Tuesday, December 3, 2013

NY Critcs surprise with American Hustle

Even in a year as strong as this one, the New York Film Critics Circle managed to make a Best Picture selection that has many pundits baffled: David O. Russell's American Hustle, whose reviews from recent press screenings have been mixed. Obviously, we won't be in a position to assess the NYFCC's decision in until we get to see the film itself in a little less than a month, but it certainly wasn't what many people expected to see triumph here. It also won for Screenplay and Supporting Actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Picking up big acting wins were Robert Redford of All Is Lost (a movie that continues to piss me off in its coy reluctance to open wide), and Cate Blanchett of Blue Jasmine (this just might be the first of a long list of awards leading up to an eventual Oscar win). Dallas Buyers Club's Jared Leto nabbed Supporting Actor while Steve McQueen took Best Director for 12 Years a Slave.

One final note, I'm super thrilled to see Sarah Polley claim the prize for Best Non-Fiction Film for her brilliant Stories We Tell, and hope it translates into an Oscar nod.

Full list of winners below:

Best Picture: American Hustle
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Robert Redford, All is Lost
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyer’s Club
Best Screenplay: David O. Russell, Eric Singer, American Hustle
Best Foreign Film: Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Animated Film: Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises
Best Non Fiction Film: Sarah Polley, Stories We Tell
Best First Film: Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Special Award: Frederick Wiseman, documentarian


  1. I predict that American Hustle may be the only film left to challenge 12 Years a Slave. The Oscar love for Fighter and SLP seem to suggest lots of acting nominations as well as a strong best picture chance.

  2. I have the strangest feeling American Hustle will be the potential Best Picture spoiler.