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KC film critics honor ‘Birdman’ and ‘Boyhood’

In “Birdman” Michael Keaton plays a former star of superhero movies who is trying to make a comeback on Broadway.
In “Birdman” Michael Keaton plays a former star of superhero movies who is trying to make a comeback on Broadway. Fox Searchlight

Michael Keaton’s “Birdman” and the 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood” dominated awards bestowed by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle on Sunday.

“Birdman,” in which Keaton plays a Hollywood star trying to mount a serious drama on Broadway, won four awards: best film, actor (for Keaton), supporting actor (Edward Norton) and original screenplay. In announcements last week, “Birdman,” directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, led Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations as well.

The family drama “Boyhood,” which director Richard Linklater filmed off and on for a dozen years, received the Robert Altman Award for Achievement in Directing (for Linklater) and best supporting actress (Patricia Arquette).

Other winners:

▪ Actress: Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

▪ Adapted screenplay: Gillian Robespierre, “Obvious Child”

▪ Animated feature: “The Lego Movie”

▪ Documentary feature: “CitizenFour”

▪ Foreign language film: “Ida” (Poland)

▪ Vince Koehler Award for best sci-fi, fantasy or horror film: “The Babadook”

Find more information about the organization at kcfcc.org.

| Sharon Hoffmann, shoffmann@kcstar.com

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