With five major wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, Steve McQueen’s riveting 12 Years a Slave swept the 2013 Florida Film Critic Circle Awards, beating out such highly touted contenders as American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street. Alfonso Cuoron’s Gravity was the only other multiple winner, earning top marks for its cinematography and special effects.
McQueen, himself a winner for director, helped Chiwetel Ejiofor earn the group’s top honor as Best Actor for his stirring work as former freeman turned plantation “property” Solomon Northup, while Jared Leto stepped away from his rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars to win the Best Supporting Actor award for his touching turn as an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club.
Woody Allen again proved his skill with actresses, as Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for Blue Jasmine while newcomer Lupita Nyong’o walked away with the prize for Best Supporting Actress for her devastating work as Patsey in Slave . She was additionally acknowledged by the group, winning the prestigious Pauline Kael Breakout Award.
As stated before, Cuaron’s hit sci-fi thriller brought a Best Cinematography win for Emmanuel Lubezki as well as for its mind blowing F/X. Spike Jonze’s whimsical meditation on life, love and technology, Her, earned him the Best Original Screenplay award while John Ridley was honored with Best Adapted Screenplay for his efforts in bringing Slave to the screen.
In other awards, Cannes favorite Blue is the Warmest Color won a close race over The Hunt for Foreign Language Film, while Frozen narrowly defeated Hayao Miyazaki’s final effort, The Wind Rises for Animated Film. The Act of Killing edged out Blackfish for Best Documentary, while The Great Gatsby was touted for its Art Direction and Production Design.
The Golden Orange Award, given for outstanding contribution to film, went to Miami Beach Cinematheque director Dana Keith, a tireless champion of foreign, independent and alternative film for more than 20 years. He has consistently programmed some of the most daring films to make the art house circuit and has played host to a variety of film festivals, big and small.
Founded in 1996, the Florida Film Critics Circle is comprised of 21 writers from state publications. Bill Gibron of PopMatters.com and FilmRacket.com has served as chairman since March 2013.
12 Years a Slave
Runner-up: American Hustle
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Runner-up: Joaquin Phoenix – Her
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Runner-up: Judi Dench – Philomena
Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Runner-up: Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Runner-up: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Best Adapted Screenplay
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Runner-up: Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Original Screenplay
Spike Jonze – Her
Runner-up: David O. Russell & Eric Singer – American Hustle
Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity
Runner-up: Bruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Visual Effects
Runner-up: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Best Art Direction/Production Design
The Great Gatsby
Runner-up: American Hustle
Best Foreign Language
Blue is the Warmest Color
Runner-up: The Hunt
Best Animated Feature
Runner-up: The Wind Rises
The Act of Killing
Pauline Kael Breakout Award
Lupita Nyong’O – 12 Years a Slave
Runner-up: Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
Dana Keith of the Miami Beach Cinematheque for his tireless championing of foreign, independent and alternative film in South Florida for more than 20 years.
SOURCE: Florida Film Critics Circle