“12 Years A Slave” Wins Big at 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards

Presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards took place yesterday evening in Santa Monica, California. As is becoming the norm this season, the statues were spread out amongst a series of films, with Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-nominated Gravity being the evening's biggest beneficiary, netting seven prizes.

Cuaron's space epic won awards for Best Director, Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, Score, Sci-fi/Horror Film and Actress in an Action Movie. And while Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave (an NYFF entry last year) may have only won three awards, they were in major categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o).

American Hustle, which scored nominations in all four acting categories at yesterday's Academy Awards announcement, took advantange of the plethora of categories the BFCA employs, winning four awards (Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy, Best Acting Ensemble and Best Hair and Makeup).

Dallas Buyer's Club followed up its Golden Globe wins this past Sunday with a repeat at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, winning Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey) and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto). Cate Blanchett, in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, also followed up her Golden Globe win with a Best Actress prize from the BFCA.

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards are known for their expansive and often eclectic categories (see two of Gravity's wins), shining a light on often-ignored genre films and unsung performers. Lone Survivor, the number one film in North America, was recognized as 2013's Best Action Movie, while Adele Exarchopoulos was awarded the prize for Best Young Actor/Actress for her performance in NYFF Main Slate selection Blue is the Warmest Color (winner of Best Foreign Language Film). Leonard DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Amy Adams (American Hustle) took home prizes for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Comedy, respectively.

BEST PICTURE
"12 Years a Slave"

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Spike Jonze, "Her"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave"

BEST ACTOR
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o, "12 Years a Slave"

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Adele Exarchopoulos, "Blue Is the Warmest Color"

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Mark Wahlberg, "Lone Survivor"

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
"American Hustle"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, "Gravity"

BEST ART DIRECTION
Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator), "The Great Gatsby"

BEST EDITING
Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger, "Gravity"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Catherine Martin, "The Great Gatsby"

BEST MAKEUP
"American Hustle"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"Gravity"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"Frozen"

BEST ACTION MOVIE
"Lone Survivor"

BEST COMEDY
"American Hustle"

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
"Gravity"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"20 Feet from Stardom"

BEST SONG
"Let It Go," Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, "Frozen"

BEST SCORE
Steven Price, "Gravity"

JOEL SIEGEL AWARDS
Forest Whitaker

LOUIS XIII GENUIS AWARD
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater for trilogy "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight"

HOLLYWOOD'S HOTTEST STAR
Benedict Cumberbatch

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