The “awards” portion of this year’s awards season has officially begun. The New York Film Critics Circle is always the first critics group out of the gate, and today they named American Hustle the best film of the year. The move comes as a slight surprise given that Hustle only first screened a week ago and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity have been the Best Picture frontrunners for the past few months, but the awards race may be in for a twist. Steve McQueen was awarded Best Director for 12 Years a Slave, Robert Redford took Best Actor for All Is Lost, and Cate Blanchett began what’s sure to be an awards season sweep of Best Actress trophies. American Hustle picked up three awards in total, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Screenplay. The excellent Blue Is the Warmest Color was named Best Foreign Film, and Stories We Tell won Best Documentary.
Hit the jump to see the full list of winners and for my commentary on what this means for the coming Oscar season.
The New York Film Critics Circle has kicked the awards race off in earnest, and the love was spread primarily between Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln. The drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden took home Best Picture, Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, and Best Cinematographer, while Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was awarded Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. The group also had a couple of left field choices with the Best Supporting Actor award going to Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike (alright, alright, alright) and Best Actress going to Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea. McConaughey winning the trophy was a pleasant surprise, but Weisz’s win is a tad baffling.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners, and click here to peruse our recent Oscar Preview features.
Winning a million awards isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion awards. David Fincher’s The Social Network is continuing its winning streak by nabbing Best Film and Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle. And while the Best Picture race may be starting to sew itself up, it’s still unclear who will take home the acting trophies. Colin Firth won Best Actor for The King’s Speech, Annette Bening won Best Actress for The Kids Are All Right, Mark Ruffalo won Best Supporting Actor for The Kids Are All Right, and Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actress for The Fighter. Hit the jump for the full list of winners.