After taking home three awards at this week’s New York Film Critics Circle ceremony, Boyhood had to step aside in a night mostly owned by Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman – a pas de deux that is bound to continue all season.
Linklater’s film led the Gotham’s nominations and didn’t go away completely empty-handed, receiving the Audience Award; a gesture that saw Iñárritu getting up to hug his rival director. No bad blood there, then.
In fact, friendly gestures and affection were the order of the night. On beating a lot of stiff competition to the Breakthrough Director Award, Ana Lily Amirpour used her speech to request a selfie with Tilda Swinton (which later happened), and Meryl Streep baptised Channing Tatum a “monosyllabic mountain of grace” whilst presenting Foxcatcher’s Special Jury prize.
Elsewhere, CITIZENFOUR is looking increasingly strong, Tessa Thompson found herself in a state of shock and Michael Keaton told Gotham he was “glad to be home”. Everyone loves a superhero homecoming.
Check out the full list of winners below:
Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)
Michael Keaton – Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
BINGHAM RAY BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR:
Ana Lily Amirpour – A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Tessa Thompson – Dear White People
GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AUDIENCE AWARD:
SPECIAL JURY AWARD – ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE:
Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher