Film Critics Pick “Llewyn Davis”

The latest film from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, was the big winner on Saturday as the National Society of Film Critics met to honor the best movies of the year.

The group gathered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on Saturday and voted Llewyn Davis the best picture of the year. Filmmakers Ethan Coen and Joel Coen were named best directors, while the film's lead actor, Oscar Isaac, was voted best actor. The film also won the award for best cinematography (Bruno Delbonnel) and was a runner-up in the voting for best screenplay.

Runners-up for the best picture prize were David O. Russell's American Hustle and Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.

Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color was voted the best foreign language film of the year, while Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing and Frederick Wiseman's At Berkeley shared the award for best non-fiction film. Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel's Leviathan was the runner-up in the documentary category and won the award for best experimental film.

Saturday's gathering of film critics, members of the 56 person national group, marked the organization's 48th annual awards voting. The group will send award scrolls to Saturday's winners.

The complete list of winners and runners-up is below:

BEST PICTURE
1. Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
2. American Hustle, directed by David O. Russell
3. 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen
3. Her, direced by Spike Jonze

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis
2. Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
3. Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
1. Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
2. A Touch of Sin, directed by Jia Zhangke
3. The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino

BEST NON-FICTION FILM
1. The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
1. At Berkeley, directed by Frederick Wiseman
3. Leviathan, directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel

BEST SCREENPLAY
1. Before Midnight, written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
2. Inside Llewyn Davis, written by Joel and Ethan Coen
3. American Hustle (Eric Singer and David O. Russell

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. Inside Llewyn Davis: Bruno Delbonnel
2. Gravity: Emmanuel Lubezki
3. Nebraska: Phedon Papamichael

BEST ACTOR
1. Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
2. Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
3. Robert Redford, All Is Lost

BEST ACTRESS
1. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
2. Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
3. Julie Delpy, Before Midnight

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. James Franco, Spring Breakers
2. Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
3. Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
2. Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
3. Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
3. Léa Seydoux, Blue Is the Warmest Color

EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Leviathan, directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel

FILM HERITAGE AWARD
- To the Museum of Modern Art, for its wide-ranging retrospective of the films of Allan Dwan
- “Too Much Johnson”: the surviving reels from Orson Welles’s first professional film. Discovered by Cinemazero (Pordenone) and Cineteca del Friuli; funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation; and restored by the George Eastman House.
- British Film Institute for restorations of Alfred Hitchcock’s nine silent features.
- To the DVD “American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive.”

BEST FILM STILL AWAITING AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION
- Stray Dogs, directed by Tsai Ming-liang
- Hide Your Smiling Faces, directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone

DEDICATION: The meeting was dedicated to the memory of two distinguished members of the Society who died in 2013: Roger Ebert and Stanley Kauffmann.

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