The New York Film Critics Circle have announced the winners of their 2013 awards, with David O. Russell's "American Hustle" the big winner, taking prizes for best film, best screenplay and best supporting actress (Jennifer Lawrence). Many favored "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" or "Inside Llewyn Davis" for the Circle's big prize.
In the acting categories, Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Robert Redford ("All Is Lost") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") joined Lawrence as a quartet of folks all likely to end up in the Oscar race, while other major winners included Steve McQueen for best director (the sole win for "12 Years a Slave"), "Inside Llewyn Davis" for best cinematography (a small boost for the Gotham Awards-topping film) and "Stories We Tell," "Blue Is The Warmest Color" and "Fruitvale Station" for best non-fiction film, best foreign film and best first feature, respectively.
Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is the oldest such group in the country. The circle’s membership includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and online publications (including a new addition this year in Indiewire's own Eric Kohn). This year, they are first critics group to announce (a day before the National Board of Review do the same), the awards will subsequently be handed out during their annual ceremony in January.
Full list of winners:
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Eric Singer & David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Robert Redford, "All Is Lost"
Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Best Supporting Actor:
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Bruno Delbonnel, "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Best Non-fiction Film:
"Stories We Tell," directed by Sarah Polley
Best Foreign Language Film:
"Blue is the Warmest Color," directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
Best Animated Feature:
"The Wind Rises," directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Best First Feature:
"Fruitvale Station," directed by Ryan Coogler
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