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2013 CFCA Award Winners Announcement

December 17, 2013

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The big winner on December 16th at the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) awards dinner was “12 Years a Slave”. The powerful film by director Steve McQueen earned five awards, which made it the evening’s big winner. Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” received three wins in technical categories, while Spike Jonze’s “Her” was voted Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score, which was provided by Arcade Fire. I voted for 9 of the 17 categories, which made for somewhat of a surprising evening.

The biggest surprise was definitely Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Act of Killing” winning for both Best Documentary and Best Foreign Film. Many, including myself, were sure that “Blue is the Warmest Color” would win in the Foreign category, but either the disturbing and unique “The Act of Killing” was more effective or the hype (and controversy) surrounding “Warmest Color” bumped it down a notch. At least one of the actresses from that movie, Adèle Exarchopoulos, received a win for Most Promising Performer and director, Destin Cretton, won for Most Promising Filmmaker for his great film “Short Term 12”. It was great to see legendary Japanese filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki, win Best Animated Feature, for his supposed final film, “The Wind Rises”, which will be released in a couple of months.

Although several of my picks did not win, I can’t argue with this list of winners as they ranged from being quite memorable to distinctively impressive. Besides, I was chosen to kick off the announcing of winners by reading off the winner for Best Supporting Actor. The full list of winners can be found below:

 

BEST PICTURE: 
“12 Years A Slave”

BEST DIRECTOR
: Steve McQueen, “12 Years A Slave”

BEST ACTOR: 
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years A Slave”

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 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: 
“Her” by Spike Jonze

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
: “12 Years A Slave”, John Ridley

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: 
“The Act of Killing”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
: “The Act of Killing”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
: “The Wind Rises”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: 
“Gravity,” Emmanuel Lubezki

BEST EDITING
: “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN: 
“Gravity”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: 
“Her,” Arcade Fire

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
: Adèle Exarchopoulos, “Blue is the Warmest Color”

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
: Destin Cretton, “Short Term 12”

 

 

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