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'Boyhood,' 'Life Itself,' 'Dear White People' Top Indiewire's Sundance Critics Poll

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire January 27, 2014 at 10:58AM

Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making 'Boyhood' emerged as the overall champ, with three category-topping finishes.
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Ellar Coltrane in "Boyhood"
Ellar Coltrane in "Boyhood"

It may not be Richard Linklater's best movie, but Boyhood was the best film at the 2014 edition of the Sundance Film Festival, according to Indiewire's annual critics poll. Linklater's 12-year project, a late edition to the festival's lineup, drew rave reviews and dominated the poll, taking best feature, best director, and best ensemble cast, with a second-place finish for supporting actor Ethan Hawke.

Steve James' moving portrait of Roger Ebert, Life Itself, topped the documentary category, while Justin Simien's Dear White People was named the best debut feature. Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, which nabbed both the festival's Grand Jury Prize and its audience award, headed up both acting categories, with Miles Teller as best leading performance and J.K. Simmons as best supporting. Complete results are here.

Best Narrative Feature: Boyhood

Best Documentary Feature: Life Itself

Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Lead Peformance: Miles Teller, Whiplash

Best Supporting Performance: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best First Feature: Dear White People

Best Ensemble: Boyhood

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival


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