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Boyhood adds to awards haul at London Critics' Circle

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Image caption Richard Linklater shot Boyhood over 12 years

Coming-of-age drama Boyhood has added to its haul of film awards by winning the top prize from the London Critics' Circle.

It was named film of the year, while Richard Linklater won best director and Patricia Arquette best supporting actress.

Linklater, who shot it over 12 years, said: "It's been called an experiment, but it was a leap of faith."

The awards took place at The May Fair Hotel on Sunday night.

The other big success story of the night was Scottish-set sci-fi shocker Under the Skin.

Director Jonathan Glazer collected the award for British film of year and composer Mica Levi accepted the technical achievement award for her creepy score.

Shot around Glasgow, the film stars Scarlett Johansson as a beautiful alien who seduces random humans to harvest their bodies. It is also nominated for best British film at the Baftas next month.

Actress Miranda Richardson picked up a lifetime achievement accolade, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, which was presented by Hunger Games star Stanley Tucci.

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Image caption Miranda Richardson was honoured with a lifetime achievement award

Richardson. who made her film debut in 1985's Dance with a Stranger, has been nominated for two Oscars - for Damage in 1992 and Tom And Viv in 1994. Her big screen appearances include Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Made In Dagenham, Empire Of The Sun, The Crying Game and Sleepy Hollow.

"It's a great honour," Richardson said. "I've had the great good fortune to work with many wonderful directors - not enough ladies in the mix as yet, but I'm very optimistic that can change."

The biggest laugh of the evening came when Michael Keaton accepted the actor of the year award for Birdman in a video message at the end of which he proved not to be wearing any trousers.

Timothy Spall was named British actor of the year for his role as the eccentric British painter JMW Turner in Mike Leigh's Mr Turner.

Spall, who won the top acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, has caused widespread surprise by not being nominated for this year's Baftas or Oscars.

Speaking on the red carpet on Sunday night he admitted: "I was disappointed, but I didn't expect it."

Boyhood, which won at the Golden Globes a week ago and is tipped to win best picture at the Oscars in five weeks, chronicles the journey from childhood to adulthood of Mason Evans Jr, played by Ellar Coltrane.

It was filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013.

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Media captionLinklater: Boyhood 'was a life project'

"Everywhere I go I feel like I'm representing the 450 people who worked on this thing over the years," Linklater told the BBC.

"This film was so much about life that it would only be successful if it connected with people on a personal level which it seems to have done."

Alex Lawther was named young British performer of the year for his role as the young Alan Turing, the computer pioneer and WW2 code-breaker, in The Imitation Game.

The 18-year-old actor said of Turing: "It was wonderful being part of something that was trying to bring his name back to public consciousness."


35th LONDON CRITICS' CIRCLE FILM AWARDS WINNERS

FILM OF THE YEAR

Boyhood

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

Leviathan

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR

Under the Skin

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Citizenfour

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Michael Keaton - Birdman

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Julianne Moore - Still Alice

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

JK Simmons - Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Timothy Spall - Mr Turner

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl (Fox) & What We Did on Our Holiday

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Alex Lawther - The Imitation Game

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER

Yann Demange - '71

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Under the Skin - Mica Levi, score

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Miranda Richardson

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