The New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards were held recently, and David O. Russell’s American Hustle took home Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, with other winners including 12 Years a Slave (Director), All Is Lost (Lead Actor) and Inside Llewyn Davis (Cinematographer). Interestingly, Stories We Tell scooped the documentary prize, while films such as Gravity, Saving Mr. Banks, Captain Phillips, and The Wolf of Wall Street were absent.
What what do these awards suggest? Well, judging by recent winners it would seem to prove that the opinions of NYFCC members are all but ignored at the Oscars. Last year it was Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln who won out, while in 2011 it was Tree of Life that led with 3 wins, with The Artists picking up only 2, albeit Best Film & Director.
So even though the winners are probably indicative of the films that will be most nominated at the Oscars, when it comes to final ballots results differ considerably. Could it be a bad omen for Mr. O. Russell to do so well here? Click here for the NYFCC Awards site and below are the 2013 winners:
Best Picture – American Hustle
Best Director – Steve McQueen
Best Screenplay – Eric Singer & David O. Russell
Best Actress – Cate Blanchett
Best Actor – Robert Redford
Supporting Actor – Jared Leto
Supporting Actress – Jennifer Lawrence
Cinematographer – Bruno Delbonnel
Animated Film – The Wind Rises
Documentary – Stories We Tell
Foreign Film – Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Best First Film – Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station)
Special Award – Frederick Wiseman
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