Tye Sheridan in "Mud"
Tye Sheridan in "Mud"
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Washington critics spring for '12 Years a Slave,' Cuarón, Blanchett

And some good news for Tye Sheridan fans
The Washington D.C. critics had some fun with their awards at the nominations stage, throwing in such offbeat mentions as Baz Luhrmann for Best Director, with Joaquin Phoenix, James Franco and Scarlett Johansson among the acting nominees. Their list of winners, however, is rather more conventional. "12 Years a Slave" leads the pack with six awards, including Best Film, Actor, Supporting Actress and Ensemble, while they also plumped for fellow Oscar frontrunner "Gravity," handing it Best Director and a pair of technical awards.
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<p>James McAvoy in &quot;Filth.&quot;</p>

James McAvoy in "Filth."

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'Philomena' shut out as UK Oscar entry 'Metro Manila' surprises at BIFA Awards

James McAvoy takes a deserved win for Best Actor

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.

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<p>&quot;American Hustle&quot;</p>

"American Hustle"

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Roundup: 'American Hustle' ensemble gets Palm Springs honor

Also: MacLaine's Kennedy Center honors, and the Coens' failure fixation
I'm interested to see how it shakes out, awards-wise, for ensemble of "American Hustle," one of the most integrated and evenly weighted in any of this year's heavyweight contenders. Jennifer Lawrence appears to have nailed down a Supporting Actress spot for her sensational turn, but I'd like to see Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper start picking up equivalent momentum, while Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and even Robert De Niro all contribute to the electricity. At any rate, it's one case where ensemble honors seem justified and not merely a veiled award for the film as a whole. So it is that "Hustle" will receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the Palm Springs fest, which has already announced acting honors for Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Dern and Julia Roberts. [PSIFF
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<p>&quot;Gravity&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Her&quot;&nbsp;provided Warner Bros. with a surprisingly potent LAFCA haul.</p>

"Gravity" and "Her" provided Warner Bros. with a surprisingly potent LAFCA haul.

Contender Countdown: 'Gravity' and 'Her' rise in the race

Not the best week for '12 Years A Slave'

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.

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Santa Barbara fest taps seven break-out 2013 'Virtuosos'

Santa Barbara fest taps seven break-out 2013 'Virtuosos'

One of the most impressive line-ups for the award to date

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.

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Alfonso Cuarón netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.
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Alfonso Cuarón netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention#MhyguW6YXbgQclZR.99
Alfonso Cuarón netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention#MhyguW6YXbgQclZR.9Alfonso Cuarón netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.

Alfonso Cuarón netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.

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New York Film Critics Online award '12 Years a Slave,' Cuarón, Ejiofor

Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto keep on an even keel

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.

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;&nbsp;picked up eight nominations</p>

"12 Years a Slave" picked up eight nominations

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'12 Years a Slave' leads with Houston film critics nominations

Intersting notices for 'The Hunt' and 'Man of Steel'

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.

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"Look at my shee-yit... LAFCA award included."
"Look at my shee-yit... LAFCA award included."
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'Gravity' ties with 'Her' as LA critics' Best Picture winner

Acting winners include Adele Exarchopoulos and, yes, James Franco

Well, the esteemed men and women of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association were certainly in an indecisive mood today: in the course of today's voting, which took over four hours to complete, no fewer than three categories ended in ties. Chief among them, of course, was Best Picture, where Alfonso Cuaron's space epic "Gravity" was named alongside Spike Jonze's more intimate technological drama "Her." Both were clear favorites throughout: "Gravity" took three other awards, for Best Director, Cinematography and Editing, while "Her" won the day's first award (for Production Design) and was a close ruinner-up for Director, Screenplay and Music.

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jamres Gandolfini in &quot;Enough Said.&quot;</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jamres Gandolfini in "Enough Said."

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'12 Years a Slave,' James Gandolfini win with Boston Society of Film Critics

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cate Blanchett take top acting honors

Well, one thing we've learned this weekend is that Beantown critics think very highly of "12 Years a Slave." Steve McQueen's film practically swept the Boston online critics' awards yesterday, taking seven awards in all. And it was similarly triumphant in today's voting by the Boston Film Critics' Society -- the more established and arguably more prestigious of the city's two groups -- where it took Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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<p>Andrew Dominik and MOMI&nbsp;Chief Curator David&nbsp;Schwartz discuss &quot;The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford&quot;</p>

Andrew Dominik and MOMI Chief Curator David Schwartz discuss "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

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The 'Jesse James' revival sets sail from Queens

A resuscitated masterpiece hits the road to redemption

NEW YORK — The big screen revival of Andrew Dominik's 2007 western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," economically dubbed the "Jesse James Revival" by a passionate young man named Jamieson McGonigle who set the whole thing in motion, kicked off in earnest Saturday night with a presentation of the opus to a sold out crowd at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

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