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December 3, 2013 3:06 PM
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'American Hustle' Unexpectedly Leads New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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:

Best Film:
"American Hustle"

Best Director:
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Screenplay:
Eric Singer & David O. Russell, "American Hustle"

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Best Actor:
Robert Redford, "All Is Lost"

Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"

Best Supporting Actor:
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Cinematography:
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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24 Comments

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  • Juha Tapani | December 4, 2013 6:32 AMReply

    What a loads of bullshit. Where is "Gravity"...?

  • Paul | December 3, 2013 6:31 PMReply

    About time Redford gets an honor! It's been too long. He has either acted in or directed high quality films his whole career. I can't think of any true clunkers he has been in or made.

  • RALPH | December 3, 2013 10:51 PM

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  • SHEYLA | December 3, 2013 6:03 PMReply

    The worst nyfcc awards in history, shame on pathetic critics that reward overacted lawrence and leto (in another homophobic gay film always in the under world) and overrated american hustle over masterpieces before midnight and blue jasmine.

  • Niko | December 4, 2013 1:40 AM

    Yea what is your problem, jennfer lawfence is a great actress & person, & american hustle has nothing to do with homosexuality, so dont call it homophobic, u prick

  • Person | December 4, 2013 12:27 AM

    What is your problem?

  • Mike | December 3, 2013 4:41 PMReply

    I really hope Wolf of Wall St. with Leo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese make waves soon. I haven't seen it but Leo deserves to win an Oscar. I saw Robert Redford in All is Lost and if not for the fact that he is an Academy fave, and that this is his acting piece- I would love for Leo to win!!!

  • Jose | December 3, 2013 4:00 PMReply

    Many more are better than the Act of Killing, it is a dishonest film.

  • Alison | December 3, 2013 3:50 PMReply

    So glad STORIES WE TELL won over Act of Killing. I hope this trend continues

  • Dan | December 3, 2013 3:28 PMReply

    If these critics recent history for picks is an indicator, don't expect to see this lineup come acadamey time. Only one of their picks actually won an Oscar last year. So who will be the lucky one this go around? Safe bet is Blanchett. Personally I hope it is Jennifer or Jared.

  • Sami | December 3, 2013 3:17 PMReply

    American Hustle wins best picture? Can't say I expected that but I'm glad Jennifer Lawrence won, she is one hell of a talent

  • kw | December 3, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    Racist voters will never vote for 12 year s

  • Daniel | December 3, 2013 4:54 PM

    Yet Steve McQueen himself, won for best Director. And he's British-born of Grenada descent.
    More personal to give it to the man, than the film, I think.

  • Sami | December 3, 2013 3:18 PM

    Which is terrible because 12 Years a Slave is a fantastic movie

  • Tom | December 3, 2013 1:27 PMReply

    It's about time Jennifer Lawrence was recognized as an actress.

  • Roy_Munson | December 4, 2013 12:25 AM

    Mike -- I'm pretty sure Tom was being sarcastic

  • Mike | December 3, 2013 4:38 PM

    She has been recognized - - - last yeat as Oscar's Best Actress.

  • Louis | December 3, 2013 1:16 PMReply

    Fruitvale Station...best movie of the year. Amazing performances and direction. Let's go Michael B. Jordan!

  • David | December 3, 2013 3:17 PM

    Completely disagree. Fruitvale was a solid effort by a first time director, but hyped infinitely more for its themes of race and violence, the darling media issue of our age. Also helped itself with a release right around the time of the TM trial. The narrative surrounding the making of Fruitvale, more than the craft and narrative of the film itself, is what's given this film a disproportionate amount of publicity.

  • VCQ | December 3, 2013 1:08 PMReply

    Although, I like Leto and his performance but over Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor?!? Really?!?

  • FP | December 3, 2013 2:41 PM

    @MDL - it's besides the point that Fassbender's character (and the 'character' is an actual person as represented by Northup's accounts of him from his memory as his owner) is 'one note' if the character is a sociopath using religion as a basis for his detestable attitude about and towards his slaves. If anything, his character represents the prevailing attitude that slaves were beneath him because the Bibke told him so, yet he was obsessed with Lupita N'yongo's character, in open defiance of his marriage under God. What matters is that the performance is convincing of his character, which I and many think it is, and terrifyingly so. Nuanced characters already exist in the story (Cumberbatch, for one), not every person in a story is nuanced, and to say there were no pure villains during slavery is absurd.

  • MDL | December 3, 2013 2:22 PM

    Fassbender was pretty one note as the psychopathic slave owner. I wouldn't even nominate him.

  • Kira | December 3, 2013 12:55 PMReply

    Great for Leto! Outstanding performance.