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Kansas City Film Critics’ Circle names “Birdman” the best of 2014

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Michael Keaton in "Birdman," the KC Film Critics' Best Film of 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo—

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest organized critics group in the country, held their annual end-of-the-year award gathering this afternoon, with “Birdman” and “Boyhood” taking home the lion’s share of the major awards. This is the 48th year the group has awarded their annual James Loutzenhiser awards, named in honor of the group’s late founder.

Members of the KCFCC are print, broadcast and web-based film critics with outlets in the metropolitan Kansas City area.

Michael Keaton’s return to the big screen, “Birdman,” won four awards, including Best Film, Best Actor (for Keaton), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton) and Best Original Screenplay. Richard Linklater’s 12-year-in-the-making “Boyhood” received the Robert Altman Award for Achievement in Directing (for Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). Other films earning awards include “Gone Girl,” “Obvious Child” and “The Lego Movie.”

 

Here is the complete list of winners:

 

BEST PICTURE: “Birdman”

 

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST 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: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicholas Glocobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo – “Birdman”

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Gillian Robespierre – “Obvious Child”

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: “The Lego Movie”

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “CitizenFour”

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Ida” (Poland)

 

VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCI-FI, FANTASY or HORROR FILM: “The Babadook”

 

For more information on the Kansas City Film Critics Circle and previous year’s awards go to http://www.kcfcc.org