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Oscar-nominated Boyhood wins Best Film at London Critics' Circle Film Awards

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Boyhood further cemented its Academy Award chances by sweeping this week's London Film Critics' Circle Awards.

Richard Linklater's universally praised drama, the story of a young man's life from the age of of 7 to 18, landed Best Film of the Year, Best Director for Linklater himself and Best Supporting Actress (for Patricia Arquette).

Given the film has already been Oscar-nommed in all three categories (and has also won Golden Globes for each), it seems increasingly likely that Boyhood is on course to repeat its success at the Academy Awards.

Michael Keaton swooped in to win Best Actor for Birdman, his brave, self-deprecating performance in the black comedy clearly winning over the voters. J.K. Simmons was Keaton's opposite number in the Best Supporting Actor category for Whiplash.

Meanwhile, Timothy Spall won Best British Actor for Mr. Turner, a satisfying win given his brilliant performance as gruff, burly artist J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh's film has been unanimously snubbed from the major awards ceremonies.

Another homegrown film that performed well at the ceremony was Jonathan Glazer's surreal sci-fi Under the Skin, which landed Best British Film of the Year and the Technical Achievement Award for composer Mica Levi.

Best British Actress went to Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl, and Julianne Moore further solidifed her winning streak with Best Actress for her heartbreaking role as a woman suffering with Alzheimer's Disease in Still Alice.

Another pleasing win was Alex Lawther, who grabbed Best Young British Performer for The Imitation Game. Given all the hype over Benedict Cumberbatch's lead role, it's important to be reminded of Lawther's excellent, emotional performance as the younger Alan Turing.

All eyes are now on the BAFTAs and Oscars themselves on, respectively, the 8th and 22nd of February. Stay tuned to the blog for more info.