12th Annual San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards

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The San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFC) announced their awards on December 13th, 2013 with giving away the Best Picture award to 12 Years a Slave, directed and co-produced by Steve McQueen whereas Best Director award went to Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity. The most disappointing thing about SFFCS awards this season is James Franco winning the Best Supporting Actor award. I have no idea why is he receiving the award for that joke of a performance. Also, when there’s Jared Leto as a nominee.

Last year, only 3 SFFC winners won the Oscars, i.e. Best Foreign Film for Amour, Best Film Editing for William Goldenberg and Best Cinematography for Claudio Miranda. That only means SFFCS are not that reliable when it comes to Oscar wins. Let’s see how it goes this time.

Best Picture:

  • AMERICAN HUSTLE
  • GRAVITY
  • NEBRASKA
  • WINNER – 12 YEARS A SLAVE
  • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Director:

  • WINNER – Alfonso Cuaron, GRAVITY
  • Spike Jonze, HER
  • Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
  • David O. Russell, AMERICAN HUSTLE
  • Martin Scorsese, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Actor:

  • Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
  • WINNER – Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
  • Matthew McConaughey, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
  • Robert Redford, ALL IS LOST

Best Actress:

  • WINNER – Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE
  • Sandra Bullock, GRAVITY
  • Judi Dench, PHILOMENA
  • Adele Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
  • Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12
  • Meryl Streep, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Barkhad Abdi, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
  • Harrison Ford, 42
  • Will Forte, NEBRASKA
  • WINNER – James Franco, SPRING BREAKERS
  • Jared Leto, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Best Supporting Actress:

  • WINNER – Jennifer Lawrence, AMERICAN HUSTLE
  • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
  • Lea Seydoux, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
  • Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION
  • June Squibb, NEBRASKA

Best Screenplay, Original:

  • WINNER – AMERICAN HUSTLE, Eric Singer and David O. Russell
  • GRAVITY, Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron
  • HER, Spike Jonze
  • INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Joel and Ethan Coen
  • NEBRASKA, Bob Nelson

Best Screenplay, Adapted:

  • BEFORE MIDNIGHT, Richard Linklater; Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
  • PHILOMENA, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  • THE SPECTACULAR NOW, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
  • WINNER – 12 YEARS A SLAVE, John Ridley
  • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Terence Winter

Best Cinematography:

  • WINNER – GRAVITY, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • HER, Hoyte Van Hoytema
  • INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Bruno Delbonnel
  • NEBRASKA, Phedon Papamichael
  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Sean Bobbitt

Best Production Design:

  • AMERICAN HUSTLE, Judy Becker
  • WINNER – GRAVITY, Andy Nicholson
  • HER, K. K. Barrett
  • INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Jess Gonchor
  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Adam Stockhausen

Best Editing:

  • ALL IS LOST, Pete Beaudreau
  • AMERICAN HUSTLE, Alan Baumgarten; Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
  • CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Christopher Rouse
  • WINNER – GRAVITY, Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger
  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Joe Walker
  • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Thelma Schoonmaker

Best Animated Feature:

  • THE CROODS
  • DESPICABLE ME
  • WINNER – FROZEN
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
  • THE WIND RISES

Best Foreign Language Picture:

  • WINNER – BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
  • A HIJACKING
  • THE HUNT
  • THE PAST
  • WADJDA

Best Documentary:

  • WINNER – THE ACT OF KILLING
  • THE ARMSTRONG LIE
  • BLACKFISH
  • STORIES WE TELL
  • TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community: Ryan Coogler for putting a human face to murder victim Oscar Grant in FRUITVALE STATION and to former Roxie Theater executive director Christopher Statton for putting the Roxie onto more solid ground by transforming it into a nonprofit enterprise.

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema:
COMPUTER CHESS, Andrew Bujalski‘s comedy merges documentary techniques and old video technologies to make light of the ’80s race to build a winning computer-chess program.

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