Tuesday, 10 December 2013


The Phoenix Film Critics Society insists on handing out a whole load of awards after a whole load of nominations in a whole load of categories. Even when they haven't seen a whole load of films. Not The Wolf of Wall Street, at least. Oblivion, Star Trek Into Darkness and Jack the Giant Slayer (lol) get more nominations than Martin Scorsese's latest film. August: Osage County and Saving Mr. Banks particularly get a fair few mentions between them, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jordan Vogt-Roberts are apparently among the year's best breakthrough filmmakers. Fuck off. At least the outstanding Annika Wedderkopp is nominated for her marvellous performance in The Hunt. I'll post details of their winners when they're announced in a week's time, on Tuesday the 17th of December. P.S. Their Foreign Language Film selections are brilliant.

Best Film

·          12 Years a Slave
·          American Hustle
·          Captain Phillips
·          Dallas Buyers Club
·          Gravity
·          Mud
·          Nebraska
·          Philomena
·          Saving Mr. Banks
·          Short Term 12

Best Director
·          Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
·          Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
·          John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks)
·          Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
·          Alexander Payne (Nebraska)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
·          Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
·          Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
·          Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
·          Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
·          Robert Redford (All Is Lost)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
·          Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
·          Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
·          Judi Dench (Philomena)
·          Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
·          Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
·          Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
·          James Gandolfini (Enough Said)
·          Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks)
·          Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
·          Matthew McConaughey (Mud)
·          Sam Rockwell (The Way, Way Back)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
·          Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
·          Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
·          Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
·          June Squibb (Nebraska)
·          Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

Best Original Screenplay
·          Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)
·          Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón (Gravity)
·          Bob Nelson (Nebraska)
·          Jeff Nichols (Mud)

Best Adapted Screenplay
·          Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena)
·          Tracy Letts (August: Osage County)
·          Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)
·          John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)

Best Cinematography
·          Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave)
·          Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)
·          Simon Duggan (The Great Gatsby)
·          Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
·          Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)

Best Film Editing
·          Adam Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers (American Hustle)
·          Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (Gravity)
·          Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill (Rush)
·          Christopher Rouse (Captain Phillips)
·          Joe Walker (12 Years a Slave)

Best Production Design
·          Michael Corenblith (Saving Mr. Banks)
·          Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
·          Andy Nicholson (Gravity)
·          Adam Stockhausen (12 Years a Slave)
·          Robert Stromberg (Oz the Great and Powerful)

Best Costume Design
·          Caroline Harris (42)
·          Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
·          Patricia Norris (12 Years a Slave)
·          Daniel Orlandi (Saving Mr. Banks)
·          Michael Wilkinson (American Hustle)

Best Visual Effects
·          Gravity
·          Jack the Giant Slayer
·          Oblivion
·          Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Original Score
·          Christophe Beck (Frozen)
·          Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks)
·          Howard Shore (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
·          Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave)

Best Original Song
·          ‘Let It Go’ (Frozen)
·          ‘Please Mr. Kennedy’ (Inside Llewyn Davis)
·          ‘Young and Beautiful’ (The Great Gatsby)

Best Stunts
·          Fast & Furious 6
·          Oblivion
·          Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Ensemble Acting
·          12 Years a Slave
·          American Hustle
·          August: Osage County
·          Saving Mr. Banks
·          The Way, Way Back

Best Animated Film
·          Despicable Me 2
·          Frozen
·          Monsters University
·          The Wind Rises

Best Documentary
·          20 Feet from Stardom
·          The Act of Killing
·          Blackfish
·          Stories We Tell
·          We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Best Foreign Language Film
·          Blancanieves
·          Blue Is the Warmest Colour
·          The Grandmaster
·          The Hunt
·          Populaire

Best Live Action Family Film
·          One Direction: This Is Us
·          Oz the Great and Powerful
·          Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
·          The Smurfs 2

Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera
·          Lake Bell (In a World…)
·          Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station)
·          Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon)
·          Jeff Nichols (Mud)
·          Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer)

Breakthrough Performance On Camera
·          Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
·          Liam James (The Way, Way Back)
·          Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)
·          Brie Larson (Short Term 12)
·          Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
·          June Squibb (Nebraska)

Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female
·          Annie Rose Buckley (Saving Mr. Banks)
·          Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12)
·          Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief)
·          Annika Wedderkopp (The Hunt)

Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male
·          Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game)
·          Liam James (The Way, Way Back)
·          Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer)
·          Tye Sheridan (Mud)

Overlooked Film of the Year
·          In a World…
·          Jack the Giant Slayer
·          The Kings of Summer
·          Mud Ado About Nothing
·          Short Term 12
·          The Spectacular Now

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