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What Did We Learn from the 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards? (WINNERS LIST)

What Did We Learn at the Critics' Choice Awards?

While my colleagues Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna are up in Park City for Sundance, I was holding down the fort in a hangar outside the Santa Monica Airport live-blogging the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, these are a consistent bellwether for the Oscars. So, of course, on everyone’s minds that evening were the Academy Awards nominations announced yesterday. All CCMA winners listed after the jump. 

Big winners of the night were “American Hustle” for Best Comedy, Best Comedy Actress Amy Adams and Best Ensemble (the latter will likely repeat at the upcoming SAGs), “Gravity” (Director, Action Actress and tech prizes) and “12 Years a Slave, which the BFCA named Best Picture and crowned Lupita Nyong’o Best Supporting Actress, effectively breaking Jennifer Lawrence’s recent streak.

Judging from uproarious applause for nominees Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, it’s clear Hollywood isn’t too pleased about their Oscar snubs. Speaking of shut-outs, “Blue Is the Warmest Color”‘s Adele Exarchopoulos won the Young Actor award from the BFCA, one of last prizes she will likely pick up this season. “No one from my team is here, and I can’t even drink to celebrate,” the 20-year-old actress remarked in nervous English.

Best Actor was Globe-winner Matthew McConaughey, a possible upset at the upcoming SAGs and Academy Awards. For comedy actor, Leonardo DiCaprio repeated his Globes win, while “Wolf of Wall Street” continues to gain traction even amid controversy.

Among the elbow-rubbers on the red carpet were nominee Jonah Hill, looking sharp, winner Mark Wahlberg, looking small, svelte Brie Larson noshing on a souffle cup of Yogurtland, and dapper Oscar snub Daniel Bruhl, predicted supporting actor contender for “Rush” who didn’t make the Academy cut. Chatting away on his iPhone on the fringes of the red carpet was Harvey Weinstein, who’s having a good week since his “Philomena” made the best picture nine.

The audience wasn’t swept away by host Aisha Tyler, whose crass joke about “12 Years a Slave” being so beautiful that it made her “want to go back to that time” seemed to piss off Oprah Winfrey

But the charm of the evening’s winners more than made-up for the lackluster emcee. Humble Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett, upon accepting her prize for “Blue Jasmine,” thanked Woody Allen for creating “so many great roles for women,” remarking that she was just the “lucky girl” who he happened to call. “My kids couldn’t give a shit about what I do,” she cracked, “but they should be grateful it is I, and not Jasmine French, who is their mother.”

Supporting Actress nominee Julia Roberts took the stage to announce Best Picture and got big laughs. “This whole night has been like some strange Fellini movie I forgot was in my Netflix queue.” That evening, she’d been sitting with “August: Osage County” pals Meryl Streep, Juliette Lewis and, of course, Harvey Weinstein, visibly pleased that in spite of mixed reviews, the film nabbed two Oscar noms.

Oscar Supporting Actor hopeful Barkhad Abdi, new in town for “Captain Phillips,” looked overwhelmed as pushy publicists ping-ponged him from one camera crew to the next. Whether it was Aisha Tyler’s off-color remarks or the many shut-outs for “12 Years a Slave” is anybody’s guess, but Steve McQueen was not loving the evening, looking tense and uncomfortable. Never an awards circuit charmer, McQueen lost yet again to “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron. But he was thrilled to accept the Best Picture win.

But no one seemed happier that night than “Before Midnight” trio Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, beaming as they accepted the BFCA’s Louis XIII Genius Award. “We’re just glad people came out for a romantic comedy that isn’t geared toward teenagers and the hopelessly naive,” Hawke remarked as Delpy pushed the pair out of the way to announce, “I am the most romantic of the three of us, and the closest to genius.” The three are up for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

So what did we learn from this mixed-bag of an evening? Well, since the Broadcast Film Critics make up the largest critics group in the country, with over 250 members, it’s the closest to a consensus vote we’ve had this awards season. At least among critics. The awards confirmed that “American Hustle,” “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” are the films to beat, and they will go toe-to-toe at the Oscars on March 2nd, likely splitting across the main categories.

2014 Critics’ Choice Awards Winners

Picture: “12 Years a Slave”

Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Supporting actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

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

Young Actor/Actress: Adele Exarchopoulos, “Blue Is the Warmest Color”

Acting Ensemble: “American Hustle”

Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Original screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her”

Adapted screenplay: John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Gravity”

Art direction: Catherine Martin (production designer), Beverley Dunn (set decorator), “The Great Gatsby”

Editing: Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger, “Gravity”

Costume design: Catherine Martin, “The Great Gatsby”

Hair and makeup: “American Hustle”

Visual effects: “Gravity”

Animated feature: “Frozen”

Action movie: “Lone Survivor”

Actor in an action movie: Mark Wahlberg, “Lone Survivor”

Actress in an action movie: Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Comedy: “American Hustle”

Actor in a comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Actress in a comedy: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Sci-fi/horror movie: “Gravity”

Foreign language film: “Blue Is the Warmest Color”

Documentary feature: “20 Feet from Stardom”

Song: “Let It Go” Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Frozen”

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david t. krall

you are so right about this emcee…she tried to be so so funny…but she kept falling flat…
rude, sullen. somewhat pretentious and ill-mannered…poor interand intra-personal skills
and way tooooo full of herself ! NO CLASS…NO MANNERS…NO BRAINS…
just look at and watch her during the last few seconds of the show…how rude !!!
Whoopie, Ellen, Oprah… where are you???

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Really? Leo on the thumbnail pic for this article? He won a minor category that does not even have an Oscar counterpart and not to mention his film's sole win. This + the barrage of articles about "Wall Street", Scorsese and the cast the past few weeks make me think this website is paid to promote this overrated movie. Pathetic.


We learned that American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity are the ones to beat? Really? No s*, Sherlock. And how American Hustle still the one to beat after it was virtually shut out in the major categories (only winning in categories that either don't exist at the Oscars or the one it wasn't nominated for). At the same time, you downplay 12 Years' success by saying that it was shut out on many of its awards. It won the coveted prize in Best Picture. It's just sloppy reporting.


Scandal: Emma Thompson is not in nomination Oscar.


Finally a well deserved win for Lupita Nyong'o


The host was the absolute worst! She wasn't funny. Her comments were tasteless, gross, and an embarrassment!


The critics are saying the host nailed it. OMG you are critics, she was aweful, so not funny and the stars looked uncomfortable. I turned it off after 15 mins..


best make up! American hustle? BETTER THAN THE HOBBIT??? ARE YOU FRIGGEN BLIND!

what's with all the love for American hustle! seriously, even enders game make for for ben kingsly was better than jennifer lawerances make up.. come on.. this is just getting silly now..
we are not giving awards to the best people, we are giving awards to the same people at every event! look at the nominees! they are the same at every award show.. it's a joke!
gravity and american hustle were nothing more than films which came out. NOTHING SPECIAL at all!!! it's just the stars and studios attached to them which is bringing buzz, so these stupid award shows can bring big names to come and get their awards or sit in the audience. ALL EGO driven and marketing..

seriously.. look back at 2013.. there were some amazing films, great work done on them.. and no recognition at all!
what a joke.. American hustle gets every nomination LOL ojhhh please..
the film was not that great! at all..

is christian Bale even appearing at these award shows.. because I know how much he hates award shows and the whole business behind them.. I will be surprised if he appears at the oscars..


the host was chosen because like the globes with that brit. RICKY grevios or what ever his name is, for some reason, being rude, and embarrassing people, and being a jerk, is what is expected of hosts these days, I think this is where humor is now.

expect to see more of this kind of hosting.. I am sure ELLEN wont go that far tho..

Ceci Boloca

Every time Aisha Tyler opened her mouth I cringed. What an absolutely classless act. One got the sense everyone felt uncomfortable with her smugness and tasteless jokes.

I didn't think it could worse: it did. Your emcee was disgusting to the bitter end.
The only takeaway from the show for me was: shame on you Hollywood, you owe the country, and indeed the world, an apology. I strongly urge the ratings folks to start rating future awards shows.
I sincerely hope this evening's award show does not reflect what Hollywood has in store for future awards shows.


I agree the host was terrible! I felt so awkard just watching it. I didn't like this award show. Jlaw totallu got snubbed what were they thinking!? She got the Globe she deserves every award that she is nominated for.. can't wait to see her win the Oscar again!!


I respectfully nominate your emcee for the most foul mouth of all awards show emcees. She took what seemed to be a great family show and turned it into a cesspool. Please don't judge all Brits by this sweetheart!


Aisha is awful so not funny , ruining the show.


Thank God it's over. Terrible award show, with the worst host ever. How many times did she talk about celebrities urinating? Ugh!!! No class at all!! If this is the standard that critics want at their show, they really need to rethink the concept.

Suzy Hall

Awful host! I had to move to The Taste – I don't like The Taste but better than having to listen to that awful host for one more minute.


i am glad sandra bullock got an award for best actress in an action movie. i just love all her movies.


Wow, ''12 years a Slave'' wins again, FREEDOM!


Maybe the actors would feel a little less awkward with a better host… She has a flat affect and whoever wrote her lines is tasteless and crude. Disappointing… :-/


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Worst Host Ever , disgraceful , embarrassing….. she ruined the night


I noticed to too that the supporting actress in Years of Slave forgot to mention Oprah, all i can think is she was very nervous & once she got off probably felt bad… there are actors that are still thanking actors whom they forgot to thank in the previous awards show and did it in this show. Maybe if she wins in the Grammys she'll have a chance to do so. I was really happy for her.


I noticed to too that the supporting actress in Years of Slave forgot to mention Oprah, all i can think is she was very nervous & once she got off probably felt bad… there are actors that are still thanking actors whom they forgot to thank in the previous awards show and did it in this show. Maybe if she wins in the Grammys she'll have a chance to do so. I was really happy for her.


Didn't they steal alright, alright, alright from Kevin Hart? I'm sure C'mon Matthew and Chastain! Enough already!


Miss Lupita winner from ''12 years a Slave'' must have been very nervous to have mention OPRAH.


Thank God the sound went out for a moment so we didn't have to listen to the host.


Correction, honoring some actors and actresses with substance!


I don't think anyone wants to be there. The host is terrible. The production is terrible.


Although the host is beautiful her jokes are little tired.
Where's all the glitz, glamour energy.


I'm still trying to wrap my fingers around that actress forgetting Oprah! Although I'm glad they are hindering some actors with substance!


Really the best supporting actress from 12 years of slave! You forgot Oprah, not happy about that! This award show is terrible.


How do you leave out Oprah when you are giving a speech. Especially if you are running against her for supporting actress. The Nygon actress really!!! Disappointed and Dissatisfied! Turning this off! The critics suck!


I would quickly like to share something with the rest of you. The peoples awards. The critics awares. The academy awards. The dickhaed awards. The mooby awards. Another awards. So many god dammn awards shows and I don't care abotu any of the them anymore. We don't need more awards shows than they are movies to give awards for. This is retarded. Period.


Who is that awful host. She needs to be replaced. Bad bad bad!!

K Gordon

I am watching this award show and it is terribly disappointing. The hostess was not a good choice – whoever wrote her lines need to find another job. Very poor taste in writing.


Aisha is awful!!!!!!! Who decided on her?????

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