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.
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.
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.
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.