Acclaimed drama Boyhood scored four awards including the Best Picture prize from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lacfa) on Sunday (07Dec14).
The coming-of-age film was the clear favourite from the California critics group, earning not only the top prize, but Best Director for filmmaker Richard Linklater, Best Actress for Patricia Arquette and Best Editing.
The multiple wins came the same day Boyhood scooped Best Picture from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Online organisations, as well as the Best International Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards in London, where Linklater was on hand to receive the accolade.
Tying for two awards apiece was Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won Best Screenplay and Best Production Design, and Polish film Ida, which nabbed Best Foreign Language Film and Best Supporting Actress for its star Agata Kulesza.
Tom Hardy was honoured for his role in British drama Locke with the Best Actor trophy, while J.K. Simmons earned Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash.
Radiohead rocker Jonny Greenwood was recognised for his third musical collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson for his film Inherent Vice, tying for the Best Music Score with Mica Levi (Under the Skin), while Birdman, which is a top Oscar contender, took home the award for Best Cinematography.
Meanwhile, Best Animation went to Japan's Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and Citizenfour, which chronicles infamous U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden, landed the Best Documentary award.
Winners will formally receive their prizes during the Lafca awards dinner in Los Angeles, when veteran actress Gena Rowlands and American film critic Leonard Maltin will receive special lifetime achievement honours.
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