December 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm #126147
NSFC announce their winners this Saturday, January 4th. They are the last of the major critics groups (NY, NBR, LA) to have their say.December 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm #126149
Hmm I always like this group’s selections, more so over the others so I’m expecting a couple of curveballs and also I expect ‘Blue’ to show up strongly here.December 30, 2013 at 11:02 pm #126150
Which blue? “Blue Jasmine” or “Blue is the Warmest Color”?December 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm #126151
Blue is the Warmest Color.December 31, 2013 at 6:49 am #126152
It would be helpful if Adele won this (hopefully without a tie this time).December 31, 2013 at 8:16 am #126153
I too tend to like/agree with this group’s choice more than the others. Perhaps being the last of the majors (where they have time to digest the other groups’ choices), their selections tend to be less predictable and yet less impulsive. And they have no qualms picking films that are not studios pushed. That said, I think they will pick “12” as BP.January 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm #126154
I have a strong feeling Spike Jonze (“Her’) and “12 Years A Slave” will have a strong showing here on Saturday.
Those 60 members (including KENNETH TURAN, PETER TRAVERS, STEPHANIE ZACHAREK, JOE MORGENSTERN, JUSTIN CHANG, DAVID DENBY) are the right group to represent the final say in all the Critics Groups awards of 2013/2014.
Kind of like a summation of it all.
.January 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm #126155
I believe this group may go their own way this year and choose something that has yet to win a major best picture like “Nebraska”, no Alexander Payne film has yet won from this group as even “Sideways” was beaten by “Million Dollar Baby”, or even more likely “Inside Llewyn Davis”. I could easily see “Gravity” or “Her” winning from the group, I think “12 Years a Slave” may to conventional a choice for their often outre tastes, but something tells me there are critics hungry to see “Inside Llewyn Davis” win a major best picture prize. Call me crazy but is it a crazier choice than winners like “Waltz with Bashir”, “Out of Sight” or “Melancholia”? Also, the Coen brothers have never won from this group and I think that works in their favor.January 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm #126156
The thing to keep in mind here is one big peculiarty unless they’ve adopted to modern technology. They have 60 members, who can submit their top 3 choices in each category even if not present. But if there isn’t a clear winner – which happens a majority of the time – it then is left to those who actually show up in NY (sometimes fewer than half) to decide who wins.
Makes it even tougher to predict.
For me, film could be any of 12 Yrs, ILD or Her. Others are longer shots, but again, it depends on who shows up.January 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm #126157
I will give my complete NSFC predix…
Best Picture: “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Best Director: Spike Jonze- “Her”
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor- “12 Years a Slave”
Best Actress: Adele Exarchopoulos- “Blue is the Warmest Color”
Best Supporting Actor: James Franco- “Spring Breakers”
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence- “American Hustle”
Best Screenplay: “Her”
Best Cinematography: “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Blue is the Warmest Color”
Best Non-Fiction Film: “The Act of Killing”January 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm #126158
Her is going to win either picture or director in my opinion. I’m predicting Leto, Squibb/Hawkins, Exarchopoulos/Blanchett and Isaac to win.January 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm #126159
Also – this is a group with no ceremony, so no one gets a chance to hobnob with grateful winners later. They just mail out a certificate.
This is IMO the most legitimate group out there, but the one with the least PR.January 3, 2014 at 3:40 pm #126160
Best Picture: Gravity or Her
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron or Spike Jonze
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix or Chiwetel Ejiofor
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins (just a feeling)
Best Screenplay: Her or Blue JasmineJanuary 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm #126161
Well, here’s who won last year to give some points of reference:
Best Film: Amour
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike & Bernie
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master
Best Director: Michael Haneke, Amour
Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln