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‘American Hustle’ Unexpectedly Leads New York Film Critics Circle Awards

'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.

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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