British Film Institute names their top films of the year, Boyhood sticks around

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

Over the next couple of days, the first critics groups lists will start coming in, giving us an idea of what may sustain itself through the awards race, and what may not be a critical champion but an audience/Academy favourite. Until then, here’s the British Film Institute (BFI)’s year end list, where critical and audience favourite and frontrunner (and still my #1 film of the year) Boyhood took the top spot by a wide margin, in a list with films such as Cannes hit The Tribe, Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep, and button-pushing documentary Citizenfour (which was even getting Best Picture chatter last week, oddly. Funny where talk can get you). Tomorrow we’ll hear the New York Film Critics (expect them to pick a film that has perhaps not been seen by many yet, they like to stand out and be ahead of the curve [they awarded American Hustle the top prize last year]), The National Board of Review on Wednesday, and Los Angeles next Monday.

1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater) – 42 votes

2. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard) – 21 votes

3 (tie). Leviathan (Andrey Zvyangintsev) – 18 votes

3. Horse Money (Pedro Costa) – 18 votes

5. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) – 16 votes

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) – 15 votes

7. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) – 13 votes

8. The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy) – 12 votes

9 (tie). Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski) – 10 votes

9. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso) – 10 votes

11 (tie). Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) – 9 votes

11. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman) – 9 votes

11. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese) – 9 votes

11. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle) – 9 votes

15. The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland) – 8 votes

16 (tie). Birdman (Alejandro G. Inarritu) – 7 votes

16. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) – 7 votes

18 (tie). Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) – 6 votes

18. The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer) – 6 votes

18. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki) – 6 votes



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