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Monday, February 03, 2014

2013 Film Critics' Awards - Final


English-speaking critics seem to agree that 12 Years a Slave is the best film of the year as more than half the groups selected this film for their top award. As we know by now there is a high chance that AMPAS voters will disagree again this year as clearly happened last year. From the guilds that have announced their winners we know that race could be between three movies: American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, so let's hope that Oscar voters find clarity and vote for a great movie and not only for a "popular" film.

Completely different is what's happening with Best Actress, where Cate Blanchett is the critic's favorite by far, as well as in the guilds and any other another award that has already announced their winners. If you think that Cate will win the Oscar there is very high probabilities that you are right. Believe all the honors are extremely well-deserved as she is truly fantastic in Blue Jasmine, where she truly lost herself into that complex role.

More than half the critic's groups selected Chiweter Ejiofor for Best Actor followed a bit far by Matthew McConaughey. By now we know that guilds and other awards that have already announced winners tend to prefer McConaughey. If we think about those that vote in the Oscar race, then McConaughey has more probabilities than Ejiofor to win the Oscar. I saw first 12 Years a Slave and was sure that Ejiofor will win an Oscar but then saw Dallas Buyers Club and was extremely impressed with McConaughey performance, so much that told a friend: "I really don't mind if Ejiofor or McConaughey win the Oscar, both truly deserve high honors for their performance". But if I have to guess, think the American actor will win. The big surprise will be if Bruce Dern wins for "sentimental" reasons. Sigh.

If one top category is close for critic's groups is Best Director with Alfonso Cuarón having a slight advantage above Steve McQueen, an advantage that grows exponentially when we consider the guild and other awards that have announced their winners. My problem with this category is that both directors did an incredibly good job in two extremely different types of movies. Still have difficulties grasping the director work when there are too many visual effects (started to be kind to SyFy after Life of Pi) so it is not easy to say that Cuarón did a great job directing Gravity but is extremely easy to say that McQueen did an excellent job in 12 Years a Slave. Besides I have highly enjoyed Steve McQueen previous movies and is a director I follow closely. So yes, my award goes to McQueen but think that Cuarón will win an Oscar.

Last, critics are split with what they consider as the Best Documentary of the year, with half considering The Art of Killing and half considering other docs. I have no doubt that the best documentary I saw during 2013 is The Art of Killing, so good that you almost forget you are watching a documentary as seems like fiction. But unfortunately is reality. Before watching this doc, my favorite by far was great Stories We Tell and definitively is shocking that doc didn't got an Oscar nomination. I believe (and hope) that The Art of Killing will win the Oscar, but there is always a possibility that doc doesn't please the sensibilities of older AMPAS voters.

So that's it. Interesting will be to see how close or how far critics and AMPAS voters will be this year as last year the distance was HUGE.

12/4/13
As I really enjoy when I guess right almost all Oscar winners and knowing that guessing is done best by following awards buzz and not considering how good movies are, then this year have to do again the critics' post and today is a good day to start post that will be a work in progress until the last group announces their winner which happens around late January 2014.

Most critics' groups are American but you will also find groups in Canada, Ireland and UK. As in previous years' posts will publish link to read all winners and will list winners in the following categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Documentary. Before the list and to have ALL in one post first is the summary for the major film critics' groups.

Major Critics' Groups

Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: (tie) Gravity and Her
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: (tie) Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Color and Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Bruce Dern in Nebraska
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Nominations and Winners: Post
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Best Documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom

Golden Globes
Nominations and Winners: Post
Best Film (Drama): 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress (Drama): Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor (Drama): Matthew McConaughey
Best Documentary: N/A

International Press Academy (Satellite Awards)
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site News
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Documentary: Blackfish

National Board of Review
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: Her
Best Director: Spike Jonze for Her
Best Actress: Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks
Best Actor: Bruce Dern in Nebraska
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

New York Film Critics Circle
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: American Hustle
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Robert Redford in All Is Lost
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

The List

African-American Film Critics Association
Winners: Official Site - News
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock in Gravity
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels' The Butler
Best Documentary: American Promise

Alliance of Women Film Journalists (EDA Awards)
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

Austin Film Critics Association
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: Her
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Brie Larson in Short Term 12
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Black Film Critics Circle
Winners: News
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Brie Larson in Short Term 12
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom

Boston Society of Film Critics
Winners at Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Art of Killing

Boston Online Film Critics Association
Winners at Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Central Ohio Film Critics Association
Nominations: News Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: Gravity
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Chicago Film Critics Association
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Winners: Official Site - News
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom

Denver Film Critics Society
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: News Official Site
Best Film: Gravity
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Detroit Film Critics Society
Nominations: Official Site News
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: Her
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Brie Larson in Short Term 12
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

Dublin Film Critics Circle
Winners: News
Best Film: Gravity
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Bruce Dern in Nebraska
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Florida Film Critics Circle
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( Dorian Awards)
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: News Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: N/A
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Documentary: Bridegroom

Georgia Film Critics Association
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: Her
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

The Guardian UK Top 10 films
Article with list: Official Site
Number 1 Film: The Act of Killing

The Houston Film Critics Society
Winners: Official Site - News
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock in Gravity
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom

Indiana Film Journalist Association
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blueis the Warmest Color
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Indiewire Annual Critics Survey
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Lead Performance: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Iowa Film Critics Association
Winners: News
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom

Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: (tie) Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity and Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Salve
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock in Gravity
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Las Vegas Film Critics Society
Winners: Official Site - News
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Documentary: Blackfish

London Film Critics Circle
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

National Society of Film Critics
Winners: News - Official Site
Best Film: Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Oscar Isaac in Llewyn Davis
Best Documentary: (tie) The Act of Killing and At Berkeley

Nevada Film Critics Society
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Meryl Streep in August: Osage County
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Documentary: NA

New York Film Critics Online
Winners: Official Site News
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

North Carolina Film Critics Association
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

North Texas Film Critics Association
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: Gravity
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock in Gravity
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom

Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Winners: News
Best Film: Her
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Online Film Critics Society
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Phoenix Film Critics Society
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom

St. Louis Film Critics
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: Blackfish

San Diego Film Critics Society
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: Her
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Sight&Sound Film Magazine (100 International Critics)
Article in magazine here
Number 1 Film: The Act of Killing

Southeastern Film Critics Association
Winners: Official Site - News
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwitel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Toronto Film Critics Association
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Utah Film Critics Association
Winners: News
Best Film: Gravity
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

UK Regional Film Awards (Richard Attenborough)
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: N/A

Vancouver Film Critics Circle
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

The Village Voice Critics Poll
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Actor: Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

The Washington DC Area Film Critics
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: Official Site
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: Blackfish

Women Film Critics Circle (Not added to tally)
Nominations: Official Site
Winners: News
Best Movie About Women: Philomena
Best Woman Storyteller (Screenwriting): Julie Delpy for Before Midnight
Best Actress: Judi Dench in Philomena
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary by or about Women: Stories We Tell

Tally

The following is a summary with winners in the five main categories. Tally will be update when each group makes their announcement.

Best Film
29 - 12 Years a Slave (BSFC, NYFCO, WAFCA, BOFCA, AAFCA, SFFCC, KCFCC, IFJA, HFCS, SEFCA, DFWFCA, OFCS, CFCA, PFCS, SLFC, IW, LVFC, FFCC, BFCC, NFCS, AWFJ, IFCA, GG, NCFCA, VFCC, CCMA, GALECA, CCFA, UKRFA, IPA)
7 - Her (NBR, LAFCA, SDFCS, DFCS, AFCA, OFCC, GFCA )
6 - Gravity (LAFCA, DFCC, UFCA, COFCA, NTFCA, DFCS)
3 - Inside Llewyn Davis (TFCA, TVVC, NSFC)
1 - American Hustle (NYFCC)

Best Director
26- Alfonso Cuarón (NYFCO, LAFCA, WAFCA, SDFCS, DFCS, SFFCC, KCFCC, HFCS, DFWFCA, OFCS, TFCA, PFCS, AFCA, DFCC, UFCA, NFCS, COFCA, NTFCA, OFCC, GFCA, GG, VFCC, DFCS, CCMA, CCFA, UKRFA)
18 - Steve McQueen (NYFCC, BSFC, BOFCA, AAFCA, KCFCC, IFJA, SEFCA, CFCA, SLFC, IW LVFC, FFCC, TVVC, BFCC, AWFJ, IFCA, NCFCA, IPA)
1 - Spike Jonze (NBR)
1 - Joel and Ethan Coen (NSFC)

Best Actress
31 - Cate Blanchett (NYFCC, BSFC, NYFCO, LAFCA, WAFCA, SDFCS, BOFCA, SFFCC, SEFCA, DFWFCA, OFCS, TFCA, CFCA, PFCS, SLFC, DFFC, FFCC, AWFJ, NSFC. OFCC, GFCA, IFCA, GG, NCFCA, VFCC, DFCS, CCMA, GALECA, CCFA, UKRFA, IPA)
5 - Adèle Exarchopoulos (LAFCA, IFJA, TVVC, UFCA, COFCA)
4 - Sandra Bullock (AAFCA, KCFCC, HFCS, NTFCA)
3 - Brie Larson (DFCS, AFCA, BFCC)
2 - Emma Thompson (NBR, LVFC)
1 - Meryl Streep (NFCS)

Best Actor
25- Chiwetel Ejiofor (BSFC, NYFCO, WAFCA, BOFCA, SFFCC, KCFCC, IFJA, HFCS, SEFCA, OFCS, CFCA, AFCA, SLFC, IW, BFCC, UFCA, COFCA, NTFCA, OFCC, GFCA, IFCA, NCFCA, CCFA, UKRFA)
11 - Matthew McConaughey (DFCS, DFWFCA, PFCS, LVFC, FFCC, NFCS, AWFJ, GG, DFCS, CCMA, GALECA, IPA)
5 - Oscar Isaac (SDFCS, TFCA, TVVC, NFSC, VFCC)
3 - Bruce Dern (NBR, LAFCA, DFCC)
1 - Robert Redford (NYFCC)
1 - Forest Whitaker (AAFCA)

Best Documentary
23 - The Art of Killing (BSFC, NYFCO, SDFCS, BOFCA, SFFCC, KCFCC, IFJA, SEFCA, OFCS, TFCA, CFCA, AFCA, IW, DFCC, FFCC, TVVC, UFCA, COFCA, NFSC, OFCC, VFCC, DFCS, CCFA)
7 - Stories We Tell (NYFCC, NBR, LAFCA, DFCS, AWFJ, GFCA, NCFCA)
7 - 20 Feet From Stardom (HFCS, DFWFCA, PFCS, BFCC, NTFCA, IFCA, CCMA)
4 - Blackfish (WAFCA, SLFC, LVFC, IPA)
1 - American Promise (AAFCA)
1 - At Berkley (NFSC)
1 - Bridegroom (GALECA)

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