critics Society and five other awards. Pictured here, from left, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Eller Coltrane. Courtesy photo
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
Jake Gyllenhaal was named Best Actor for his role in Nightcrawler. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick
The LEGO Movie
The LEGO Movie took two awards. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel took two awards. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
J.K. Simmons was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in Whiplash. Photo by Daniel McFadden/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Boyhood Ethan Hawke, Eller Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
The LEGO Movie
The Grand Budapest Hotel
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

The Houston Film Critics Society honored Boyhood with six awards, including Best Picture of the Year, during a ceremony at Sundance Cinemas on Saturday.

The coming-of-age drama, shot over 12 years with key scenes in Houston and Austin, swept the group's 8th annual awards. Austin native Richard Linklater was named Best Director and Patricia Arquette was cited as Best Supporting Actress for her role as the divorced mother of two children who embarks on her own journey of self-discovery.

The film also took home awards for best screenplay, technical achievement and the Texas Independent Film Award, given to the top independent film made in the state. 

Birdman, which led the HFCS nominations in 10 categories, won one award for Best Cinematography.

Jake Gyllenhaal was named Best Actor for his role as a freelance crime photographer who blurs the line between observer and participant in Nightcrawler and Julianne Moore was named Best Actress for her role as a renowned linguistics professor diagnosed with the onset of early Alzeimer's in Still Alice, although the movie has not yet played in Houston.

J.K. Simmons was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as a harrowing music instructor in Whiplash.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Houston native Wes Anderson, took home awards for Best Score and Best Movie Poster.

The LEGO Movie also was won two awards, for Best Animated Film and Best Song, "Everything is Awesome."

CitizenFour, a behind-the-scenes real-time look at the Edward Snowden leak, was named Best Documentary and Force Majeure, a Swedish drama directed by Ruben Östlund, was honored as Best Foreign Film.

The critics, who are working film journalists on television, radio, online and in traditional print in the Houston area, named The Identical as Worst Film of the year.

Iconic novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Rick Ferguson and the Houston Film Commission were awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award and Joe Hall of Ghetto Film School received the Humanitarian Award.