The Toronto Film Critics Association, of which I am still somehow vice-president, announced the bulk of its 2014 awards this morning … and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood came out on top, taking Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette.
Lots of other movies won things, but that’s the result with which I am happiest. No, the TFCA isn’t the only organization to name Boyhood the best movie of the year, but consensus isn’t always the enemy. Sometimes it really is that easy to spot a singular phenomenon. And Boyhood — and Linklater, and Arquette, and Ellar Coltrane, and Ethan Hawke — can never get enough recognition, as far as I’m concerned.