Within hours on Sunday, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online announced the winners of their year-end awards. The consensus? "Boyhood." Richard Linklater's film won the top prize from all three critics' groups, with Linklater himself taking home a trio of Best Director awards. "Boyhood" co-star Patricia Arquette won twice: Best Supporting Actress from the New York Film Critics Online and, in a surprise, Best Actress from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. (Conventional wisdom has Arquette competing in the Best Supporting Actress race at the Oscars, but there is a small chorus of dissenters who feel Arquette should be in the lead category, owing to the fact that she's the film's lead actress.) What else happened on Sunday? A brief recap:
J.K. Simmons is your future Best Supporting Actor winner
Simmons, who stars in "Whiplash" (in a role that like Arquette could be considered a lead), won three Best Supporting Actor awards on Sunday, giving him four major critics group awards overall. (Simmons' only key loss so far was to "Birdman" star Edward Norton at the National Board of Review.) The 59-year-old character actor is building an impressive awards season resume, and it's expected that he'll add a bit more to it this week when the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes nominees are announced. "I want to get J.K. Simmons a fucking Oscar nomination," director Damien Chazelle told ScreenCrush in a recent interview. Looks like he'll get that wish.
Marion Cotillard's Oscar campaign is going viral
Assuming Arquette winds up in the supporting actress category at the Oscars, Best Actress will likely include four names: Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike. The fifth slot is a bit fluid at this time, with Hilary Swank, Amy Adams and maybe even Jennifer Aniston circling on the fringes. But coming on strong is Marion Cotillard. After last week's win with the New York Film Critics Circle, Cotillard took home two more honors on Sunday: Best Actress from both the Boston Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online. Boston gave Cotillard its honor for the one-two punch of "The Immigrant" and "Two Days, One Night" (that's how New York Film Critics Circle did it as well), but if she gets an Oscar nod, it'll be for just one film (likely "Two Days, One Night").
There's No Drama Right Now, But That's Okay
"Boyhood" is sweeping its way through critics groups, leaving presumed Best Picture contenders like "Birdman," "The Imitation Game" and "Selma" to flounder in its wake. That could mean "Boyhood" is poised to continue that run through the Oscars in February, or maybe not: "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Social Network" also took home armfuls of critics' groups prizes and fell short at the Academy Awards. Which doesn't mean "Boyhood" will follow a similar path -- it's decidedly more audience friendly than either of those films -- but also don't fill out any Oscars ballots in pen just yet.