In a fairly significant surprise, American Hustle was the big winner at this year’s New York Film Critics Circle awards. David O. Russell’s story of the infamous Abscam sting took home Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Screenplay (Russell and co-writer Eric Singer), Best Picture, and, in a very close race, Best Bradley Cooper Perm (Bradley Cooper). The film opens in limited release on December 13, and expands wider the following week.
That means that for the second day in a row, the early Oscar frontrunner, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, was largely left unhonored. The NYFCC did give McQueen its Best Director award, but the slavery drama was otherwise ignored (it got bupkis at last night’s Gotham Awards). Instead, the critics gave kudos to Robert Redford, Best Actor for All Is Lost, and Cate Blanchett, Best Actress for Blue Jasmine. The supporting actor prize went to Jared Leto for his turn as a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club.
The Best Animated Film went to Hayao Miyazaki’s final movie, The Wind Rises, while the Best Non-Fiction Film was awarded to Sarah Polley’s personal documentary Stories We Tell. (Frederick Wiseman, whose At Berkeley was another critical favorite in 2013, received the group’s annual “Special Award.”) The NYFCC agreed with the Gothams about Fruitvale Station, giving it the Best First Film award (must be a New York thing). The Best Foreign Film trophy went to the much-discussed French romance Blue Is The Warmest Color.
Last year, the New York Film Critics Circle gave the Best Picture prize to Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. Here’s the full list of this year’s winners, who’ll receive their awards at a ceremony in Manhattan on Monday, January 6.
The 2013 New York Film Critics Circle Awards winners
Best Picture: American Hustle
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Best Screenplay: Eric Singer and 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 Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises
Best Non-Fiction Film: Stories We Tell
Best Foreign Film: Blue Is The Warmest Color
Best First Film: Fruitvale Station
Special Award: Frederick Wiseman