The New York Film Critics Circle Awards has the distinct honor of being the first major critics group to bestow their film awards ahead of the Oscars. In recent years they have carved out who the contenders are, but sometimes they are snubbed. Last year’s Best Picture winner Zero Dark Thirty lost the top Oscar to Argo, however the New York based group did begin Daniel Day Lewis’ romp to a third Oscar.
This year, however, these awards seem to start momentum for a yet-to-be seen film. David O’Russell’s American Hustle took the top prize, in addition to Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Oscar champ Jennifer Lawrence. While Lawrence’s victory isn’t much of a surprise, these critics tend to go with the “babe” for the supporting race, the Best Screenplay and Best Picture wins are pretty shocking. The film was always a contender for nominations, but it was never taken seriously as a contender to actually win. Maybe the third time will be the charm for O’Russell who received Best Picture nominations for The Fighter and last year’s Silver Linings Playbook.
Cate Blanchett begins her romp to the Oscars with a Best Actress win for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and Jared Leto won for his supporting performance in Dallas Buyers Club, which is sure to be a critical favorite. Most notably absent from the winners is Alfonso Cuáron’s Gravity.
Full List of Winners:
Picture: American Hustle
Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Actor: Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Screenplay: American Hustle
Cinematography: Inside Llewyn Davis
Foreign Film: Blue is the Warmest Color
Documentary: Stories We Tell
First Feature: Fruitvale Station
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