Gravity was the toast of the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday (16Jan14). The science-fiction film nabbed seven awards, including a Best Actress In An Action Movie prize for Sandra Bullock and a Best Director honour for Alfonso Cuaron.
The multiple wins bookended a successful day for the moviemaker and company - Gravity led the pack for Oscar nominations, which were announced on Thursday morning. The film picked up 10 nods including Best Picture, Best Actress (Bullock) and Best Director.
David O. Russell's American Hustle was a four-prize winner at the Critics Choice Awards. The cast was honoured with the Best Acting Ensemble and the movie was named Best Comedy, while Amy Adams added another trophy to her haul when she landed the Best Actress in a Comedy trophy.
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave was also a multiple winner - the slavery drama bagged the Best Picture honour and Lupita Nyong'o choked back tears as she accepted the Best Supporting Actress accolade for her role as Patsey. The film's writer, John Ridley, was also feted with the Best Adapted Screenplay award.
And hard-hitting drama Dallas Buyers Club also scored victories in two of the night's biggest categories - Jared Leto won the Best Supporting Actor award and Matthew McConaughey walked away with the Best Actor honour, while Cate Blanchett took home the Best Actress award for Blue Jasmine and Leonardo DiCaprio won gold in the Best Actor in a Comedy category for The Wolf of Wall Street.
DiCaprio's other 2012/2013 movie The Great Gatsby was also among the multiple film winners, as was Lone Survivor and animated hit Frozen.
One of the night's highlights came when Oprah Winfrey took the stage in Santa Monica, California to present her The Butler co-star Forest Whitaker with the Joel Siegel Award for his humanitarian efforts and work with the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, which he founded in 2012.
Praising the actor, Winfrey told the crowd, "In his most recent role in Lee Daniels' The Butler, I had the privilege of seeing first hand how Forest suddenly and so masterfully embodies the soul of a character. He is indeed a great actor, but let me tell you my friends, he is for sure an even greater man.
"He is devoted to his family, he loves life and he cares deeply about our earth and its people. I just marvel at his remarkable humanitarian efforts."
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Picture - 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor - Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress - Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Acting Ensemble - Cast of American Hustle
Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Best Original Screenplay - Spike Jonze (Her)
Best Adapted Screenplay - John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
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 Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
Best Art Direction - Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby)
Best Editing - Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger (Gravity)
Best Costume Design - Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
Best Hair and 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 by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen)
Best Score - Steven Price (Gravity)
Louis XIII Genius Award - Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Richard Linklater
Joel Siegel Award - Forest Whitaker
Leonardo DiCaprio bookended a perfect day on Thursday (16Jan14) when he picked up the first trophy at the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, just hours after landing an Oscar nomination. The Best Actor in a Comedy Movie prize for his portrayal of a drug-taking, womanising broker in The Wolf of Wall Street came just hours after DiCaprio learned he was up for a Best Actor Oscar.
Accepting his latest accolade just four days after he claimed the same honour at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (12Jan14), the actor said, "This is fantastic."
He then congratulated his co-star and "friend" Jonah Hill, who picked up a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination on Thursday morning, and apologised to his parents for "everything I did in this movie".
Another 2014 Oscar nominee, Amy Adams, was also an early winner - she was named Best Actress in a Comedy Movie for her role in American Hustle.
She took to the stage at the Santa Monica, California event and embraced her Enchanted co-star James Marsden, who presented the award to her.
She joked, "Any chance to kiss James Marsden, I'm excited."
Adams then apologised to her fiance Darren LeGallo, adding, "Sorry Darren, you know it's true!"
In her acceptance speech, she cooed over her beau, stating, "Darren, there's no such thing as individual success... and I am successful because of you. I love you so, so much. You are the best. You are my rock."
Her film, which is up for 13 Critics' Choice Awards, was then named Best Comedy.
Each year, the Screen Actor's Guild, the biggest acting union in Hollywood, throws its two cents into the awards ring and bestows upon actors in both film and television with the coveted statues for excellence in performance. It's a top honor that's also a major predictor for the Academy Awards — in the past three years, the SAG Awards replicated the winners of the Oscars Best Actor categories in all but one category (in 2011, when Viola Davis in The Help bested Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady before losing to her come Oscar time). The SAG Awards are award to the year's biggest win.
This Tuesday, SAG announced their nominations for the 19th year of their awards ceremony. Once again, every actor and film looks primed for the Academy Awards. Lincoln and Les Misérables lead the pack thanks to buzzy performances by Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway, while Breaking Bad and Mad Men once again earn nods on the TV side.
Check out the full list of nominations. The awards are set to air on Jan. 27, 2013 on TBS:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Silver Linings Playbook
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Denzel Washington, Flight
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, Argo
Javier Bardem Skyfall
Robert De Niro Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble
Amazing Spider Man
The Dark Knight Rises
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis CK, Louie
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Charlotte Rambling, Restless
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Alfie Woodard, Steel Magnolias
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Ed Harris, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields and McCoys
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Game of Thrones
Sons of Anarcy
The Walking Dead
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