Film News: ‘12 Years a Slave’ Leads 2013 Chicago Film Critics Nominees

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Steve McQueen’s harrowing “12 Years a Slave” leads the 2013 nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association, announced this morning, with a stunning 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress. A diverse array of films rounded out Best Picture for 2013, including three that have yet to even open in the Windy City — “American Hustle,” “Her,” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” joined by Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.” “Her” and “Gravity” tied for second-most nominations with seven a piece while “Llewyn Davis” notched six nominations and “American Hustle” can boast five. Other multiple nominees include “Blue is the Warmest Color” (4), “The Act of Killing” (3), and “Nebraska” (3). “August: Osage County,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Spring Breakers,” “The Wind Rises,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” all netted a pair.

Notable individual nominees include double citations for Barkhad Abdi, Adele Exarchopoulos, and Lupita Nyong’o, all nominated in their acting categores and Most Promising Performer. As for those who may be on the fringe of the Oscar race, Brie Larson picked up a nomination for “Short Term 12,” Oscar Isaac landed one for “Inside Llewyn Davis,” James Franco was remembered for “Spring Breakers,” and both of the stars of “Blue is the Warmest Color” warranted recognition. Interesting technical nominations include “Prisoners” for Best Cinematography, “Blancanieves” for Best Original Score, and “Upstream Color” for Best Editing. The full list is below and the winners will be announced on Monday night at a CFCA Awards dinner.

12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave
Photo credit: Fox Searchlight

BEST PICTURE
12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis

BEST DIRECTOR
Joel & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Spike Jonze, Her
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
David O. Russell, American Hustle

BEST ACTOR
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
James Franco, Spring Breakers
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Scarlett Johansson, Her
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Lea Seydoux, Blue is the Warmest Color
June Squibb, Nebraska

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
American Hustle by Eric SInger & David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen
Her by Spike Jonze
Inside Llewyn Davis by Joel & Ethan Coen
Nebraska by Bob Nelson

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
12 Years A Slave by John Ridley
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
Before Midnight by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke
Philomena by Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope
The Wolf of Wall Street by Terrence Winter

Blue is the Warmest Color
Blue is the Warmest Color
Photo credit: IFC

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Hunt
Wadjda
The Wind Rises

BEST DOCUMENTARY
20 Feet from Stardom
The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Blackfish
Stories We Tell

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Croods
From Up on Poppy Hill
Frozen
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave
Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Hoyte Van Hoytema, Her
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Roger Deakins, Prisoners

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave
Alfonso de Vilallongo, Blancanieves
Steven Price, Gravity
Arcade Fire, Her
Cliff Martinez and Skrillex, Spring Breakers

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
12 Years A Slave
Gravity
The Great Gatsby
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis

BEST EDITING
Joe Walker, 12 Years A Slave
Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers, American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger, Gravity
Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Wolf of Wall Street

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Lake Bell
Ryan Coogler
Destin Cretton
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joshua Oppenheimer

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Barkhad Abdi
Chadwick Boseman
Adele Exarchopoulos
Lupita Nyong’o
Tye Sheridan

Note: HollywoodChicago.com writers Adam Fendelman, Patrick McDonald, and Brian Tallerico are all voting members of the CFCA. Mr. Tallerico is the Vice President.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

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