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'Boyhood,' 'Birdman' win big at the Critics' Choice Awards

Michael Strahan hosted Thursday's Critics' Choice Awards ceremony, which aired on A&E.

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Karen Butler
Michael Keaton appears backstage with the award he won for his role in Birdman during the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 11, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Michael Keaton appears backstage with the award he won for his role in " Birdman" during the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 11, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Broadcast Film Critics Association declared Boyhood the Best Film of 2014 at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Thursday night.

The family drama, which was shot over the course of 12 years, also won the prizes for Best Director for Richard Linklater, Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette and Best Young Actor or Actress for Ellar Coltrane.

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Birdman, the story of a former action star's campaign for a career revival, won the honors for Best Ensemble, Best Actor for Michael Keaton, Best Actor in a Comedy for Keaton, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

The Best Actress trophy went to Julianne Moore for her work in Still Alice, while J.K. Simmons won the award for Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash.

The Grand Budapest Hotel was deemed Best Comedy Film. It also snagged the prizes for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

The Guardians of the Galaxy -- starring Chris Pratt -- scored the accolades for Best Action Film, and Best Hair and Makeup. The LEGO Movie featuring Pratt's voice won the Best Animated Film title.

Bradley Cooper earned the Best Actor in an Action Film statuette for American Sniper and Emily Blunt the award for Best Actress in an Action Film for Edge of Tomorrow.

"Glory," the anthem from Selma, won for Best Original Song; Jenny Slate earned the title of Best Actress in a Comedy Film for Obvious Child; Gillian Flynn took home the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay for Gone Girl; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes scored the Best Visual Effects statuette and Interstellar was named Best Sci-Fi or Horror Film.

Michael Strahan hosted the prize presentation, which aired on A&E. Ron Howard and Kevin Costner were honored with career achievement awards during the telecast, while Jessica Chastain was presented with a Most Valuable Player statuette for her work in 2014's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, A Most Violent Year, Miss Julie and Interstellar.

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