’12 Years a Slave’ is top choice at Critics’ Choice Awards

12 Years a Slave” was the top choice at the Critics’ Choice Awards, winning three of its 13 bids: Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and Adapted Screenplay. This comes after winning Best Drama Picture at the Golden Globes and earning nine Oscar nominations.

For the complete list of winners, click here.

Gravity” was also a multiple winner, claiming seven awards out of 10 nominations, including five in the main categories: Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Cinematography, Editing, Score and Visual Effects. It also won Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film and Sandra Bullock made merry (albeit while dropping the F-bomb) when accepting her prize for Best Actress in an Action Movie.

Despite 13 nominations, “American Hustle” was shut out in the major categories, but won Best Acting Ensemble and Makeup & Hair as well as Best Comedy Film and Best Actress in a Comedy (Amy Adams).

Her” overtook “American Hustle” to win Best Original Screenplay. It also won for its script at the Golden Globes.

Dallas Buyers Club” won both of its acting bids: Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey) and Supporting Actor (Jared Leto), while “Blue Jasmine” star Cate Blanchett took Best Actress.

Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor in a Comedy for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Blue is the Warmest Color” won Best Foreign Language Film, beating “The Great Beauty,” which recently won the Globe and was nominated at the Oscars. “Blue” also won Best Young Actor/Actress for star Adele Exarchopoulos.

Frozen” won Best Animated Film and Best Song (“Let It Go“), while “20 Feet from Stardom” won Best Documentary.

The Great Gatsby” was a two-time winner in below-the-line categories, taking Costume Design and Art Direction.

The Critics’ Choice Awards, handed out by the 250 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., are one of the best barometers for predicting the Oscars. Over their 18-year history, these awards have proven to be one of the most accurate precursor prizes to the Oscars predicting 12 Best Picture, 12 Best Actor, 10 Best Actress, 11 Supporting Actress, and nine Supporting Actor winners.

Last year, they presaged the Best Picture win for “Argo” but went only two for four last year in the acting categories (Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln“; Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables“). Their Best Actress pick was Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty“) over eventual Oscar champ Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook“) while their choice for Supporting Actor was Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master“) with eventual Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained“) not even nominated.

Will the Critics’ Choice winners influence the Oscars this year? Make your predictions below:

2 thoughts on “’12 Years a Slave’ is top choice at Critics’ Choice Awards

  1. “12 Years A Slave” has being the film critics favorite film since it appeared for whatever reason, um, ok, they say its great but I just think it is good, , so its no surprise. “American Hustle” got the best ensemble prize so that is almost like getting a best picture prize. Go “Hustle”.

  2. 12 Years a Slave is this year’s Social Network. Critics Choice might have a lot of carry over, but it is far from a perfect system. I will wait for the guild awards to see where the momentum seems to be. But personally I believe Gravity will win best picture. Its the best movie of the year without a doubt. PGA I believe will go that way and start the push to the Oscars.

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