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Lupita Nyong’o, (from left), Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from ‘12 Years A Slave’. Fassbender was nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a motion picture, Nyong’o was nominated for best supporting actress in a motion picture and Ejiofor was nominated for best actor in a motion picture drama for their roles in the film last week (AP).
‘Slave’, ‘Hustle’ top critics’ nods Leading contenders Isaac, Jordan left out

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17, (Agencies): When Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” failed to win the best-picture awards voted by the New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association in early December, speculation swirled that the film might not be as formidable a critical favorite as initially thought. But now that a dozen critics’ groups have weighed in, “12 Years” has quietly become far and away the most-honored film, with eight best-film citations to two for “Her,” one for “American Hustle” and one tie between “Her” and “Gravity.” The pre-Civil War drama also has a significant lead in best-actor and best-supporting-actress awards, while McQueen is second to “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron in best-director honors.

In recent days, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Houston Film Critics Society, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle and the African-American Film Critics Association all went for “12 Years,” while Detroit and San Diego groups opted for “Her.” TheWrap has all of the critics’ awards listings here. In the best-director race, every award has gone to either McQueen or to Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity.” Cuaron has won seven and McQueen four, with one tie between the two.

In best actor citations, Chiwetel Ejiofor has won seven awards for “12 Years a Slave,” compared to one each for Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Forest Whitaker (“The Butler”), Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”) and Robert Redford (“All Is Lost”). For best actress, the seven awards and one tie for Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) far outstrip the three for Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), one for Brie Larson (“Short Term 12”) and one tie between Blanchett and Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”).

Jared Leto of “Dallas Buyers Club” and Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years” have substantial leads in the supporting races, with James Franco (“Spring Breakers”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”) a distant second in both categories. Historical drama “12 Years a Slave” and crime caper “American Hustle” topped the Critics’ Choice nominations announced Monday, confirming their frontrunner status in Hollywood’s annual awards season. Briton Steve McQueen was nominated for best director for “12 Years a Slave,” alongside David O. Russell for “American Hustle”. They are up against Alfonso Cuaron for spectacular 3D space drama “Gravity,” Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips,” Spike Jonze for “Her” and Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Critics’ Choice awards — sponsored by the Broadcast Film Critics Association — will be presented on January 16 — four days after the Golden Globes, and the same day nominees are announced for the Oscars, the culmination of Tinseltown’s awards season on March 2. “12 Years a Slave,” about a man sold into slavery in 19th century America, won most SAG nods last Wednesday with four, and a day later shared top place with “American Hustle” at the Golden Globes unveiling, with seven nominations each. With 10 best-picture nominees and six nominees in all four acting categories, as well as best director and a number of other categories, the nominations included most of the main Oscar competitors.

Best-picture nominees include “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “12 Years a Slave” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” all of which also received nominations for their directing.
Best-pic contenders without director nominations are “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska” and “Saving Mr. Banks.”
Because the CCMA has separate comedy, action-movie and sci-fi/horror categories, “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “Her” and “Nebraska” were eligible in fewer categories than “Gravity,” which also received nominations in the action and sci-fi categories, and “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which landed comedy nods.

Sandra Bullock received three nominations for two performances, a comedy-actress nod for “The Heat” and best-actress and action-actress noms for “Gravity.” Jennifer Lawrence received an action-actress nomination for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and a supporting-actress nom for “American Hustle,” while Christian Bale and James Gandolfini were nominated for “Hustle” and “Enough Said,” respectively, in both the acting and comedy-acting categories.
The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will take place on Jan. 16, about 10 hours after Oscar nominations are announced. For the second consecutive year, the show will take place at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA and will be broadcast on the CW Network.
Aisha Tyler will host the show.

The nominees:
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 Cuar­Žn, 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”

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