Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Unique ‘Birdman’ grabs four KC Film Critics Circle awards

By Steve Crum

Birdman, the richly bizarre film about Hollywood fame, stereotype, self doubt and a Broadway production, took quadruple honors at the 48th Annual Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards held Dec. 14. The 25 KC area film critics, including yours truly, voted Birdman’s Michael Keaton as Best Actor, and Ed Norton as Best Supporting Actor. It also won for Original Screenplay. 

Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike was awarded Best Actress. Patricia Arquette’s work in Boyhood garnered a Best Supporting Actress, while Boyhood’s director, Richard Linklater, won the Robert Altman Award for Achievement in Directing. (Just an FYI: Altman was from Kansas City.) 

The complete list of winners:

Best Picture…BIRDMAN

Robert Altman Ward for Achievement in Directing…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…BIRDMAN

Best Adapted Screenplay…OBVIOUS CHILD

Best Animated Feature…THE LEGO MOVIE

Best Documentary Feature…CITIZENFOUR

Best Foreign Language Film…IDA (Poland)

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

The KCFCC is the second oldest film critic group in the United States (after the New York Film Critics Circle), and was founded by the late Dr. James Loutzenhiser. The annual awards ceremony is named in his honor. 

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