Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" kept up its regional precursor dominance tonight winning the Best Picture prize from the Chicago Film Critics Association. The group's acting winners filled out accordingly with nary a surprise to be found. "Her" picked up two prizes, for original screenplay and original score. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below, and as ever, keep track of it all via The Circuit.
On the heels of our piece detailing the unfortunate ineligibility of "Please Mr. Kennedy" from "Inside Llewyn Davis," the Academy has announced 75 original songs in competition for the Best Original Song Oscar at the 86th annual Academy Awards.
It's funny having Tom Hanks back in the awards hunt this year. He's such a dab hand at the whole campaign spiel, and has been such a quietly familiar presence in the season thus far, that it hardly feels like 13 years since he was last nominated for an Oscar. (Meanwhile, kids born around the time he tearfully accepted his second Oscar for "Forrest Gump" are now legal adults. Where do the years go?)
New Year's Eve is rapidly approaching, and over at Harvey Weinstein's, people are getting ready to party like it's 199-- well, 1998 actually, with all due to respect to Prince. In what is surely the oddest film news of the day, The Weinstein Company appears to have entered a realm of pure Nineties nostalgia: not only have the Weinstein brothers built new bridges with their former company, Miramax, but they're using that alliance to develop sequels to Best Picture Oscar winner "Shakespeare in Love" and, er, "Rounders."
LOS ANGELES — With nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Broadcast Film Critics Association in the span of a week, not to mention being a stand-out track on the year's prestige "musical," produced by recent Academy Award winner T Bone Burnett with pop superstar Justin Timberlake on the mic, you would think "Please Mr. Kennedy" from the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" was on a collision course with Oscar. But due to stricter AMPAS rules, the tune will not be on the list of songs eligible to compete in the Best Original Song category at this year's Academy Awards.
That's no skin off Burnett's back.
It has been said, but let's say it again: 2013 was a landmark year for movies. Across the board, from indie to studio and back, the amount of exemplary artistry on display was jaw-dropping. A subjective thing? Of course. My wonderful year could be your weak one and vice versa. But this was like the kind of surge I haven't felt since 1999, and for that, narrowing it to a list of the year's best has been the most difficult of tasks.
After a colorful list of nominations last week (check them out here if you missed them), the Women Film Critics Circle has deemed "Philomena" the best film of 2013…about women. The film picked up two other awards as well (the only other two for which it was nominated, in fact, making it a sweeper). "Before Midnight" also scored a hat trick.
The Online Film Critics' Society had some unique choices among their nominees -- with Johnnie To's "Drug War" up for Best Picture, for example -- but consensus favorites ruled when it came to picking the winners. Most notable here is that the predictably dominant haul for "12 Years a Slave" included three of the four acting categories, including a win for Michael Fassbender -- who has largely played bridesmaid to Jared Leto so far this season, but recently got on the scoreboard thanks to Kansas City. "Gravity," however, once more interrupted the streak by taking Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. This is becoming a bit of a pattern in the critics' awards; might the Oscars follow suit? Full list of winners after the cut, with all the season's awards so far at The Circuit.
You didn't think "12 Years a Slave" was done winning awards today, did you? Another group, the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association, has singled it out as the year's best after the film dominated the group's list of nominations last week. Steve McQueen's drama picked up seven awards in total. There isn't much unique intrigue to be found throughout the list of winners, which you can check out for yourself below. Read through the nominees here. And remember to follow the ups and downs of the season at The Circuit.
Do you remember a time way back when -- maybe a week or so ago -- when people were worried that "12 Years a Slave" wasn't winning enough critics' awards? Well, the regional critics sure are rectifying that situation. Steve McQueen's film has nailed down another Best Picture win, this time from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics' Association, also taking Best Supporting Actress and Screenplay. "Gravity" was well-served too, taking Best Director, Cinematography and Score. Naturally, local son Matthew McConaughey wasn't going to be denied Best Actor. Nothing particularly new in this list, then, though the ranked listing of the top five vote-getters is a bit unusual. Full list after the jump; everything else at The Circuit.