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@ the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

by Sean Au
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Friday Jan 17, 2014
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Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey  (Source:Associated Press)

"Alright! Alright! Alright!"

This must be the catch phrase at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Thursday night as the two main actors of "Dallas Buyers Club," Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, picked up acting awards.

Considering the track record of past winners of these acting awards, this boosts their chances of repeating their triumphs at the Oscars in March. Leto was quoting from McConaughey’s early career stoner flick "Dazed and Confused" when he accepted his best supporting actor award. Later, Jessica Chastain who presented the best actor trophy, repeated the phrase as she was announcing McConaughey’s name for the win.

Leto was smart, yet heartfelt in paying tribute to many in his acceptance speech. "I’d like to dedicate this incredible honor to all the people around the world that are living with HIV... all of the people that have lost their lives to this horrific disease and all of the people that are fighting to change the way that people that have HIV/AIDS are treated. To them, I thank you."


Lupita Nyong’o  

McConaughey took the occasion to garner more support for the film, emphasizing the long process to get the film financed. Even then, the limited budget meant the film had to be completed in twenty-five days. He reminded the audience of his decision to take the risk of playing edgier roles, and that he was prepared that "it’s going to be dry for a while."

The other LGBT-themed movie that won big with the movie critics is "Blue Is The Warmest Color." The three-hour French drama that chronicles a lesbian relationship from its inception to its breakdown, was a star-making vehicle for newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos, who won the best young actor/actress award. It also won best foreign language film, beating Italy’s "The Great Beauty," which won the Golden Globe in the same category and is the front-runner for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. (Due to submission rules for that category, "Blue Is The Warmest Color" was never in the running.)

Matching winners’ list of the Golden Globes, which was announced the weekend before the Critics’ Choice, it has become clearer which films would march into the Oscars as favorites. "American Hustle" now has strong momentum after winning best comedy at both awards and picking up best acting ensemble at the Critics’ Choice. It remains to be seen if it can beat "Gravity" for best director and "12 Years a Slave" for best picture.


Amy Adams  (Source:Associated Press)

Much has been said about the horrendous comb-over and perms in "American Hustle," whether they have become a character in the well-received comedy. Well, the conversation continues after the film won best hair and makeup.

While Cate Blanchett remains a shoo-in for best actress at the Oscars after picking up yet another trophy here, the only guessing game in the film acting category is in the best supporting actress category, where Lupita Nyong’o of "12 Years a Slave" beat Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence of "American Hustle."

Other actors awarded by the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), were Sandra Bullock for best actress in an action movie for "Gravity," Mark Wahlberg for best actor in an action movie for "Lone Survivor," Amy Adams for best actress in a comedy for "American Hustle," and Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor in a comedy for "The Wolf of Wall Street."

In categories unique to the Critics’ Choice, "Lone Survivor" was named best action movie and "Gravity" best sci-fi/horror movie. "Gravity" further won best visual effects, best cinematography, best editing and best score. With a total of seven trophies, it is the most feted movie in Critics’ Choice history.


Cate Blanchett  (Source:Associated Press)

Screenplay awards are given to "Her" and "12 Years a Slave." Disney’s "Frozen" was named best animated feature and also won best original song for "Let It Go." Other winners include "The Great Gatsby" with wins in art direction and costume design and "20 Feet From Stardom" for best documentary.

Host Aisha Tyler, while bringing on her gorgeous charms, had a few hits and misses with her jokes. The best lines? She called the ceremony "a night for a bunch of people who absolutely hate movies telling you which movies they hated the least." And warmed up the audience with "I’m only gonna pay attention to the [actors] I’d like to sleep with ... what’s up, Bruce Dern?"

In a highlight of the evening, Oprah Winfrey presented Forest Whitaker with the Joel Siegel Award for his humanitarian work in Africa, while director Richard Linklater, actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke were jointly given the Louis XIII Genius Award for their work in the "Before" trilogy. The trio gave an improv acceptance speech that sounded like a shouting match but Hawke had the best line when he joked that the "Before" series are the worst-grossing trilogy in cinema history.


Alfonso Cuaron  (Source:Associated Press)

19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINEES AND WINNERS

BEST PICTURE
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Saving Mr. Banks
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale - American Hustle
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
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Judi Dench - Philomena
Brie Larson - Short Term 12
Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl - Rush
Bradley Cooper - American Hustle
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
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
Julia Roberts - August: Osage County
June Squibb - Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey - Lee Daniels’ The Butler

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Asa Butterfield - Ender’s Game
Adele Exarchopoulos - Blue Is the Warmest Color
Liam James - The Way Way Back
Sophie Nelisse - The Book Thief
Tye Sheridan - Mud

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Nebraska
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips
Spike Jonze - Her
Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell - American Hustle
Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street

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

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Tracy Letts - August: Osage County
Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke - Before Midnight
Billy Ray - Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope - Philomena
John Ridley - 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter - The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki - Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel - Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael - Nebraska
Roger Deakins - Prisoners
Sean Bobbitt - 12 Years a Slave

BEST ART DIRECTION
Andy Nicholson (Production Designer), Rosie Goodwin (Set Decorator) - Gravity
Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator) - The Great Gatsby
K.K. Barrett (Production Designer), Gene Serdena (Set Decorator) - Her
Dan Hennah (Production Designer), Ra Vincent (Set Decorator) - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Alice Baker (Set Decorator) - 12 Years a Slave

BEST EDITING
Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers - American Hustle
Christopher Rouse - Captain Phillips
Alfonso CuarĂ³n, Mark Sanger - Gravity
Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill - Rush
Joe Walker - 12 Years a Slave
Thelma Schoonmaker - The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Michael Wilkinson - American Hustle
Catherine Martin - The Great Gatsby
Bob Buck, Lesley Burkes-Harding, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Daniel Orlandi - Saving Mr. Banks
Patricia Norris - 12 Years a Slave

BEST MAKEUP
American Hustle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Rush
12 Years a Slave

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek into Darkness

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

BEST ACTION MOVIE
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Iron Man 3
Lone Survivor
Rush
Star Trek into Darkness

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Henry Cavill - Man of Steel
Robert Downey Jr. - Iron Man 3
Brad Pitt - World War Z
Mark Wahlberg - Lone Survivor

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Evangeline Lilly - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Gwyneth Paltrow - Iron Man 3

BEST COMEDY
American Hustle
Enough Said
The Heat
This Is the End
The Way Way Back
The World’s End

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Christian Bale - American Hustle
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
James Gandolfini - Enough Said
Simon Pegg - The World’s End
Sam Rockwell - The Way Way Back

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Amy Adams - American Hustle
Sandra Bullock - The Heat
Greta Gerwig - Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Enough Said
Melissa McCarthy - The Heat

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
The Conjuring
Gravity
Star Trek into Darkness
World War Z

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Blue Is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
Wadjda

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Act of Killing
Blackfish
Stories We Tell
Tim’s Vermeer
20 Feet from Stardom

BEST SONG
Atlas - Coldplay - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Happy - Pharrell Williams - Despicable Me 2
Let It Go - Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez - Frozen
Ordinary Love - U2 - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Please Mr. Kennedy - Justin Timberlake/Oscar Isaac/Adam Driver - Inside Llewyn Davis
Young and Beautiful - Lana Del Rey - The Great Gatsby

BEST SCORE
Steven Price - Gravity
Arcade Fire - Her
Thomas Newman - Saving Mr. Banks
Hans Zimmer - 12 Years a Slave

Joel Siegel Award
Forest Whitaker

Louis XIII Genius Award
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater for trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight

Hollywood’s Hottest Star
Benedict Cumberbatch


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