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‘Boyhood’ picked as best film

NEW YORK - Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood’’ has been named best picture by the New York Film Critics Circle.

“Boyhood’’ also won best director for Linklater and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette in the awards announced Monday. The strong support from one of the country’s top critics groups gives “Boyhood’’ an early boost in Hollywood’s lengthy awards season. The film, which had production stretch out over years to capture the passage of time, is considered an Oscar front-runner.

Best actor went to Timothy Spall for “Mr. Turner,’’ Mike Leigh’s biopic of the British painter J.M.W. Turner. Marion Cotillard was awarded best actress for her performances in both James Gray’s Ellis Island period tale “The Immigrant’’ and the Dardenne brothers’ workplace drama “Two Days, One Night.’’

Best supporting actor went to J.K. Simmons who plays a taskmaster conductor at an elite jazz conservatory in “Whiplash.’’

The New York Film Critics Circle, a body of New York-based critics founded in 1935, often diverges from the season’s favorites. AP

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