The Awards Season Continues

30 Dec

Good morning. While the rest of us were scurrying about hunting for last minute Xmas gifts, putting finishing touches on decorations and sumptuous meals all the while worrying that our information might have been compromised when shopping at Target, the DFW Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society were handing out awards. I apologize for being a bit lax in reporting these things, but in my defense, there are three websites claiming to be the official home of the Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics, one of which has not been updated since last year’s awards, and I only found out about their latest honorees by chance. Still, here we go.

The Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics Association Winners:


^ Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave (PHOTO:


^ Best Actress – Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)


^ Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club; PHOTO: The Hot Zone)


^ Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)


^ Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Jared Leto

Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Foreign Film – Blue is the Warmest Color


Best Documentary – 20 Feet from Stardom (Yay!!!!) PHOTO:

Best Documentary: Twenty Feet From Stardom
Best Animated Film – Frozen
Best Screenplay – John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)


^ Russell Smith Award for Independent Filmmaking – Fruitvale Station, written and directed by Ryan Coogler; the film’s team of producers include Oscar winners Forest Whittaker and Octavia Spencer, who also appears as part of the on-camera talent. (PHOTO:

The Online Film Critics Society Winners:

Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave


^ Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Something tells me that, barring a wave of sentiment for Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Ejiofor will be duking it out against McConaughey for the Best Actor Oscar.

Best Actress – Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)


^ Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
I wonder if the Academy  will split Best Picture/Director honors like it did last year when Ang Lee won for the technically marvellous Life of Pi while Ben Affleck’s crackerjack real-life thriller Argo nabbed the Best Picture honors. I can imagine Cuarón being hailed for his expertise and innovation while the historic 12 Years a Slave captures the ultimate prize.


^ Best Supporting Actor – Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) PHOTO: Screen Fury
Two years ago Fassbender was widely hailed for multiple performances including Jane Campion’s take on Jane Eyre and Shame, from Steve Mc Queen who also directed 12 Years a Slave. In spite of all the recognition he received in 2011, he failed to find favor with the Academy. Now, he may very well be on his way to the Oscars thanks to his no-holds-barred performance as a crazed, pathetic slave owner.

Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Best Original Screenplay – Spike Jonze (Her)
Best Adapted Screenplay – 12 Years a Slave


Best Editing – Gravity
Best Cinematography – Gravity
Special Awards: Best Sound Design – Gravity; Best Visual Effects – Gravity

Best Animated Feature – The Wind Rises
Best Film Not in the English Language – Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
Best Documentary – The Act of Killing

What’s next? The National Society of Film Critics announces its picks in the coming weekend, the DGA noms are announced on January 7, and the Golden Globes, again hosted by the great team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, are held on January 12. Oscar nods will be unveiled on January 16. In between all that will be the Producers Guild, the Writers Guild, and the SAG awards.

Whew. Now, thanks for your consideration…

This should be the official DFW Film Critics Association site:

(^ Beware of imitators.)

Online Film Critics Society:

Thanks for your consideration…


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