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This film image released by CBS Films shows (from left), Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver in a scene from ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’
‘Llewyn Davis’ wins critics award ‘August’, ‘Mandela’ triumph at Capri festival

NEW YORK, Jan 5, (RTRS): “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the Coen brothers’ tale of a struggling folk singer in early 1960s Greenwich Village, was named the year’s best film by the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday, with star Oscar Isaac winning best actor and the filmmaking brothers sharing the award for best director. The group, made up of 56 prominent movie critics from newspapers, magazines and other media outlets nationwide, chose Cate Blanchett as best actress for Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” in which she plays the troubled wife of a financial fraudster. Best supporting actress went to Jennifer Lawrence for the 1970s-set “American Hustle,” and James Franco won best supporting actor for his portrayal of a gangster drug dealer in the comic drama “Spring Breakers.”

In choosing “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the critics broke away from choices by other groups such as the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle, which respectively chose the quirky “Her” and “American Hustle” as best film. Earlier this week, the Producers Guild left the well-reviewed film off its list of nominees for the year’s best film. In the film, which also won the critics’ prize for best cinematography and also stars Carey Mulligan, Isaac plays the title character Llewyn Davis, a struggling folk musician on a weeklong odyssey set against a musical score of T-Bone Burnett.

The film was chosen as the year’s best by the Boston Society of Film Critics and is nominated for several Golden Globe awards, including best musical or comedy. The critics awards are among the last in the run-up to the Oscar nominations, to be announced on Jan 16 in Los Angeles. The Academy Awards ceremony is slated for March 2. Joel and Ethan Coen are a filmmaking team known for producing, writing and directing movies from their 1984 debut “Blood Simple,” “Fargo” and “True Grit” to their Oscar winning best picture, “No Country For Old Men.” In other awards, the critics chose the lesbian-theme drama “Blue Is the Warmest Color” as best foreign-language film, and declared a tie in the nonfiction, or documentary category.

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“The Act of Killing,” about septuagenarian Indonesian mass murderer Anwar Congo, in which Indonesian gangsters reenact killings they participated in during the mid-1960s anti-Communist purge, shared the prize with “At Berkeley,” Frederick Wiseman’s look at the northern California university.
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke shared the best screenplay prize for “Before Midnight,” the third film in the romantic series starring Delpy and Hawke. “Leviathan” took the experimental film prize. Special film heritage honors went to the Museum of Modern Art, the British Film Institute, the DVD “American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive,” and “Too Much Johnson,” the surviving reels of Orson Welles’ debut film which were discovered by Cinemazero (Pordenone) and Cineteca del Friuli, funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation and restored by the George Eastman House.

The Weinstein Company’s “August: Osage County” has won four awards including “‘Best Film of the Year” at the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival, which celebrated its 18th edition this year. TWC has now won the top prize for four consecutive years thanks to “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Artist” and “The King’s Speech.” Oscar winners Meryl Streep won Best Actress and Chris Cooper received the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while the cast, which includes Streep, Cooper, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham, won the 2013 Best Acting Ensemble of the Year Award.

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” won three awards including Best Actor for Idris Elba, Best Supporting Actress for Naomie Harris and Best Song for Us “Ordinary Love.” Elba and Harris collected the film’s awards on Dec 30 following its Italian premiere. Additionally, David O. Russell was named Best Director for “American Hustle,” while he and co-writer Eric Warren Singer won Best Original Screenplay. Michael Fassbender and John Ridley won Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, respectively, for “12 Years a Slave.” The Capri Audience Award went to Disney’s “Saving Mr Banks” and the Best Animated Feature Award went to DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods.”

The Capri Visionary Movie Award went to director Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” which received a Golden Globe nomination and is on the shortlist for a foreign language Oscar nomination. Other awards went to Valeria Golino as European Actress of the Year and to Riccardo Scamarcio and Emily Ratajkowski (UK) as Capri Rising Stars. “This year’s Festival was a huge success. We screened an amazing array of first class international movies, many of which were Italian premieres. The competition was strong in all categories, the winners are justly deserving of the honors that they have received and we congratulate them for their extraordinary contributions to the art of motion pictures. We also sincerely thank all of the producers and distributors who made their wonderful films available to us,” said Pascal Vicedomini, Capri, Hollywood founder and producer.

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