Today, December 3, 2013, the New York Film Critics Circle released their awards list for this year. The members of the Critics Circle meet and vote for their picks until a decision is reached. While these are not the Oscars, the winners here often find themselves getting nominated come Oscar season. The voting process can take a while, as some voters may disagree, and eventually they all come to a decision.
This year, I only agreed with a few of the winners. After just seeing American Hustle last night, I was really surprised that it took Best Film and Best Screenplay. Director David O. Russell has found great success with his actors and his films The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. While Hustle is good, it’s certainly not the best this year. Films like 12 Years A Slave and Gravity come to mind first as being the years’ best. I was greatly upset by the news that veteran actor Robert Redford had one for his one-man film, All Is Lost. There’s no doubt that his performance is great, but it’s one of few words and is more stuntman-like than anything. I would have thought that Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey, or Leonardo DiCaprio would have won, after their films have played so well with audiences. Ryan Coogler‘s Frutivale Station takes home the best first film award and I couldn’t agree more with that. As for documentaries, I’m happy for Sarah Polley winning for Stories We Tell, but I think that The Act of Killing is the best documentary film this year.
I have yet to see Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Coen brothers film, but I’ve heard it’s quite good. Cate Blanchett deserves her win, whereas Jennifer Lawrence might not. Lawrence is great in Hustle, but 12 Years A Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o is by far and away the best supporting performance this year. Jared Leto winning for his performance as a transsexual in Dallas Buyers Club is well deserved, as is Steve McQueen winning best director for 12 Years A Slave. I haven’t seen The Wind Rises, the last film from acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, but I can tell you that I loved Frozen to death. Before I continue rambling, I’ll just say that I’ll link my reviews of the films that I have seen down below so you can get my full thoughts. Without further ado, here are the winners!
Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Best Foreign Language Film
Blue Is The Warmest Color
Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Animated Film
The Wind Rises
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Best First Film
Best Non-fiction Film (Documentary)
Stories We Tell