Just days after the Golden Globes and on the same day the Oscar nominees were announced, the who’s who of Hollywood gathered for the 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards (CCA).
The CCA’s are handed out annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), and honour the finest in cinematic achievement for the preceding year.
After taking out the Best Picture award at the Globes, and earning nine Oscar nominations, 12 Years a Slave took out the top award with the BFCA naming it the best film of 2013. The film also brought in a best supporting actress win for Lupita Nyong’o and best adapted screenplay for John Ridley.
The most wins of the evening went to Gravity, taking out a record breaking seven statues. Alfonso Cuaron was given the nod for Best Director and Sandra Bullock was awarded Best Actress in an action movie. Other awards received were for Best Sci-Fi/Horror movie, Visual Effects, Cinematography and Score and Editing, which Cuaron shared with Mark Sanger.
American Hustle claimed four awards with Best Comedy Actress going to Amy Adams and also Best Comedy, Acting Ensemble and Makeup. Lead Actor honours went to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club and Lead Actress to Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine. Supporting Actor went to Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club and Comedy Actor to Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street.
Of course the entire evening wasn’t all formalities; there were a few lighter moments such as Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper dropping the F-bomb on stage to Cate Blanchett who told the audience that her children “don’t give a shit” what she does.
All in all the Critics Choice Awards are regarded by some as the finest indicator of how the Academy Awards will fall, and with the previous two years winners for Best Picture, Argo and The Artist, going on the claim the Oscar, and if you were to think that 12 Years a Slave was the top contender to win the Oscar, I’d have to agree.
For the full list of winners for the 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards, see below.
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Young Actor/Actress: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color
Best Acting Ensemble: American Hustle
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Best Art Direction: Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator), The Great Gatsby
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity
Best Costume Design: Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Best Hair & Makeup: American Hustle
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Action Movie: Lone Survivor
Best Actor in an Action Movie: Mark Wahlberg, Lone Survivor
Best Actress in an Action Movie: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Best Comedy: American Hustle
Best Actor in a Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress in a Comedy: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Gravity
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Song: “Let It Go” Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen
Best Score: Steven Price, Gravity