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  • Ahsan Haseeb 9:50 am on January 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    71st Annual Golden Globe Awards 

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    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association® (HFPA) announced the winners for 71st Golden Globes Awards on January 12th, 2014 with many surprises and shocks in many categories. The ceremony was hosted by Tina Fey and  Amy Poehler once again.

    Nomination Snubs:

    • No Martin Scorsese in Best Director nomination.
    • PRISONERS didn’t get a single nomination. (no love for Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman’s powerful performances)
    • Best Screenplay race is kinda stupid. Meh.
    • Completely ignored films: Fruitvale Station, Short Term 12, Mud, the Butler, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty (when will they realize that Ben Stiller can do something good, too. This film is included on so many well known critics’ top ten lists).
    • ONLY 3 nominees in the Animated Feature category even though so many animated films were released this year.
    • No nomination for Claire Danes for her amazing performance in HOMELAND.
    • Not a single nomination for NBC’s serial killer, psychological horror drama HANNIBAL. (completely unfair!)
    • Where is MAD MEN?! Not even an acting nomination for Jon Hamm. Dammit!
    • Idris Elba?!?! This is a good kind of shock. I didn’t know he’d be nominated since he hasn’t won a single critic award for his role as Nelson Mandela yet.
    • Anna Gunn not getting nominated in Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in BREAKING BAD. Just like Jeff Daniels, who won an Emmy award for Best Actor earlier this year.
    • Lana Del Rey not getting nominated in the Best Original Song category. WHAT!
    • BOARDWALK EMPIRE completely left out and I’m not even going to talk about JUSTIFIED. I’m used to not seeing its name in awards now.
    • GIRLS shouldn’t have been nominated for Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical. Its second season did everything except making me laugh.
    • NO LOVE FOR GAME OF THRONES!!!

    Completely Shut Out:

    • Nebraska – It had FIVE nominations, including the Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.
    • Captain Phillips – FOUR nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Drama.
    • Inside Llewyn Davis – THREE nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.
    • Philomena – THREE nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Drama.
    • Rush – TWO nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Drama.

    12 Years a Slave was leading with SEVEN nominations and only ended up winning the Best Motion Picture, Drama. Best Director went to Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity. It’s highly likely that the similar scenario would be seen at the Oscars in March. The most surprising wins of the night were Andy Samberg winning Best Actor in a TV series, Comedy or Musical for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the show winning the Best TV series, Comedy or Musical. I personally think that the Big Bang Theory should’ve won this award. It’s been going so great this season. Modern Family has’t been that good this year, so I wouldn’t want it to win anything yet.

    Best Wins:

    • Alfonso Cuarón winning the Best Director for Gravity.
    • Matthew McConaughey winning the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for Dallas Buyers Club.
    • Leonardo DiCaprio winning the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for the Wolf of Wall Street.
    • Jared Leto winning the Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club.
    • Jennifer Lawrence winning the Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle.
    • Spike Jonze winning the Best Screenplay for Her.
    • The Great Beauty winning the Best Foreign Language Film.
    • Breaking Bad winning the Best Drama Series.
    • Bryan Cranston winning the Best Actor in a TV series, Drama.

    “Meh” Wins:

    • Alex Ebert winning the Best Original Score for All Is Lost.
    • Bono and the Edge winning the Best Original Song for Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (should’ve went to Frozen’s Let It Go)
    • Jacqueline Bisset winning the Best Supporting Role in a TV series, Mini-Series or a TV Movie.

    Sad That They Didn’t Win:

    • Gravity, for Best Motion Picture, Drama.
    • Her, for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.
    • Steven Price for Gravity or Hans Zimmer for 12 Years a Slave in Best Original Score category.
    • Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black or Kerry Washington for Scandal in Best Actress in a TV series, Drama category.
    • The Big Bang Theory, for Best TV series, Comedy or Musical.
    • Jim Parsons, for Best Actor in a TV series, Comedy or Musical.
    • Aaron Paul, for Best Supporting Actor in a TV series.

    …But that’s what makes these award ceremonies exciting; the snubs, the surprises, the shocks, the profanities, the awkward things, the winning moments and last but not the least, seeing your favorite stars win.

    Here is the complete list of winners along with nominations:

    Cecile B. DeMille Award: Woody Allen

    FILM

    BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA:

    • WINNER: 12 YEARS A SLAVE – Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Productions and River Road Entertainment; Fox Searchlight Pictures
    • CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
    • GRAVITY – Warner Bros. Pictures / Esperanto Filmoj / Heyday Films; Warner Bros. Pictures
    • PHILOMENA – Pathe, BBC Films, BFI, Canal+, Cine+, Baby Cow/Magnolia Mae; The Weinstein Company
    • RUSH – Universal Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Revolution Films; Universal Pictures

    BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

    • WINNER: AMERICAN HUSTLE – Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
    • HER – Warner Bros. Pictures / Annapurna Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
    • INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS – Mike Zoss Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Studio Canal; CBS Films
    • NEBRASKA – Paramount Vantage; Paramount Pictures
    • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures; Paramount Pictures

    BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE:

    • WINNER: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
    • Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
    • Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
    • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
    • David O. Russell, American Hustle

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA:

    • WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
    • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
    • Judi Dench, Philomena
    • Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks
    • Kate Winslet, Labor Day

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA:

    • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
    • Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
    • Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
    • WINNER: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
    • Robert Redford, All Is Lost

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

    • WINNER: Amy Adams, American Hustle
    • Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
    • Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
    • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

    • Christian Bale, American Hustle
    • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
    • WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street
    • Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
    • Joaquin Phoenix, Her

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE:

    • Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
    • WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
    • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
    • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
    • June Squibb, Nebraska

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE:

    • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
    • Daniel Brühl, Rush
    • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
    • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
    • WINNER: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

    BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE:

    • WINNER: Spike Jonze, Her
    • Bob Nelson, Nebraska
    • Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
    • John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
    • David O. Russell and Eric Singer, American Hustle

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

    • THE CROODS – DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox
    • DESPICABLE ME 2 – Universal Pictures, A Chris Meledandri Production; Universal Pictures
    • WINNER: FROZEN – Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures

    BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

    • BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (France) – Quat’sous Films; IFC Films
    • WINNER: THE GREAT BEAUTY (Italy) – Indigo Film, Medusa Film, BABE Films; Janus Films
    • THE HUNT (Denmark) – Zentropa Entertainment; Magnolia Pictures
    • THE PAST (Iran) – Memento Films Production, France 3 Cinema, BIM Distribuzione; Sony Pictures Classics
    • THE WIND RISES (Japan) – Studio Ghibli; Touchstone Pictures

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE:

    • WINNER: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
    • Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
    • John Williams, The Book Thief
    • Steven Price, Gravity
    • Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE:

    • Atlas, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire –  Music and lyrics by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion
    • Let It Go, Frozen – Music and lyrics by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez
    • WINNER: Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Music by: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., Brian Burton; Lyrics by: Bono
    • Please Mr Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis – Music and lyrics by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
    • Sweeter Than Fiction, One Chance – Music and lyrics by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff

    TELEVISION

    BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA:

    • WINNER: BREAKING BAD – AMC, Sony Pictures Television
    • DOWNTON ABBEY – PBS, Carnival Films
    • THE GOOD WIFE – CBS, CBS Television Studios in Association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions
    • HOUSE OF CARDS – Netflix, Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
    • MASTERS OF SEX – Showtime, Showtime, Sony Pictures Television, Round Two Productions, Timberman/Beverly Productions

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA:

    • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
    • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
    • Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black
    • Kerry Washington, Scandal
    • WINNER: Robin Wright, House Of Cards

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA:

    • WINNER: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
    • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
    • Michael Sheen, Masters Of Sex
    • Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
    • James Spader, The Blacklist

    BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

    • THE BIG BANG THEORY – CBS, Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
    • WINNER: BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – Fox, Universal Television
    • GIRLS – HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions
    • MODERN FAMILY – ABC, Twentieth Century Fox Television
    • PARKS & RECREATION – NBC, Universal Television

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

    • Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
    • Lena Dunham, Girls
    • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
    • WINNER: Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

    • Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
    • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
    • Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
    • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
    • WINNER: Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

    • AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN – FX Networks, Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
    • WINNER: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA – HBO, HBO Films in association with Jerry Weintraub Productions
    • DANCING ON THE EDGE – Starz, Starz Entertainment
    • TOP OF THE LAKE – Sundance Channel, See-Saw Films
    • THE WHITE QUEEN – Starz, Starz Entertainment

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

    • Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor
    • Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen
    • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
    • Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
    • WINNER: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

    • Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
    • WINNER: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
    • Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
    • Idris Elba, Luther
    • Al Pacino, Phil Spector

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

    • WINNER: Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
    • Janet McTeer, The White Queen
    • Hayden Panettiere , Nashville
    • Monica Potter, Parenthood
    • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

    • Josh Charles, The Good Wife
    • Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
    • Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
    • Corey Stoll, House of Cards
    • WINNER: Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
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  • Ahsan Haseeb 8:49 pm on December 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    5th Annual Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards 

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    The Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA) announced their 5th annual awards on December 19th, 2013 with giving away the Best Film award to 12 Years a Slavedirected and co-produced by Steve McQueen who also won the Best Director award. Her was the runner-up in both of the categories aforementioned. It’s great to see Her getting much love from the critics.

    I’ve got no problem with the winners and IFJA’s choices this year except including Spring Breakers in the final list of top films and GRAVITY IS NOT EVEN IN THE LIST!!! Also, not making Jared Leto even a runner-up in Best Supporting Actor category. I have no idea what’s wrong with IFJA. But… it’s nice to see Frances Ha finally making it to some of the best film lists.

    Last year, 3 IFJA winners won the Oscars, i.e. Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway and Best Documentary for Searching for Sugar Man. Additionally, 5 of the runner-ups won the Oscars in the end. That means IFJA’s really close to predicting the real winners. Let’s see how it goes at the Oscars this year.

    Here is the complete list of winners along with runner-ups:

    BEST FILM:

    • Winner: 12 YEARS A SLAVE
    • Runner-Up: HER

    Other Finalists (listed alphabetically):

    • ALL IS LOST
    • BEFORE MIDNIGHT
    • CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
    • FRANCES HA
    • MUD
    • PRISONERS
    • SPRING BREAKERS
    • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

    • Winner: FROZEN
    • Runner-up: THE WIND RISES

    BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

    • Winner: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR
    • Runner-Up: THE GRANDMASTER

    BEST DOCUMENTARY:

    • Winner: THE ACT OF KILLING
    • Runner-Up: STORIES WE TELL

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

    • Winner: Spike Jonze – HER
    • Runner-Up: Peter Morgan – RUSH

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

    • Winner: Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy – BEFORE MIDNIGHT
    • Runner-Up: John Ridley – 12 YEARS A SLAVE

    BEST DIRECTOR:

    • Winner: Steve McQueen – 12 YEARS A SLAVE
    • Runner-Up: Spike Jonze – HER

    BEST ACTRESS:

    • Winner: Adele Exarchopoulos – BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR
    • Runner-Up: Brie Larson – SHORT TERM 12

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

    • Winner: Jennifer Lawrence – AMERICAN HUSTLE
    • Runner-Up: June Squibb – NEBRASKA

    BEST ACTOR:

    • Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 YEARS A SLAVE
    • Runner-Up: Matthew McConaughey – DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

    • Winner: Barkhad Abdi – CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
    • Runner-Up: Jeremy Renner – AMERICAN HUSTLE

    BEST MUSICAL SCORE:

    • Winner: Hans Zimmer – 12 YEARS A SLAVE
    • Runner-Up: Hans Zimmer – RUSH

    ORIGINAL VISION AWARD: 

    • Winner: HER
    • Runner-Up: GRAVITY

    THE HOOSIER AWARD: MEDORA – Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, directors

     
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    22nd Annual Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards 

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    The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) announced their 22nd annual awards on December 16th, 2013 with giving away the Best Film award to 12 Years a Slavedirected and co-produced by Steve McQueen who also won the Best Director award. All the winners are somewhat reasonable and there aren’t any shocks or surprises.

    Last year, 6 SEFCA winners won the Oscars, i.e. Best Film for Argo, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway, Best Adapted Screenplay for Chris Terrio and Best Cinematography for Claudio Miranda. History might repeat itself this time again because last year, Zero Dark Thirty was the favorite in the beginning and later it was Argo, but this year mostly 12 Years a Slave is the favorite so far.

    Here is the complete list of winners along with runners-up:

    Top 10 Films:

    1. 12 Years a Slave
    2. Gravity
    3. American Hustle
    4. Her
    5. Inside Llewyn Davis
    6. Nebraska
    7. Dallas Buyers Club
    8. Philomena
    9. Captain Phillips
    10. The Wolf of Wall Street

    Best Actor:

    • Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
    • Runner-up: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

    Best Actress

    • Winner: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
    • Runner-up: Judi Dench, Philomena

    Best Supporting Actor:

    • Winner: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
    • Runner-up: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

    Best Supporting Actress:

    • Winner: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
    • Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

    Best Ensemble:

    • Winner: American Hustle
    • Runner-up: 12 Years a Slave

    Best Director:

    • Winner: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
    • Runner-up: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

    Best Original Screenplay:

    • Winner: David O. Russell and Eric Singer, American Hustle
    • Runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her

    Best Adapted Screenplay:

    • Winner: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
    • Runner-up: Jeff Pope & Steve Coogan, Philomena

    Best Documentary:

    • Winner: The Act of Killing
    • Runners-up: Blackfish and Muscle Shoals

    Best Foreign Language Film:

    • Winner: The Hunt
    • Runner-up: Blue is the Warmest Color

    Best Animated Film:

    • Winner: Frozen
    • Runner-up: The Wind Rises

    Best Cinematography:

    • Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
    • Runner-up: Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave

    The Gene Wyatt Award for the Film that Best Evokes the Spirit of the South:

    • Winner: Jeff Nichols, Mud
    • Runner-up: Greg “Freddy” Cammalier, Muscle Shoals
     
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    10th Annual St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards 

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    The St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association announced their 10th annual awards on December 16th, 2013 with giving away the Best Film award to 12 Years a Slavedirected and co-produced by Steve McQueen who also won the Best Director award. 12 years a Slave was the biggest winner winning 7 awards in total and it’s not surprising at all. Other winners are completely reasonable as well and most of them would probably winning the Oscar as well.

    Last year, only 5 St. Louis winners won the Oscars, i.e. Best Film for Argo, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz, Best Documentary for Searching for Sugar Man and Best Visual Effects for Life of Pi. Let’s see if the same happens this year or not.

    Here is the complete list of winners along with runners-up and nominations.

    Best Film:

    • Winner: 12 Years a Slave
    • Runner-up: American Hustle
    • Gravity
    • Her
    • Nebraska

    Best Director:

    • Runner-up: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
    • Spike Jonze (Her)
    • Winner: Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
    • Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
    • David O. Russell (American Hustle)

    Best Actor:

    • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
    • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
    • Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
    • Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)
    • Runner-up: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

    Best Actress:

    • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
    • Winner: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
    • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
    • Judi Dench (Philomena)
    • Runner-up: Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
    • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

    Best Supporting Actor:

    • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
    • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
    • Harrison Ford (42)
    • Runner-up: Will Forte (Nebraska)
    • Winner: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

    Best Supporting Actress:

    • Scarlett Johansson (Her)
    • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
    • Winner: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
    • Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)
    • Runner-up: June Squibb (Nebraska)

    Best Original Screenplay:

    • Runner-up: American Hustle
    • Enough Said
    • Winner: Her
    • Nebraska
    • Saving Mr. Banks

    Best Adapted Screenplay:

    • Winner: 12 Years a Slave
    • Before Midnight
    • Captain Phillips
    • Runner-up: Philomena
    • Short Term 12
    • The Spectacular Now

    Best Cinematography:

    • Winner (tie): 12 Years a Slave
    • The Grandmaster
    • The Great Gatsby
    • Winner (tie): Gravity
    • Inside Llewyn Davis
    • Nebraska

    Best Visual Special Effects:

    • Winner: Gravity
    • Runner-up: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    • Iron Man 3
    • Pacific Rim
    • Star Trek Into Darkness
    • Thor: The Dark World

    Best Musical Score:

    • 12 Years a Slave
    • Runner-up: Gravity
    • Winner: Her
    • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    • Runner-up: Nebraska
    • Saving Mr. Banks

    Best Soundtrack:

    • American Hustle
    • Despicable Me 2
    • Runner-up: Frozen
    • The Great Gatsby
    • Winner: Inside Llewyn Davis
    • Muscle Shoals

    Best Art Direction:

    • 12 Years A Slave
    • The Grandmaster
    • Winner: The Great Gatsby
    • Runner-up: Her
    • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Best Documentary:

    • 20 Feet from Stardom
    • Runner-up: The Act of Killing
    • Winner: Blackfish
    • Muscle Shoals
    • Runner-up: Stories We Tell

    Best Non-English Language Film:

    • Winner: Blue Is the Warmest Colour
    • A Hijacking
    • The Hunt
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    • Runner-up: Wadjda

    Best Comedy:

    • Winner (tie): Enough Said
    • The Heat
    • Nebraska
    • The Way Way Back
    • Winner (tie): The World’s End

    Best Animated Feature:

    • The Croods
    • Despicable Me 2
    • Winner: Frozen
    • Monsters University
    • Runner-up: The Wind Rises

    Best Art-House or Festival Film (for artistic excellence in independent, international or smaller-budget films that played at film festivals, film series or had a limited-release run in St. Louis, playing one to three cinemas):

    • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
    • Before Midnight
    • Runner-up: Blue Is the Warmest Colour
    • Runner-up: Frances Ha
    • In a World…
    • Winner: Short Term 12

    Best Scene (a favorite movie scene or sequence):

    • Winner: 12 Years a Slave – The hanging scene
    • Captain Phillips – The scene near the end of the film where Tom Hanks is being checked out by military medical personnel and he breaks down.
    • Runner-up: Gravity – he opening tracking shot.
    • Her – Off-screen OS sex scene
    • The Place Beyond the Pines – The opening scene where Ryan Gosling is walking through the carnival.
     
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    12th Annual Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards 

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    The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their awards on December 9th, 2013 with giving away the Best Film award to Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a SlaveBest Director award went to Alfonso Cuarón for his exceptional work in Gravity. It is now clear that Gravity and 12 Years a Slave have dominated the critics circle and the effect will last longer than anyone could anticipate. It should also be noted that critics are loving Spike Jonze‘s Her (can’t wait to watch the movie) since it’s been winning screenplay, direction and film awards at various circles. One thing that surprised me the most is the bold decision of choosing the Broken Circle Breakdown as the Best Foreign Language Film.

    Last year only 4 WAFCA winners won the Oscars, i.e. Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress, Amour for Best Foreign Language Film and Claudio Miranda for Best Cinematography. Let’s see what happens this year!

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    Best Film: 12 Years a Slave

    Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

    Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

    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 Acting Ensemble: 12 Years a Slave

    Best Youth Performance: Tye Sheridan (Mud)

    Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)

    Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze (Her)

    Best Animated Feature: Frozen

    Best Documentary: Blackfish

    Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown

    Best Art Direction: Production Designer: Catherine Martin, Set Decorator: Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby)

    Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, A.M.C. (Gravity)

    Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger (Gravity)

    Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave)

    The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC: Lee Daniels’ The Butler

     
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    14th Annual American Film Institute Awards 

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    The American Film Institute (AFI) announced on December 9th, 2013, the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2013 – 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding television programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.

    Although the list is too mainstream, there are a few films about which I feel like they shouldn’t have been there. The biggest snubs are Rush, Prisoners, Frances Ha, Upstream Color, Mud and all the Oscar shortlisted documentaries. All of them are amazing movies and any one of them could have easily replaced Saving Mr. Banks (I haven’t seen the movie yet but I don’t think I’m going to like it that much either)

    Talking about the TV programs, then I don’t know what were they smoking when they included Veep, the Americans and the Good Wife on the list. They’re good shows, no doubts, but American Horror Story: Coven? Hannibal? On the other hand, thank God, they didn’t include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the list.

    Here is the full list of top films and TV programs of the year:

    MOVIES OF THE YEAR

    • 12 YEARS A SLAVE
    • AMERICAN HUSTLE
    • CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
    • FRUITVALE STATION
    • GRAVITY
    • HER
    • INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
    • NEBRASKA
    • SAVING MR. BANKS
    • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

    TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

    • THE AMERICANS
    • BREAKING BAD
    • GAME OF THRONES
    • THE GOOD WIFE
    • HOUSE OF CARDS
    • MAD MEN
    • MASTERS OF SEX
    • ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
    • SCANDAL
    • VEEP
     
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    39th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 

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    The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) announced their awards on December 8th, 2013 with giving away the Best Picture award to Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity and Spike Jonze‘s Her. (Yes, it’s a tie and it’s really nice of the critics to choose these films) Best Director award went to Cuarón for his exceptional work in Gravity. This should be noted that this is Gravity‘s FIRST Best Picture critic award and hopefully not the last one.

    LA Film Critics have made some amazing choices this year except for James Franco‘s win in Best Supporting Actor. I didn’t like his acting in Spring Breakers at all and I don’t understand why he thinks he can win an Oscar for that joke of a performance.

    Last year, only 2 LAFCA winners won at the Oscars, i.e. Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress and Chris Terrio for Best Screenplay. Whereas, 4 runner-ups won the Oscar, i.e. Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor, Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress, William Goldenberg for Best Editing and Searching for Sugar Man for Best Documentary. Let’s see what future has in store for us this year!

    Here is the complete list of winners along with runner-ups:

    Best Picture (tie):

    • Gravity
    • Her

    Best Director:

    • Winner: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
    • Runner-up: Spike Jonze (Her)

    Best Actor:

    • Winner: Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
    • Runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

    Best Actress (tie):

    • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
    • Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color)

    Best Supporting Actor (tie):

    • James Franco (Spring Breakers)
    • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

    Best Supporting Actress:

    • Winner: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
    • Runner-up: June Squibb (Nebraska)

    Best Screenplay:

    • Winner: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)
    • Runner-up: Spike Jonze (Her)

    Best Animated Feature:

    • Winner: Ernest & Celestine
    • Runner-up: The Wind Rises

    Best Documentary:

    • Winner: Stories We Tell
    • Runner-up: The Act of Killing

    Best Foreign Language Film:

    • Winner: Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
    • Runner-up: The Great Beauty (Italy)

    Best Music Score:

    • Winner: T Bone Burnett (Inside Llewyn Davis)
    • Runner-up: Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett (Her)

    Best Cinematography:

    • Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
    • Runner-up: Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)

    Best Editing:

    • Winner: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (Gravity)
    • Runner-up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery (Upstream Color)

    Best Production Design:

    • Winner: K.K. Barrett (Her)
    • Runner-up: Jess Gonchor (Inside Llewyn Davis)

    New Generation Award: Megan Ellison

    Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: Charlotte Pryce – Cabinets Of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce

     
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    16th Annual British Independent Film Awards 

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    The 16th Annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were held on December 8th, 2013 with giving away the Best Film award to Metro Manila, co-written, co-produced and directed by Sean Ellis who also won the Best Director award.

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM: Metro Manila

    BEST DIRECTOR: Sean Ellis – Metro Manila

    BEST ACTRESS: Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-End

    THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]: Paul Wright – For Those In Peril

    BEST SCREENPLAY: Steven Knight – Locke

    BEST ACTOR James McAvoy – Filth

    BEST DOCUMENTARY Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

    BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION Metro Manila

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love

    BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT: Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant

    SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: Sixteen Films & Friends (aka Team Loach)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up

    BEST BRITISH SHORT: Z1

    MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER: Chloe Pirrie – Shell

    THE RAINDANCE AWARD: The Machine

    BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM: Blue Is the Warmest Color

    VARIETY AWARD: Paul Greengrass

    RICHARD HARRIS AWARD: Julie Walters

     
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    13th Annual New York Film Critics Online Awards 

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    The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) announced their awards on December, 8th, 2013 with giving away the Best Picture award to 12 Years a Slavedirected and co-produced by Steve McQueenI think it’s now safe to say that 12 Years a Slave is this year’s Zero Dark Thirty because it also got almost the same appreciation from critics at the beginning of the awards season last year. But still, it’s impossible to say which film is going to win big at the end of the day. Alfonso Cuarón won the Best Director award for his brilliant piece of filmmaking Gravity. (FINALLY!) Cuarón also won the Best Director award at Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

    Last year, only 4 NYFCO winners won at the Oscars, i.e. Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway, Best Cinematography for Claudio Miranda and Best Foreign Language Film for Amour. Hoping for the best this year!

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

    Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

    Best Debut Director: Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station)

    Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

    Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)

    Best Ensemble: American Hustle

    Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)

    Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

    Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

    Best Animated Feature: The Wind Rises

    Best Use Of Music: Inside Llewyn Davis

    Best Screenplay: Spike Jonze (Her)

    Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

    Best Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color)

     
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