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’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ win big at Critics Choice

’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ win big at Critics Choice

CRITICS CHOICE: Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the award for best actor in a comedy for "The Wolf of Wall Street" during the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Santa Monica, California Jan. 16. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuon

By Chris Michaud

(Reuters) – “12 Years a Slave,” Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey were among big winners at the Critics Choice Movie Awards on Thursday, taking honors for best picture, actress and actor.

The all-star “American Hustle,” about 1970s corruption which earlier Thursday received 10 Oscar nominations, was named best comedy film, with Amy Adams winning best comedy actress.

The 281-member Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, also gave the film its best acting ensemble prize at the event in Santa Monica, California.

Leonardo DiCaprio won best comedy actor for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” setting the pattern early for the awards which virtually mirrored the top winners at Sunday’s Golden Globes.

Blanchett, who also won the Globe and is favored for the Oscar, was honored for Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” in which she plays the unbalanced wife of a disgraced Bernard Madoff-like swindler.

Many stars who were nominated – or snubbed – just hours earlier for the Oscars, Hollywood’s top honors, were on hand, including Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

Jared Leto won best supporting actor for his turn as a transsexual fighting AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club.” He dedicated his award to “all the people around the world who are living with HIV (and) all the people who have lost their lives to this horrific disease.”

Both McConaughey, who plays the real-life, heterosexual Ron Woodroof who became an AIDS activist after being diagnosed in the 1980s and given weeks to live, and Leto won Golden Globes on Sunday, and both were nominated for Oscars on Thursday.

“Thank you, this is fun,” exclaimed a clearly elated McConaughey, who thanked Woodruff “for living a life that was damned well worth putting to the big screen.”

Lupita Nyong’o, who plays slave Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” won best supporting actress, prevailing over such A-list contenders in the category as Roberts and Oprah Winfrey.

Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón was named best director for the outer-space hit “Gravity,” which also took prizes for visual effects, film editing and cinematography. Star Sandra Bullock also won best actress in an action film, calling “Gravity” “a movie that should not have worked – but it did.”

The acclaimed French lesbian love story, “Blue is the Warmest Color,” which was snubbed by the Oscars earlier on Thursday when it failed to be nominated, won the award for best foreign language film.

Twenty-year-old Adèle Exarchopoulos was named best young actor or actress for “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” and noted in her acceptance speech at the gala dinner, “I can’t even drink.”

Best sci-fi/horror film went to “Gravity,” while Mark Wahlberg won best actor in an action film for the true-life war film, “Lone Survivor,” which was also named best action film.

The Disney hit “Frozen” won best animated feature, and “Let It Go” from the same film took the award for best song.

“20 Feet From Stardom,” about backup singers for music icons, was named best documentary.

The writing awards went to “Her” for original screenplay and “12 Years a Slave” for adapted screenplay.

The prizes were handed out following the Golden Globes, part of the host of awards leading up to the Oscars, Hollywood’s all-important honors ceremony to be held on March 2.

Actor-director Forest Whitaker received the Joel Siegel award, named for the late film critic, for his humanitarian work. Winfrey presented the award to Whitaker.

Stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke and director Richard Linklater won the Louis XIII Genius Award for the romantic trilogy “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “After Midnight.”

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 – 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

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