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‘Boyhood’ takes top honors from San Francisco film critics

Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in a scene from the film “Boyhood.”
Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in a scene from the film “Boyhood.” IFC/AP

Director Richard Linklater’s time-lapse drama “Boyhood” on Sunday took four awards – including picture of the year – from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

The group recognized Linklater, who shot “Boyhood” for a few days each year for 12 years, as best director. Linklater’s film, which follows the coming of age of fictional Texas boy Mason (Ellar Coltrane), also snagged awards for Sandra Adair’s editing and Patricia Arquette’s supporting performance as Mason’s loving, pragmatic mother.

The San Francisco critics named Michael Keaton best actor for his performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s show-business satire “Birdman.” Former big-screen Batman Keaton plays a faded comic-book-movie actor seeking a comeback on Broadway.

Keaton’s co-star Edward Norton, who plays a spoiled actor ruining the play-within-a-movie, was named best supporting actor. The film’s script, by Iñárritu and three collaborators, took original-screenplay honors.

The SFFCC recognized Julianne Moore as best actress for her performance as a college professor with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice.” The group gave its adapted-screenplay award to Paul Thomas Anderson, for “Inherent Vice,” a hippie detective story based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel.

“Vice” will open in January in Sacramento. “Alice” is scheduled for a February opening.

“Boyhood,” also named the year’s best film by critics in Los Angeles and New York, appears a shoe-in for inclusion in the best-picture field when Oscar nominations are announced Jan. 15. So does “Birdman,” which leads all other films in Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations (seven and four, respectively).

The Globes air Jan. 11 on NBC, the SAG Awards Jan. 25 on TNT and TBS, and the Academy Awards Feb. 22 on ABC.

Founded in 2002, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle consists of film journalists from outlets including The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News & Review, East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, Bay Area News Group and

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