‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ sweeps National Society of Film Critics Awards

“Inside Llewyn Davis” swept up four award from the National Society of Film Critics: Best Picture, Director, Actor and Cinematography. Below are the point scores resulting from the voting:

BEST PICTURE
1. “Inside Llewyn Davis” – 23
2.  “American Hustle” – 17
3. “12 Years a Slave” – 16
3. “Her” – 16

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Joel and Ethan Coen (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) – 25
2.  Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”) – 18
3.  Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) – 15

BEST ACTOR
1.  Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) – 28
2.  Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) – 19
3.  Robert Redford (“All Is Lost”) – 12

BEST ACTRESS
1. Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) – 57
2.  Adèle Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”) – 36
3. Julie Delpy (“Before Midnight”) – 26

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. James Franco (“Spring Breakers”) – 24
2. Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) – 20
3. Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) – 14

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”) – 54
2. Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) – 38
3.  Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”) – 18
3.  Léa Seydoux (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”) – 18

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
1. “Blue Is the Warmest Color” – 27
2.  “A Touch of Sin” – 21
3.  “The Great Beauty” – 15

BEST NON-FICTION FILM
(Tie)
1. “The Act of Killing” (Joshua Oppenheimer) – 20
1. “At Berkeley” (Frederick Wiseman) – 20
3. “Leviathan” (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel) – 18

BEST SCREENPLAY
1. “Before Midnight” (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke) – 29
2.  “Inside Llewyn Davis” (Joel and Ethan Coen) – 26
3.  “American Hustle” (Eric Singer and David O. Russell) – 18

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. “Inside Llewyn Davis” (Bruno Delbonnel) -28
2.”Gravity” (Emmanuel Lubezki) –  26
3. “Nebraska” (Phedon Papamichael) – 19

EXPERIMENTAL FILM

Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel), a nonfiction film about

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” (Tsai Ming-liang)
“Hide Your Smiling Faces” (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.

13 thoughts on “‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ sweeps National Society of Film Critics Awards

  1. Wow. Could this mean Inside Llewyn Davis getting more recognition at the Oscars? Also, I was surprised by James Franco. Surprising.

  2. I like their choices. Always unorthodox and authentic. But yeah, it probably means little as far as Oscars goes. I mean, ILD didn’t even make it to PGA top 10.

  3. James Franco, really? That’s the problem with Critics Awards, they make choices just to be controversial for controversy’s sake. There’s no way in hell that Franco should have been on top in that category over Leto or even Abdi.

  4. While James Franco’s performance was assuredly the strongest element of Spring Breakers, I am very surprised that 3 critics organizations think it’s the best supporting male performance of the year. I doubt most AMPAS voters will agree…though they do like to surprise.

  5. Critics are regretfully insensitive about films that trivialize abortion and value saving the life of an animal more than the life of a human.

  6. Happy with the Lawrence pick. Look, I get how much support 12 Years A Slave is getting. It’s a traditional Oscar film. It gives Hollywood a chance to award a film about the horrors of slavery, a symbolic moment to supposed address racial injustice. But on the merits Lawrence out acted Nyongo by a wide margin as these results show. I think Hollywood wants to reward Nyongo for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with her performance. I find that grating because there are actresses who have worked hard and hustled putting quality performance after quality performance together for years and than you have Nyongo in her first role where the role and the film are carrying her to recognition regardless of the fact that her acting wasn’t special. People keep saying she was heartbreaking but her role was heartbreaking. She was a slave, raped, abused, said she wanted to die, and got whipped to a bloody pulp. It would have been a miracle and astounding bad filmmaking if you didn’t have sympathy for such a brutalized character. But you had the same sympathy for all the abused characters in the film. Other actresses could have done what Nyongo did easily. Very few could do what Lawrence did imho.
    That said I’m expecting Lawrence to be robbed. But there will be others.

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