Florida Film Critics Embrace "12 Years a Slave" 

Okay I'm running out of verbs to use for various critics groups honoring Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." I can only use hail, love, embrace for so much! But will the critics love for "12 years" translate into Oscar gold? That's the question!

Here's the complete list of winners of the Florida Film Critics Circle awards:

Picture: "12 Years a Slave"

Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, The Dallas Buyers Club

Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’O, 12 Years a Slave

Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity

Visual Effects: Gravity

Art Direction/Production Design: Damien Drew et.al. and Catherine Martin et.al., The Great Gatsby

Foreign Language: Blue is the Warmest Color

Animated: Frozen

Documentary: The Act of Killing

Breakout: Lupita Nyong’O, 12 Years a Slave

Golden Orange: Dana Keith

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"12 Years a Slave" Tops Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 

Various critics groups are almost unanimous in hailing Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" the best picture of the year! Today, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS)is one of the award-giving bodies crowning the movie as the year's best.

Here's the complete list of winners of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society:

Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave”

Best Director: Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Actress: Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her”

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Gravity”

Best Film Editing: Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger, “Gravity”

Best Costume Design: Patricia Norris, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Art Direction: Andy Nicholson, “Gravity”

Best Visual Effects: “Gravity”

Best Foreign Film: “Blue is the Warmest Color”

Best Documentary: “Blackfish”

Best Animated Film: “Frozen”

Best Family Film: “Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film: “Pacific Rim”

Best Comedy Film: “This is the End”

Best Action Film: “Lone Survivor”

Best Score: Hans Zimmer, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Song: “Please Mr. Kennedy,” – “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Youth in Film: Tye Sheridan, “Mud”

Breakout Filmmaker of the Year: Ryan Coogler, “Fruitvale Station”

Best DVD (Packaging, Design and Content): “Breaking Bad – The Complete Series” (Blu-Ray)

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award: John Goodman

LVFCS Top 10 Films of 2013
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. Dallas Buyers Club
3. Gravity
4. The Wolf of Wall Street
5. American Hustle
6. Inside Llewyn Davis
7. Saving Mr. Banks
8. Nebraska
9. Her
10. Lone Survivor

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Phoenix Film Critics Love "12 Years a Slave" 

Another award-giving body, another win for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." The film is, by now, the clear frontrunner this awards season. Let's see if this momentum will carry them all the way to Oscar Night!

Here's the complete winners of the Phoenix Film Critics Society:

Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

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

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

Best Adapted Screenplay: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Original Screenplay: "Nebraska"

Best Original Score: "Frozen"

Best Original Song: "Let it Go" from "Frozen"

Best Cinematography: "Gravity"

Best Costume Design: "The Great Gatsby"

Best Film Editing: "Gravity"

Best Production Design: "Gravity"

Best Animated Film: "Frozen"

Best Foreign Language Film: "Blue is the Warmest Color"

Best Documentary: "20 Feet from Stardom"

Best Stunts: "Fast & Furious 6"

Best Live Action Family Film (Rated G or PG): "Oz the Great and Powerful"

The Overlooked Film of the Year: (tie) "The Kings of Summer" and "The Spectacular Now"

Breakthrough Performance on Camera: Oscar Isaac, "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera: Lake Bell, "In a World…"

Best Performance by a Youth — Male: Tye Sheridan, "Mud"

Best Performance by a Youth — Female: Sophie Nélisse, "The Book Thief

Top 10 Films of 2013 (alphabetical)
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Saving Mr. Banks"
"Short Term 12"
"12 Years a Slave"

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2013-2014 Awards Season -- Your Complete Guide 


In order to help you unclutter all the various award-giving bodies this season, here's my 2013-2014 Awards Season Guide with the very latest updates on announced awards or nominations!

This is my Super Bowl and I find this Awards Season Guide nifty, if I may say so myself.

And now, your complete 2013-2014 Awards Season Guide (click on each link):

Academy Awards -- The 2014 Oscars!
ACE Eddie Awards -- Best Editing
African-American Film Critics
Alliance of Women Film Journalists -- EDA Awards
American Film Institute
American Society of Cinematographers
Annie Awards
Art Directors Guild Awards
Austin Film Critics Association
Boston Online Film Critics Association
Boston Society of Film Critics
British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)
British Independent Film Awards
Chicago Film Critics Association
Cinema Audio Society
Cinema Eye Honors (Nominees)
Costume Designers Guild
Cinema Eye Honors (Winners)
Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Dallas Fort-Worth Film Critics Association
Detroit Film Critics Society
Directors Guild of America
Dorian Awards (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association)
European Film Awards
Film Comment Poll
Florida Film Critics Circle
Golden Globe Awards
Gotham Awards
Houston Film Critics Society
Independent Spirit Awards
Indiana Film Journalists Association
International Cinephile Society
International Documentary Association
Israeli Film Critics
Las Vegas Film Critics Society
London Film Critics' Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
National Board of Review
National Society of Film Critics
New York Film Critics Circle
New York Film Critics Online
Online Film Critics Society
Phoenix Film Critics Society
Producers Guild of America
San Diego Film Critics
San Francisco Film Critics
Satellite Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association
Toronto Film Critics Association
USC Scripter Awards (Best Adapted Screenplay)
VES Awards (Visual Effects)
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association
Writers Guild Awards

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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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