Denver Film Critics honor 2014’s best movies

Craig Daily Press Staff Report
Six-year-old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) daydreams in "Boyhood," one of the honored films of 2014 by Denver Film Critics Society. DFCS awarded Best Director to Richard Linklater Best Supporting Actress to Patricia Arquette. "American Sniper" was the organization's pick for Best Picture.
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Earlier this week, Denver Film Critics Society awarded “American Sniper” with Best Picture.

The Colorado-based group that spread the honors acknowledged many 2014’s best films, with “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” scoring the most, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Score and Best Cinematography.

Bradley Cooper’s performance as Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” tied with Ralph Fiennes’ comic turn in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for Best Actor honors, with Rosamund Pike winning Best Actress for “Gone Girl.”

In the supporting actor categories, J.K. Simmons won for “Whiplash” while Patricia Arquette’s conflicted matriarch gave “Boyhood” one of its two honors.

DFCS consists of film critics and writers around Colorado, including The Denver Post’s Lisa Kennedy; Benjamin Kendrick, of Screen Rant; Northwest Colorado’s Andy Bockelman; and more.

DFCS award winners

Best Picture: “American Sniper”

Best Director: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Actor: (tie) Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Best Actress: Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Animated Film: “The Lego Movie”

Best Science Fiction/Horror Film: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

Best Comedy: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”

Best Documentary: “The Overnighters”

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Best Original Song: “Everything Is Awesome,” “The Lego Movie”

Best Score: Antonio Sánchez, “Birdman”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Two Days, One Night”

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