Steve McQueen's slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" led another batch of nominees today with the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association, but Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and Spike Jonze's "Her" scored large tallies, too. All three were nominated for Best Film along with "American Hustle" and "Gravity." Check out the full list below.
The Online Film Critics Society has announced 2013 nominees and once again, "12 Years a Slave" is a dominating force on the regional circuit. The film picked up a field-leading eight nominations. The Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Spike Jonze's "Her" were a few steps behind with six apiece. The line-up includes passion for Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" and Johnnie To's "Drug War." Check out the full list below.
The Women Film Critics Circle has spoken up and, as ever, offered some interesting color in a precursor circuit that seems to be all about a few particular names. This is certainly an opinionated and thorough list of contenders. "Augustine," "Enough Said" and "Winnie Mandela" led the way with mentions, though "Mother of George," "Philomena" and "Hannah Arendt" were favorites as well. Check out the full list of nominations below. Winners will be announced on Dec. 16. And remember, keep track at The Circuit.
The British Independent Film Awards -- effectively the UK industry's answer to the Spirits -- are an unpredictable institution. Some years they reward very much the films they're expected to reward ("The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire" both took a clutch of awards here), and some years they live up to the "independent" part of their name and go wildly off-script. (A memorable example: nominated for "The Queen," Helen Mirren lost to Kate Dickie in "Red Road.") It all depends on the whims of the jury, and this year's group was clearly feeling rebellious.
What a week. We knew that the end of year honors from the nation's preeminent critics groups would send a ripple through the best picture race. We didn't know it would send a shockwave.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has as of late extended its role call of "Virtuosos" Award winners, an annual tip of the hat to a given year's stand-out performers not honored elsewhere in its tribute program. And this year's line-up is as exemplary as ever.
The New York Film Critics Online also jumped into the fun on a very busy day for the precursor circuit by handing "12 Years a Slave" its Best Picture award. "Gravity" helmer Alfonso Cuarón took Best Director while acting honors went to Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o: the consensus quartet at this stage, I think it's safe to say. Check out the full list of winners below.
The Houston Film Critics Society has announced its list of nominees for 2013, and "12 Years a Slave" leads the way with eight nominations. The slate is full of the usual, though there were unique notices for "The Hunt" (Best Actor) and "Man of Steel" (Best Original Score). Check out the full list of nominees below, and remember to keep track of the season at The Circuit.