Critics Awards


Thanks again to Screen on Screen:

Best Picture

· 12 Years a Slave
· American Hustle
· Gravity
· Nebraska
· The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director
· Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
· Spike Jonze (Her)
· Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
· David O. Russell (American Hustle)
· Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
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Thanks to Paddy at Screen on Screen:

Best Picture

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress
Brie Larson (Short Term 12)

Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress
Scarlett Johansson (Her)

Best Screenplay
Spike Jonze (Her)
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12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis

Joel & Ethan Coen–Inside Llewyn Davis
Alfonso Cuaron–Gravity
Spike Jonze–Her
Steve McQueen–12 Years A Slave
David O. Russell–American Hustle
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake

Though a member of this group I did not vote on these awards. I do not disagree with them, however. But I would request a little more of the Big Bad Wolf of Wall Street.



12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis

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Once again, tomorrow very early the Golden Globes will be announced.  Since the Globes have two categories for picture, actor and actress, most of those we expect to get nominated will likely get nominated. So perhaps this is a futile exercise.  But nonetheless!  Do you have any last minute gut feelings that something extremely out of the ordinary might happen?  Pick up to three!

Here are mine.

1. The Great Gatsby nominated for Picture, Director
2. Scarlett Johansson nominated for voice (okay, so this isn’t THAT out of the ordinary)
3. George Clooney for Supporting for Gravity

Now, you.

San Diego Film Critics Nominate Top Films for 2013
December 10th, 2013 · No Comments


Alfonso Cuarón, GRAVITY
Destin Cretton, SHORT TERM 12
Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Spike Jonze, HER
Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
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(Thanks, Marshall!)

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2013 (in alphabetical order)

“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Saving Mr. Banks”
“Short Term 12”


Alfonso Cuaron “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass “Captain Phillips”
John Lee Hancock “Saving Mr. Banks”
Steve McQueen “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne “Nebraska”

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The 2013 St. Louis Film Critics’ Award nominees are:

Best Film
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Spike Jonze (Her)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
David O. Russell (American Hustle)
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The Los Angeles film critics isn’t what it used to be, it must be said. Back in the day, LA print critics were in the group and they voted accordingly. Many of the members now do not write specifically from Los Angeles – they do all of their writing for a broader online community, as does New York. Thus, it is becoming harder and harder to distinguish between the two groups – their membership looks mostly the same. The LA Film critics is 45 males to 11 females. There is a similar, though nowhere near as dramatic, breakdown in New York. Let’s face it: film criticism, like the Oscar race and Hollywood overall, is dominated by the straight, white male opinion. And so it goes.

The one thing that makes awards bloggers and pundits look ridiculous is chasing after each and every critic award trying to find the consensus. That will emerge eventually but none of the critics groups we’ve seen so far indicate any sort of consensus. Not by a long shot. These early awards can help but they can’t hurt.
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Los Angeles Film Critics Association

  • Best Picture: TIE!! Gravity and Her
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity; runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her
  • Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska; runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Actress: TIE!! Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, and Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • Best Supporting Actor: TIE! James Franco, Spring Breakers, and Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave; runner-up: June Squibb, Nebraska
  • Best Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke,
  • Before Midnight; runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her
  • Best Foreign-Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color; runner-up: The Great Beauty
  • Best Feature Animation: Ernest & Celestine; runner-up: The Wind Rises
  • Best Documentary: Stories We Tell; runner-up: The Act of Killing
  • Best Music Score: T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis; runner-up: Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett, Her
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity; Runner-up, Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity; Shane Carruth and David Lowery, Upstream Color
  • Best Production Design: K.K. Barrett, Her; Runner-up: Jess Gonchor, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award:
  • Cabinets Of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce
  • The NEW GENERATION prize: Megan Ellison.

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Boston Film Critics Association

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave; runner-up: The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Best Director: , 1: runner-up: Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Best Actor: , : runner-up:, The of Wall Street
  • Best Actress: , Blue Jasmine: runner-up: Judi Dench in Philomena
  • Best Supporting Actor: Enough Said; runner-up: TIE! , Captain Phillips, and , Dallas Buyers Club
  • Best Supporting Actress: June Squibb, Nebraska; runner-up: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Screenplay: Enough Said; runner-up: Wolf of Wall Street
  • Best Documentary:  ; runner-up:
  • Best Animated Feature: The Wind Rises; runner-up: Frozen (near tie)
  • Best New Filmmaker: Ryan Coogler for ; runner-up: Josh Oppenheimer
  • Best Cinematography: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki; runner-up: The Grandmaster
  • Best Editing: Rush; runner up: Wolf of Wall Street
  • Best Use of Music in a Film: Inside Llewyn Davis; runner-up: Nebraska

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New York Film Critics Online

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Best Debut Director: Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
  • Best Ensemble Cast: American Hustle
  • Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
  • Best Supporting Actor:  Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is The Warmest Color
  • Best Documentary: The Act Of Killing
  • Best Animated Feature: The Wind Rises
  • Best Use Of Music: Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Best Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
  • Best Cinematography:  Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
  • Best Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Thanks to Martin A.


Best Film:
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
12 Years a Slave

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Spike Jonze (Her)
Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Actor:
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
Robert Redford (All is Lost)
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(via Collider)


Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE

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Best Film:  HER
Best Director: Spike Jonze, HER
Best Actor: Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
Best Actress: Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS
Best Supporting Actor: Will Forte, NEBRASKA
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION
Best Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Best Adapted Screenplay: Terence Winter, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Best Animated Feature: THE WIND RISES
Breakthrough Performance: Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION
Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Best Directorial Debut: Ryan Coogler, FRUITVALE STATION
Best Foreign Language Film:  THE PAST
Best Documentary: STORIES WE TELL
William K. Everson Film History Award: George Stevens, Jr.
Best Ensemble:  PRISONERS
Spotlight Award: Career Collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: WADJDA
Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award: GRAVITY

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national board of review 2

The NBR will be announcing tomorrow, December 4.



The New York Film Critics pushed back their dates (now voting December 3) so that they could announce before the National Board of Review (December 4). They did it to be out front of awards season and to be the first “important” voice of the season. Or perhaps they did it to dampen the impact of the National Board of Review. Both have been around a very long time but the date change is a fairly recent development, borne out of awards season hysteria where every city with a population of more than 500 has a critics group that votes on awards. At some point you just tune it out because it hardly feels like it matters anymore who wins what where. What you look at is the consensus building around certain films.  It is also pointless to say the NYFCC are more prestigious than the NBR. As you’ll see from the chart at the end of this article, it really makes no never mind who they are. Their choices are not that different.  Perception and positioning is what matters. Very few films that won either the NBR or the NYFCC did not go on to win Best Picture.

The New York Film Critics want to be first — but they will pay a price for that. Yes, they will be out front. There is a good chance their choice for Best Picture will go on to be nominated for Best Picture.  This year, they will likely miss seeing The Wolf of Wall Street and perhaps American Hustle. Maybe they will be screened in time, maybe they won’t.  But either way, it is not supposed to be their jobs to influence the awards race. They are supposed to carefully consider the films of a given year and decide which film deserves to be called best. Therefore, their choice to push back their date threatens their whole purpose of existing in the first place.

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One of several blunt instruments we can use to pound out a sense of what’s percolating up to the top tier of the year in film. If you need a reminder than these scores don’t always translate into actual awards heat, bear in mind that Me and Orson Welles has a BFCA score of 100 — and the Critics Choice voters themselves didn’t even chose it as one of their Best Picture nominees that year.

I’m sure I’m forgetting a few titles. We’ll update periodically if scores change and whenever new significant titles emerge. (Full chart after the cut).

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UPDATES 11-4: Nebraska 93/100… Wadjda 87/100… The Hunt 86/100.

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The New York Film critics pushed their voting date far back enough so that they would be “first,” ahead of the National Board of Review. The NYFCC will announce a day before the NBR, on December 3, 2013.

You will note as we comb through these early awards how one film was dominating (Zero Dark Thirty) and another right on its heels (Lincoln). NYFCC last year:

2012 Awards
Best Picture, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director, Kathryn BigelowZERO DARK THIRTY
Best Screenplay, Tony Kushner, LINCOLN
Best Actress, Rachel Weisz, THE DEEP BLUE SEA
Best Actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN
Best Supporting Actress, Sally Field, LINCOLN
Best Supporting Actor, Matthew McConaughey, BERNIE, MAGIC MIKE

And the National Board of Review:

Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings
Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, Compliance
Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Adapted: Silver Linings Playbook
Original: Looper

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The Lancashire Film Critics are emerging with a reputation for awarding the best efforts of British filmmakers. Check out their interesting choices from the past 5 years.

Best Film
Les Misérables by Tom Hooper

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Best Actress
Andrea Riseborough – Shadow Dancer

Best International Film
The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson

Best Director
Tom Hooper – Les Misérables

Best Screenplay
Peter Strickland – Berberian Sound Studio

Official press release after the cut.

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