New York Film Critics Circle Honors ‘American Hustle,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ and More

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Following a round of duly impressive victories from the Gotham Awards institution on Monday night, we see the New York Film Critics Circle grant their top picks for 2013, honoring a few titles that are more closely in line with the ideologies of the Academy we all know and love. Although the public has yet to get a taste of David O. Russell’s super-heist period piece American Hustle, we can’t really express any shock over its triumph as the NYFCC’s Best Picture — it’s got all the right ingredients for the slot. Past winners of the award have gone to Oscar Best Picture winners or noteworthy contenders like Zero Dark Thirty, The Artist, The Social Network, The Hurt Locker, Milk, and No Country for Old Men.

Academy conversation pieces like Steve McQueen, Robert Redford, Jennifer Lawrence, and Cate Blanchett have also earned the Circle’s favor,

BEST PICTURE
American Hustle

BEST DIRECTOR
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

LEAD ACTOR
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

LEAD ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

SCREENPLAY
Eric Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)

ANIMATED FILM
The Wind Rises

FIRST FILM
Fruitvale Station

NON-FICTION FILM (DOCUMENTARY)
Stories We Tell

SPECIAL AWARD
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman



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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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