AFP

LONDON

Coming of age film “Boyhood” scooped three prizes at the London Critics’ Circle awards on Sunday, bolstering the real-time drama, nominated for six Academy Awards at next month’s Oscars.

Shot over 12 years, the critics group awarded “Boyhood” film of the year, best director for Richard Linklater and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette - the same categories it won at the Golden Globes earlier this month.

Linklater said that the award from the critics’ association meant a lot to him.

“To me it’s the top of the top because they’re people who know film history and they see every film,” the director said.

“Not to be elitist, but in this world of film, those writers are important because they know quite a bit about what they’re talking about, so you take it more seriously, and it’s that much more of an honour.”

The circle awarded Michael Keaton best actor for his role as a former star making a theatrical bid to revive his career in “Birdman”, a rival to “Boyhood” at the Oscars with nine nominations.

Meanwhile stylish comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, another top Oscar contender with nine nominations, was awarded best screenplay for writer and director Wes Anderson.

Julianne Moore won actress of the year for her performance as a professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice”. Rosamund Pike, who is nominated in the best actress category at the Oscars, was awarded British actress of the year for her work in thriller “Gone Girl” and British comedy “What We Did On Our Holiday”.

Timothy Spall, who missed out on an Oscar nomination, won best British actor of the year for playing the artist JMW Turner in “Mr Turner”.

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  

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