The Boston Society of Film Critics announced their annual awards today, with the list below being updated as results are posted.
Via his Twitter account, Boston Globe critic Ty Burr offered a behind-the-the scenes look at the votes, and Peter Keough kept a live tally on Critics a Go-Go. The constant: Observations about The Wolf of Wall Street screening late and many critics not being able to see it. Given that Wolf finished second in five categories — Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Use of Music, it’s hard to imagine more screenings wouldn’t have resulted in at least a win or two.
Leonardo DiCaprio finished second for Best Actor for The Wolf of Wall Street.
Cate Blanchett’s win in Blue Jasmine was a first-ballot cakewalk.
After some debate over whether he qualified, James Gandolfini won Supporting Actor on the fourth ballot, with Captain Phillips‘ Barkhad Abdi and Dallas Buyers Club‘s Jared Leto tied for second.
12 Years a Slave came second to Nebraska for Ensemble Cast, with some suggesting August: Osage County‘s Meryl Streep for “our annual Anne Bancroft Award for Overacting.”
Best Screenplay took five ballots to decide, with Enough Said prevailing over The Wolf of Wall Street. Again, Burr expressed regret more voters hadn’t seen Wolf.
Voting for Best Animated Film was preceded by a statement from Village Voice critic Inkoo Kang, who echoed accusations that Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises goes easy on war criminals. After a polite debate, The Wind Rises won the award, with Frozen finishing a close second and four critics abstaining.
The Act of Killing‘s Joshua Oppenheimer finished second for Best New Filmmaker, winning best documentary shortly thereafter.
Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster finished second for cinematography.
Burr quipped that the “best editing” award should be changed to “most editing,” a complaint often lodged of the Academy Awards as well. The Wolf of Wall Street came second; Burr speculated it might have done better had more critics been able to see the film first.
Runners-up for “Best Use of Music,” an award unique to the BSFC, were Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Best Foreign-Language Film: Wadja
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actress: June Squibb, Nebraska
Best Supporting Actor: James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Best Ensemble Cast: Nebraska
Best Screenplay: Enough Said
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing
Best New Filmmaker: Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station
Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises
Best Cinematography: Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Best Editing: Rush (Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill)
Best Use of Music in a Film: Inside Llewyn Davis