The National Board of Review has been presenting prizes since 1932 when "I Was a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" won Best Picture.
On Wednesday, it announced the winners of this year's kudos which will be presented on Jan. 7 at Gotham's Cipriani 42nd Street. (Read the full report here.)
Spike Jonze, "Her"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Will Forte, "Nebraska"
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New York Post scribe Lou Lumenick spilled the beans on the complicated voting at Tuesday's meeting of the New York Film Critics Circle. As he notes, "the circle uses an arcane voting system for its multiple ballots."
The Best Picture race required five ballots to find a winner ("American Hustle) while Best Director needed four before Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") prevailed. Both lead and supporting actress contests went three rounds before Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle") came out on top as did Foreign Language Film ("Blue is the Warmest Color"). However, the male acting races (Robert Redford, "All is Lost" and Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club") and animated feature ("The Wind Rises") were decided on just the second ballot.
Before getting to the breakdown of this year's vote, it is important to understand what happens in each round of balloting.
Round One (proxies allowed)
Members make a single choice.
Rounds Two & Three (no proxies)
Three choices with three points for first, two for second, and one for third.
Winner must be ranked somewhere on majority of ballots.
Round Four (no proxies)
Three choices with three points for first, two for second, and one for third.
Majority rule dropped.
Round Five (no proxies)
If there is a tie in Round Four, a run-off.
Lou broke down the results of this year's balloting, noting that some members left during the marathon five-hour voting.
"12 Years a Slave": 34 points
"American Hustle": 32 points
Round Three (original vote discarded as it included proxies)
"American Hustle": 38 points
"12 Years a Slave": 30 points
"Gravity": 16 points
"Nebraska": 16 points
Round Four (winner need not appear on majority of ballots)
"American Hustle": 38 points
"12 Years a Slave": 38 points
"Gravity": 17 points
"Her": 17 points
Round Five Tiebreaker (straight vote)
"American Hustle": 14 members
"12 Years a Slave": 12 members
Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"): 37 points
Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity''): 30 points
David O. Russell ("American Hustle"'): 26 points
Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"): 47 points
Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity''): 32 points
Spike Jonze ("Her''): 31 points
Nellie Andreeva offers an exclusive that Diane Keaton will be subbing for Woody Allen at the next Golden Globe Awards in January. Allen is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for life achievement but will not appear in person at the ceremony. Keaton, who has starred in eight Allen films and dated him many years ago, will accept the award for him. While not confirmed in September when announcing his selection, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. now says they have known all along that Allen would not show up. The only time he has been on a TV awards show was at the Oscars in 2002 when he introduced a segment about post-911 New York. Deadline.
Five musicians are honored as CMT Artists of the year at a celebration in Nashville. Jason Aldean picked up this award for the fourth straight year, while Luke Bryan received it a second time. Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, and Tim McGraw were the other winners for 2013. Comedian Ron White hosted the live special. TV by the Numbers.
Sasha Stone discusses the "collapse of the American dream" as it relates to three Oscar contenders this year. She calls "The Wolf of Wall Street" from Martin Scorsese the best of this group and a "ferocious, unapologetic partner" to "Goodfellas." The "partner in crime" to that movie is "American Hustle" directed by David O. Russell. The most "richly written" of this trio is Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Awards Daily.
Kris Tapley brings an exclusive about films not eligible for the Writers Guild of America Awards this year. Tight WGA qualifying rules are excluding Oscar frontrunners "12 Years a Slave" (John Ridley), "Fruitvale Station" (Ryan Coogler), and "Philomena" (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope). Others that will not contend are "Blue is the Warmest Color" (Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (William Nicholson), "The Past" (Asghar Farhadi), and "Rush" (Peter Morgan). Hitfix.
Steve Pond believes some of the Oscar frontrunners for the Best Foreign Language Film category are Asghar Farhadi's "The Past", Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt", Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty," Haifaa al Mansour's "Wadjda," and Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster." Despite those, he also provides a list of 10 dark horse films that could upset. The Wrap.
Michael Ausiello scoops everyone with a treasure chest of spoilers for many TV shows. The secrets are included for "American Horror Story: Coven," "Arrow," "Glee," "The Good Wife," "Hannibal," "How I Met Your Mother," "Scandal," and more. TV Line.
The TCL Chinese Theatre honors Ben Stiller ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty") with their traditional handprint/footprint ceremony. Tom Cruise introduced him at the historical event that goes back to the earliest days of Hollywood. Daily Motion.
Every year, the Writers Guild of America confounds Oscarologists when it rules a slew of screenplays ineligible for their kudos. Only scripts written under the guild's guidelines or those of several international partners are allowed to vie for these kudos.
Voting for nominations began on Tuesday (Dec. 3) with the slate of cotenders to be announced on Jan. 3 and winners revealed during a Feb. 1 ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles.
While upwards of 250 films are in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars, only 54 of these had original scripts that can vie for WGA recognition while just 41 had adapted screenplays that can contend. (Compare those figures to last year when 68 original scripts and 44 adaptations contended.)
While our five frontrunners for the Original Screenplay Oscar are eligible with the WGA, a number of other scripts are out of the running including: "Fruitvale Station" (ranked eighth on our chart); "Rush" (#11) and "The Past" (#16).
Last year, seven of the WGA nominees also reaped Oscar bids, including the adaptation of "Argo" which won both races. However, two of the eventual five Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay -- the winner "Django Unchained" by non-guild member Quentin Tarantino and "Amour" from writer-director Michael Haneke -- were deemed ineligible by the WGA. "Zero Dark Thirty" won that race at the WGA and did contend at the Oscars.
In 2011, only five of the 10 WGA nominees went on to contend at the Oscars. In 2010, six of the 10 WGA nominees went on to compete at the Oscars while only four managed to do this in 2009.
Three of 2011's Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay -- "The Artist," "Margin Call" and "A Separation" -- were ineligible with the WGA as was one of the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar contenders -- "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."
Both of 2011's WGA winners went on to repeat at the Oscars. "Midnight in Paris" won Woody Allen his fifth Original Screenplay award from the WGA while Alexander Payne claimed his third Adapted Screenplay prize for "The Descendants," along with collaborators Nax Faxon and Jim Rash.
Justin Timberlake is the man to beat at the Grammys according to our racetrack odds. He's likely to earn nominations in three categories in the general field – Album, Record, and Song of the Year – with wins projected in two of those races: Album ("The 20/20 Experience") and Song ("Mirrors").
"Mirrors" ranks second for Record of the Year, behind summer hit "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell. That will likely be the only win or nomination for Thicke in the general field: he ranks sixth for Song of the Year and 16th for Album.
Taylor Swift's latest effort, "Red," already made an impression last year when its lead-off single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," picked up a nod for Record of the Year. This year the rest of the album is eligible to compete, and predictors are betting on her to return to the Album race, which she won in 2009 for "Fearless." She's also among likely contenders for Song of the Year for "I Knew You Were Trouble."
The hip-hop duo will have to hold off 17-year-old New Zealander Lorde in the New Artist race. She recently had a breakthrough hit with "Royals," which will earn her additional bids for Record and Song.
Do you agree with our predictions? Don't forget to make your own starting below before "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live," which will be broadcast on CBS this Friday (Dec. 6).
Academy Award voters love to give accolades to overdue veterans – unless they're women, of course, but that's another story. Will that sentiment help Bruce Dern ("Nebraska") or Robert Redford ("All is Lost") win Oscar this year?
The trend of elderly actors finally winning can usually be seen in the supporting race, where Jack Palance ("City Slickers"), James Coburn ("Affliction"), Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), and Christopher Plummer ("Beginners") have succeeded, but every once in a while it happens in the lead race too. John Wayne triumphed on his third and final nomination for "True Grit" in 1969 and, after four unsuccessful bids, Jeff Bridges finally received his kudos for "Crazy Heart" in 2009.
This year, Best Supporting Actor seems to be a young man's game, with Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave"), and Bradley Cooper ("American Hustle") among the top contenders. And while Tom Hanks ("Saving Mr. Banks") qualifies as a veteran, the two-time Oscar-winner is hardly overdue.
But Oscar voters have two options in the Best Actor race this year. Redford is getting his best reviews in years as a sailor lost at sea in "All is Lost," and he also just won the Best Actor trophy from the New York Film Critics Circle. Dern's role as a small-town man in search of sweepstakes winnings in "Nebraska" has brought the character actor to the forefront.
Redford has never won an acting Oscar, though it may be a bit of a stretch to call him overdue given his 1980 Oscar for directing "Ordinary People" and an honorary Oscar for his body of work more than a decade ago (2001). Maybe voters will want to see the legend honored for his work in front of the camera, but maybe they won't think he needs it.
Dern has no previous wins in any category, and just one nomination in his career – for his supporting role in "Coming Home" 35 years ago – so he may have greater claim to the mantle of overdue veteran.
Then again, Oscar isn't always sentimental about its elder statesmen. Just ask some of the men who never won competitive prizes, like poor Richard Burton (seven nominations), Albert Finney (five nominations), and Peter O'Toole (eight nominations).
More than 450 Gold Derby readers predicted the winners of this year's New York Film Critics Circle Awards. In total, our Users logged 2,700 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click New York Film Critics Awards 2013.
Most predictors expected critics' darling "12 Years a Slave" to win top honors. In fact, only two users anticipated the upset victory by "American Hustle," which only recently began screening for the press. The David O. Russell-directed film also won Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Best Screenplay.
Two users were ahead of the curve: Ryan_Fernand and RobertPius, who correctly predicted six out of nine categories, scoring 67%. Neither of them predicted the Best Picture win for "Hustle," but both saw Lawrence's win coming. Another seven users got five out of nine correct (56%). Since Ryan_Fernand earned the most game points, he wins Gold Derby's contest prize of $100 Amazon gift certificate.
They outscored the best of our editors: Matt Noble and Chris Beachum, both with four correct predictions (45%). Daniel Montgomery followed with three correct (34%). David Schnelwar and Robert Licuria were right twice (23%).
Our top expert, Keith Simanton (IMDb), also scored 45%, while Tariq Khan (Fox News) and Gold Derby's Paul Sheehan scored 34%. With one out of nine correct predictions, Edward Douglas (Coming Soon) and Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil scored 12%.
Our editors scored best overall, averaging 33%, followed by users (28%), and experts (27%).
Margo Martindale is a strong contender to receive an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in "August: Osage County" alongside category rival Julia Roberts. If she and Roberts are both nominated, she would be "totally delighted" by the competition, she says in our video chat, but is she willing to put on the boxing gloves and take down Roberts and other contenders? "Eat the fish, bitch!" Martindale joked, referencing a key moment from the film.
She went on to say, "It's great to even be talked about, that's the truth. I love being a piece of this puzzle, this movie. It couldn't be what it is without all of the pieces working, so it's great to be one of those pieces." (Vote below for the Best Supporting Actress race in our easy drag-and-drop menu.)
And what about her move to the popular CBS freshman comedy "The Millers"? Working with legendary comedy director James Burrows, Martindale admits, "He knows how to do it and I listen to every single word he says, because I'm just learning. He's a master. It's like being in a master class for sitcoms for multi-camera comedy. It's not the easiest job I've ever had, let me just say that, but I'm beginning to really, really enjoy it. I love the people."
After winning an Emmy for Drama Supporting Actress in 2011 for "Justified," Martindale received another nomination this year as Drama Guest Actress for "The Americans," but lost to Carrie Preston ("The Good Wife"). "It's so awesome and fresh and insane and crazy," Martindale gushed about the awards circuit she's come accustomed to over the past few years. "And hard. And exhausting."
Martindale just returned from New York where she filmed scenes for the second season of "The Americans," but she's tight-lipped about what she can reveal, including how many episodes she will be in. "You're not gonna get any [spoilers], Marcus! You're getting none!"
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