"12 Years a Slave" Wins Big with Kansas City Film Critics! 


The Kansas City Film Critics Circle has announced their winners of its annual awards and once again, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" took home the top prize! But McQueen must share his Best Director award with "Gravity" helmer, Alfonso Cuaron. Oh, and speaking of "Gravity," the Kansas City Film Critics chose Sandra Bullock as Best Actress of the year.

Kansas City Film Critics Circle:

Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Director: (tie) Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity" and Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Supporting Actor: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Adapted Screenplay: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Original Screenplay: "Her"

Best Animated Film: (tie) "Despicable Me 2" and "Frozen"

Best Documentary: "The Act of Killing"

Best Foreign Film: "Blue is the Warmest Color"

Vince Koehler Award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film: "Her"

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Indiana Film Journalists Love "12 Years a Slave" 


With the Indiana Film Journalists Association, we get the usual suspects -- "12 Years a Slave" winning the top award! But I'm happy to report that the Association also gave the film's helmer, Steve McQueen, the best director award (not the favorite Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity").

Other surprising choices -- Adèle Exarchopoulos won Best Actress for "Blue is the Warmest Color," and Barkhad Abdi winning the Best Supporting Actor trophy for "Captain Phillips."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2013 Indiana Film Journalists Association:

Best Film: "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: "Her")

Other Finalists (alphabetical)
"All is Lost"
"Before Midnight"
"Captain Phillips"
"Frances Ha"
"Mud"
"Prisoners"
"Spring Breakers"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Director: Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: Spike Jonze, "Her")

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club")

Best Actress: Adèle Exarchopoulos, "Blue is the Warmest Color" (Runner-up: Brie Larson, "Short Term 12")

Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips" (Runner-up: Jeremy Renner, "American Hustle")

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle" (Runner-up: June Squibb, "Nebraska")

Best Adapted Screenplay: "Before Midnight" (Runner-up: "12 Years a Slave")

Best Original Screenplay: "Her" (Runner-up: "Rush")

Best Musical Score: "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: "Rush")

Best Animated Feature: "Frozen" (Runner-up: "The Wind Rises")

Best Foreign Language Film: "Blue is the Warmest Color" (Runner-up: "The Grandmaster")

Best Documentary: "The Act of Killing" (Runner-up: "Stories We Tell")

Original Vision Award: "Her" (Runner-up: "Gravity")

The Hoosier Award: Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, "Medora"

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Southeastern Film Critics Choose "12 Years a Slave" 


It's becoming a common theme now -- Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominating the awards season! And this morning, the Southeastern Film Critics Association honored the movie as the best of the year! Here's the complete list of winners of the 2013 Southeastern Film Critics Association:

Top 10
1. "12 Years a Slave"
2. "Gravity"
3. "American Hustle"
4. "Her"
5. "Inside Llewyn Davis"
6. "Nebraska"
7. "Dallas Buyers Club"
8. "Philomena"
9. "Captain Phillips"
10. "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club")

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" (Runner-up: Judi Dench, "Philomena")

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club" (Runner-up: Michael Fassbender, "12

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle")

Best Director: Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: Alfonso Cuaròn, "Gravity")

Best Ensemble: "American Hustle" (Runner-up: "12 Years a Slave")

Best Adapted Screenplay: "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: "Philomena")

Best Original Screenplay: "American Hustle" (Runner-up: "Her")

Best Documentary: "The Act of Killing" (Runners-up: "Blackfish," "Muscle Shoals")

Best Foreign Language Film: "The Hunt" (Runner-up: "Blue is the Warmest Color")

Best Animated Film: "Frozen" (Runner-up: "The Wind Rises")

Best Cinematography: "Gravity" (Runner-up: "12 Years a Slave")

Gene Wyatt Award: Jeff Nichols, "Mud" (Runner-up: Greg "Freddy" Cammalier, "Muscle Shoals")

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Online Film Critics Hail "12 Years a Slave" 


The Online Film Critics Society has announced the winners of their 17th annual awards, and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the pack with wins for Best Picture, actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, supporting actor for Michael Fassbender, and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o.

Here's the complete list of winners (bolded) and nominations of the 17th Online Film Critics Society awards:

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Before Midnight
Blue Is the Warmest Color
Drug War
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Short Term 12
The Wind Rises

Best Animated Feature

Despicable Me 2
From Up on Poppy Hill
Frozen
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

Best Film Not in the English Language

Blue Is the Warmest Color
Drug War
Museum Hours
Wadjda
The Wind Rises

Best Documentary

56 Up
The Act of Killing
At Berkeley
Blackfish
Stories We Tell

Best Director

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis
Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Spike Jonze - Her
Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave
Hayao Miyazaki - The Wind Rises

Best Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips
Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyn Davis
Mads Mikkelsen - The Hunt
Joaquin Phoenix - Her

Best Actress

Amy Adams - American Hustle
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy - Before Midnight
Adèle Exarchopoulos - Blue Is the Warmest Color
Brie Larsen - Short Term 12

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey - Mud
Sam Rockwell - The Way, Way Back

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Scarlett Johansson - Her
Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Léa Seydoux - Blue Is the Warmest Color

Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Museum Hours

Best Adapted Screenplay

12 Years a Slave
Before Midnight
In the House
Short Term 12
The Wind Rises

Best Editing

12 Years a Slave
Drug War
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Cinematography

12 Years a Slave
The Grandmaster
Gravity
The Great Beauty
Inside Llewyn Davis

Special Awards:

Best Sound Design and Best Visual Effects to Gravity
To Roger Ebert, for inspiring so many of our members

Top Ten films Without a U.S. Release:

Closed Curtain
Gloria
Like Father, Like Son
Our Sunhi
R100
The Rocket
Stranger By the Lake
We Are the Best!
Le Weekend
Why Don't You Play in Hell?

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"Inside Llewyn Davis" Tops Film Comment Critics Poll 


Film Comment has revealed the results of its annual critics poll, and the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" easily won the top spot!

Film Comment's Best Films of 2013

1. Inside Llewyn Davis

2. 12 Years a Slave

3. Before Midnight

4. The Act of Killing

5. A Touch of Sin

6. Leviathan

7. Gravity

8. Computer Chess

9. Frances Ha

10. Upstream Color

Film Comment's Best Undistributed Films of 2013

1. Jealousy

2. Stray Dogs

3. What Now? Remind Me

4. Nobody's Daughter Haewon

5. Abuse of Weakness

6. Our Sunhi

7. The Strange Little Cat

8. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

9. Story of My Death

10. Club Sandwich

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