2014 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Winners

The critics groups continue to weigh in with their picks for the best of 2014. The 18th Annual TFCA Awards have now been announced by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Established in 1997, the TFCA is comprised of Toronto-based journalists and broadcasters who specialize in film criticism and commentary. All major dailies, weeklies, and a variety of other print and electronic outlets are represented.

Boyhood continues to steamroll through the awards presentations, taking Best Film, Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). The film picked up these same three honors from the Chicago Film Critics Association just a few hours earlier. 

The group is affiliated with the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). Their members have sat on critics' juries in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Miami, Palm Springs, Chicago, Pusan, Moscow, Amsterdam, London, and Vienna, among others. Under the TFCA’s guidelines, contenders eligible for the awards include films released in Canada in 2014 plus films that qualify for the 2014 Oscars and have Canadian distribution scheduled by the end of February 2015.

The 2014 TFCA Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in the Round Room of Toronto’s historic Carlu on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, hosted by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Here is the full list of Toronto Film Critics Association Awards winners and runners-up (comments provided by the TFCA):

Best Film:

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a cinematic masterpiece that evokes beauty in life and the inevitable passage of time

Runners-up: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inherent Vice

Best Director:

Richard Linklater, for the singular achievement that is Boyhood

Runners-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice; Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actor:

Tom Hardy, for playing a Welsh builder in crisis in Locke

Runners-up: Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler; Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actress:

Marion Cotillard, for her performance as a Polish woman navigating 1920s America in The Immigrant

Runners-up: Julianne Moore, Still Alice; Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor:

J.K. Simmons, for his role as a tyrannical conductor in Whiplash

Runners-up: Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice; Edward Norton, Birdman

Best Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette, for her role as the mother of Mason Jr. in Boyhood

Runners-up: Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice; Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

Best Screenplay:

The Grand Budapest Hotel, for its nuanced humour and intricate narrative dollhouse

Runners-up: Boyhood (dir. Richard Linklater); Inherent Vice (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

Best Animated Feature:

Isao Takahata’s delicate fable The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Runners-up: The Lego Movie; Big Hero 6; How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best First Feature:

Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox

Runners-up: Nightcrawler (dir. Dan Gilroy); John Wick (dir. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski)

Best Foreign-Language Film:

Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure

Runners-up: Ida (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski); Leviathan (dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev)

Best Documentary Film:

Jesse Moss’s The Overnighters

Runners-up: Citizenfour (dir. Laura Poitras); Manakamana (dir. Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez)


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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