Florida Film Critics Circle picks winners

Published December 19 2014

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was named 2014's best movie by the Florida Film Critics Circle, who also chose its star Michael Keaton as the year's best actor. However, the overall winner when results were announced Friday was Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which claimed three awards for best original screenplay, ensemble cast and art direction/production design. Gone Girl won twice, for Rosamund Pike's lead performance and Gillian Flynn's screenplay, adapted from her novel. Richard Linklater was named best director for his 12-year project Boyhood, that also earned supporting actress honors for Patricia Arquette. The sci-fi epic Interstellar was honored for its cinematography and special effects, while Whiplash was cited for supporting actor J.K. Simmons and director Damien Chazelle breakthrough as director. Other winners include the Roger Ebert profile Life Itself (best documentary), The Lego Movie (animated film), The Raid 2 (foreign film) and Under the Skin (musical score). The list of winners and runners-up is available at floridadfilmcritics.com. The member includes 27 print and online reviewers, including Times movie critic Steve Persall. -- Times staff writer