In a surprising turns of events, which I termed as Anti-Climatic on Twitter, American Hustle won the best picture award from the NYFCC. They are probably the only film critics awards I get excited for, the rest as well but I love following their long and tiring announcements via Twitter. They are also the first of their kind and they mostly start the critics award season with a bang. Also most of their choices always resonate with me as well. American Hustle win was a near-shock for me, something I wasn't expecting. The money was on 12 Years a Slave but well! That film also won the screenplay award and Jennifer Lawrence won best supporting actress for it. Steven McQueen however won the best director award for 12 Years a Slave. The Oscar hopefuls, Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett won for their performances. So did Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club. Stories We Tell was awarded best documentary, something that really made me happy. Gravity was a no-show. It was supposed to win cinematography but that went to Inside Llewyn Davis. I like it actually that this year's critics award season started in such an unexpected way. I love unpredictability and abundance of choices to chose from. It is the word of mouth and buzz that drives these things, for the Oscars mostly. But critics too you know, sometimes, get swept away in such things. I am a big fan of Silver Linings Playbook and looking forward to American Hustle but this is all a fever dream to me. Considering their previous winners that includes Zero Dark Thirty and The Social Network, I have big hopes.
Below is the full list of the winners.
Best Picture: American Hustle
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Lead Actor: Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Best Lead Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Best Screenplay: American Hustle
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell
Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Best First Film: Fruitvale Station