New York Film Critic’s Circle & National Board Of Review

Both of these awards were announced on back-to-back days. I thought it would save time to quickly cover them in one post. Real quickly, let’s go over the winners.

NEW YORK FILM CRITIC’S CIRCLE

BEST FIRST FILM: Fruitvale Station
BEST FOREIGN FILM: Blue Is The Warmest Color
BEST NON-FICTION FILM (DOCUMENTARY): Stories We Tell
BEST ANIMATED FILM: The Wind Rises
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Inside Llewyn Davis
BEST SCREENPLAY: American Hustle
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jared Leto, The Dallas Buyers Club
BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
BEST ACTOR: Robert Redford, All Is Lost
BEST DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen, Twelve Years A Slave
BEST PICTURE: American Hustle

So, the Best Actor race is tied up (between McConaughey and Redford), and so is Best Documentary. (Between Act Of Killing and Stories We Tell) But the big selling point of the night is American Hustle. The film is starting to do some major awards campaigning. While we’ve all been caught up in the “12 Years vs Gravity” battle, could American Hustle potentially steal it all? I don’t know, I think i’m just gonna wait to see how good it is before I start calling it Best Picture material.

NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Stories We Tell
BEST FOREIGN FILM: The Past
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: The Wind Rises
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Wolf Of Wall Street
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Inside Llewyn Davis
BEST ENSEMBLE: Prisoners
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Will Forte, Nebraska
BEST ACTRESS: Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
BEST ACTOR: Bruce Dern, Nebraska
BEST DIRECTOR: Spike Jonze, Her
BEST PICTURE: Her

Even though I haven’t actually seen any of these movies yet, I am very pleased with these winners. Mainly because Her is a movie that I’ve been rooting for since I saw the trailer.

Oh, and also, a special award called ‘Most Innovative Film’ went to Gravity. The movie’s first award of the season – and there WILL be more.

So, what do you think? Does American Hustle or Her have a shot at winning the big award? Write your thoughts in the comments.

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