London Film Critics' Circle Nominations 

The London Film Critics' Circle announced their nominations and surprise, surprise, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the pack with nine nods including Best Picture. Missing in action? David O. Russell's "American Hustle" BUT Jennifer Lawrence was given a Best Supporting Actress nomination.

Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony on February 2, 2014.

Here's the complete list of nominees of the London Film Critics' Circle awards:

Film of the Year
"Blue is the Warmest Color"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Frances Ha"
"The Great Beauty"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Director of the Year
Alfonso Cuaròn, "Gravity"
Paul Greengrass, "Captain Phillips"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Paolo Sorrentino, "The Great Beauty"

Actor of the Year
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Tom Hanks, "Captain Phillips"

Actress of the Year
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Adèle Exarchopoulos, "Blue is the Warmest Color"
Greta Gerwig, "Frances Ha"

Supporting Actor of the Year
Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"
Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
James Gandolfini, "Enough Said"
Tom Hanks, "Saving Mr. Banks"
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Supporting Actress of the Year
Naomie Harris, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"
June Squibb, "Nebraska"

Screenwriter of the Year
Spike Jonze, "Her"
Joel and Ethan Coen, "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, "Philomena"
John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave"
Terence Winter, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Foreign Language Film of the Year
"Blue is the Warmest Color"
"Caesar Must Die"
"The Great Beauty"
"A Hijacking"

Documentary of the Year
"The Act of Killing"
"Beware of Mr. Baker"
"Stories We Tell"
"We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks"

British Film of the Year
"A Field in England"
"The Selfish Giant"

British Actor of the Year (for body of work)
Christian Bale, "American Hustle" and "Out of the Furnace"
Steve Coogan, "Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa," "The Look of Love," "Philomena" and "What Maisie Knew"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Michael Fassbender, "The Counselor" and "12 Years a Slave"
James McAvoy, "Filth," "Trance" and "Welcome to the Punch"

British Actress of the Year (for body of work)
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Lindsay Duncan, "About Time," "Last Passenger" and "Le Week-end"
Naomie Harris, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Emma Thompson, "Beautiful Creatures" and "Saving Mr. Banks"

Young British Performer of the Year (for body of work)
Conner Chapman, "The Selfish Giant"
Eloise Laurence, "Broken"
George Mackay, "Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson," "For Those in Peril," "How I Live Now" and "Sunshine on Leith"
Saoirse Ronan, "Byzantium," "The Host" and "How I Live Now"
Shaun Thomas, "The Selfish Giant"

Breakthrough British Director of the Year
Jon S. Baird, "Filth"
Scott Graham, "Shell"
Marcus Markou, "Papadopoulos & Sons"
Rufus Norris, "Broken"
Paul Wright, "For Those in Peril"

Technical Achievement of the Year
Judy Becker (production design), "American Hustle"
Howard Cummings (production design), "Behind the Candelabra"
Mark Eckersley (editing), "Filth"
Sam Levy (cinematography), "Frances Ha"
Tim Webber (visual effects), "Gravity"
Trish Summerville (costume design), "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
T-Bone Burnett (music), "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller (costume design), "Stoker"
Sean Bobbitt (cinematography), "12 Years a Slave"
Johnny Marshall (sound design), "Upstream Color"

Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film
Gary Oldman

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Big Win for "Inside Llewyn Davis" 

The Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" won big with the Toronto Film Critics Association. The folk-music film took home the Best Picture award and Oscar Isaac won the Best Actor award.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2013 Toronto Film Critics Association:

Best Picture: "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"

Best Actor: Oscar Isaac, "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"

Best Screenplay: "Her"

Best Animated Feature: "The Wind Rises"

Best Foreign Language Film: "A Touch of Sin"

Best First Feature: "Neighboring Sounds"

Best Canadian Film: "The Dirties," "Gabrielle" and "Watermark" (nominees)

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"12 Years a Slave" Wins Big with Chicago Film Critics 

Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was the big winner of the Chicago Film Critics Association annual awards taking home 5 trophies out of 11 nominations. "12 Years" won Best Picture, Director for McQueen, Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'O, and Adapted Screenplay.

Here's the complete list of winners (bolded) and nominees of the Chicago Film Critics Association awards:

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


Bruce Dern–Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor–12 Years A Slave
Oscar Isaac–Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey–Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford–All Is Lost

Cate Blanchett–Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock–Gravity
Adele Exarchopoulos–Blue is the Warmest Color
Brie Larson–Short Term 12
Meryl Streep–August: Osage County

Barkhad Abdi–Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender–12 Years A Slave
James Franco–Spring Breakers
James Gandolfini–Enough Said
Jared Leto–Dallas Buyers Club


Scarlett Johansson–Her
Jennifer Lawrence–American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o–12 Years A Slave
Lea Seydoux–Blue is the Warmest Color
June Squibb–Nebraska

American Hustle–Eric Singer & David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine–Woody Allen
Her–Spike Jonze
Inside Llewyn Davis–Joel & Ethan Coen
Nebraska–Bob Nelson

12 Years A Slave–John Ridley
August: Osage County–Tracey Letts
Before Midnight–Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke
Philomena–Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope
The Wolf of Wall Street–Terrence Winter


The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Hunt
The Wind Rises


20 Feet from Stardom
The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Stories We Tell


The Croods
From Up on Poppy Hill
Monsters University
The Wind Rises


12 Years A Slave–Sean Bobbitt
Gravity–Emmanuel Lubezki
Her–Hoyte Van Hoytema
Inside Llewyn Davis–Bruno Delbonnel
Prisoners–Roger Deakins


12 Years A Slave–Hans Zimmer
Blancanieves–Alfonso de Vilallongo
Gravity–Steven Price
Her–Arcade Fire
Spring Breakers–Cliff Martinez and Skrillex


12 Years A Slave
The Great Gatsby
Inside Llewyn Davis


12 Years A Slave–Joe Walker
American Hustle–Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers
Gravity–Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger
Upstream Color–Shane Carruth & David Lowery
The Wolf of Wall Street–Thelma Schoonmaker

Lake Bell–In A World
Ryan Coogler–Fruitvale Station
Destin Cretton–Short Term 12
Joseph Gordon-Levitt–Don Jon
Joshua Oppenheimer–The Act of Killing


Barkhad Abdi–Captain Phillips
Chadwick Boseman–42
Adele Exarchopoulos–Blue is the Warmest Color
Lupita Nyong’o–12 Years A Slave
Tye Sheridan–Mud

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Llewyn Davis Speaks! Oscar Isaac Talks About “Inside Llewyn Davis” 

Oscar Isaac (“Sucker Punch”) is sure-to-receive an Oscar nomination for his brilliant portrayal of a struggling folk singer in the Coen Brothers’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Playing the title role, Isaac immersed himself into the character and came up with a performance that is at once bruised and brooding. In this interview, we talked about:

*** His character of Llewyn Davis is one of the most interesting, intriguing characters I’ve met this year!
*** His character’s heart
*** His initial reaction when he heard he got the part
*** Working with the Coen Brothers
*** Singing live for the movie!
*** How he learned the Travis Picking style of guitar playing?
*** My biggest takeaway – life is cyclical
*** The film’s hopeful note!

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Carey Mulligan Talks About “Inside Llewyn Davis” 

I love, love, love Carey Mulligan! She’s a fantastic actress who always turns in memorable performances. Last year, she sang in the movie “Shame” for director Steve McQueen, and this year, she’s part of a triplet of performers (with Justin Timberlake and Stark Sands) ala Peter, Paul, and Mary in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted her to making the movie
*** Singing in “Inside Llewyn Davis”
*** Her character Jean
*** The fairy-tale backbone of “Inside Llewyn Davis” like a hodge podge of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Pinocchio”
*** The movie feels hopeful

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