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Linklater's 'Boyhood' Sweeps Seattle International Film Festival Audience Awards

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 10, 2014 at 7:39AM

Nearly 90,000 audience ballots were submitted for the Seattle International Film Festival's Golden Space Needle audience awards in five categories, which were swept handily by Richard Linklater's epic "Boyhood." It won Best Film, Director, and Actress (Patricia Arquette).
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'Boyhood'
'Boyhood'

Every spring for 40 years now Seattle plays host to a sprawling marathon festival. This year's 25-day iteration (May 15 to June 8) boasted 452 films from 83 countries, the usual eclectic mix of world premieres (20 features), festival favorites from other festivals (John Ridley's opening gala film "Jimi: All Is By My Side" and closer "The One I Love," starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass), original music performances (jazzman Justin Kauflin), tributes (Laura Dern, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Quincy Jones), local filmmakers (Lynn Shelton, John Jeffcoat) and panels (I participated in lively discussions of film criticism and indie distribution). Marking a festival record, SIFF imported more than 350 filmmakers, actors, and industry folks to the city.

Nearly 90,000 audience ballots were submitted for the Golden Space Needle audience awards in five categories, which were swept handily by Richard Linklater's epic "Boyhood." It won Best Film, Director, and Actress (Patricia Arquette)--on the long road to more awards to come. 

Young Australian filmmaker Alan Hicks' moving documentary "Keep On Keepin' On," about the last years of acclaimed jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, won Best Documentary; it was accompanied by a concert from his young protege, blind pianist Justin Kauflin, who has also been mentored by tributee Quincy Jones, who supported the documentary. 

Actor Dawid Ogrodnik from Polish crowdpleaser "Life Feels Good" and Short Film "Fool's Day" also took home audience awards. 

Among the competition jury prizes, Spanish filmmaker Carlos Marques-Marcet's feature "10,000KM," Colombian documentary "Marmato," and feature "Red Knot" earned the top awards. 

Full list of awards below:

This article is related to: Seattle International Film Festival , Seattle, Festivals, Boyhood, Richard Linklater, Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Mark Duplass, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.