The Southeastern Film Critics Association named “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” writer-director Wes Anderson’s ensemble comedy set in central Europe between the world wars, its top movie of 2014.

Writer-director Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” an epic story of a boy filmed over a 12-year period, placed second in SEFCA’s Top 10 and Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman,” featuring Michael Keaton as an actor desperately reaching for a comeback, was a close third.

“This was one of the closest races I can remember,” SEFCA president Philip Martin, chief film critic at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said. “I believe ‘Boyhood’ was actually mentioned on more ballots.”

In the best director category, “Boyhood” writer-director Linklater placed first over Anderson’s close second. SEFCA gave its top screenplay and top ensemble awards to Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” “Birdman” was runner-up in the two latter categories.

In the acting categories, the SECFA critics named Keaton best actor for “Birdman” and Julianne Moore best actress for her performance as a college professor afflicted with Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice.”

The group’s Wyatt Award, named in memory of SEFCA charter member Gene Wyatt and awarded to films that best capture “the spirit of the South,” went to the Civil Rights drama “Selma.”

The Southeastern Film Critics Association consists of professional film critics in Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

2014 SEFCA RESULTS

Top Ten

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

2. Boyhood

3. Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

4. Whiplash

5. The Imitation Game

6. Gone Girl

7. Snowpiercer

8. Nightcrawler

9. Foxcatcher

10. The Theory of Everything

Best Actor

1. Michael Keaton, Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

2. Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

1. Julianne Moore, Still Alice

2. Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

2. Edward Norton, Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

2. Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

Best Ensemble

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

2. Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Director

1. Richard Linklater, Boyhood

2. Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Screenplay

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness

2. Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

Best Adapted Screenplay

1. Gone Girl: Gillian Flynn

2. Wild: Nick Hornby

Best Documentary

1. Life Itself

2. CitizenFour

Best Foreign Language Film

1. Force Majeure

2. Ida

Best Animated Film

1. The Lego Movie

2. Big Hero 6

Best Cinematography

1. Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Emmanuel Lubezki

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel: Robert Yeoman

The Gene Wyatt Award for the Film that Best Evokes the Spirit of the South

1. Selma