Friday, April 18, 2014

The Denver Film Critics Society honored director Alfonso Cuaron’s space-based saga “Gravity” as 2013‘s best movie.

The film snared the coveted Best Picture award as well as honors for Best Director, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film and Best Score.

“Even critics who thought other films were more deserving of Best Picture status saw how ‘Gravity’ will influence a generation of filmmakers on how to fuse storytelling with special effects,” said DFCS co-director Christian Toto.

“Dallas Buyers Club,” the true story of an AIDS patient who refused to stop looking for a cure, earned two key actors’ awards for Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor) and Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor).

The group’s two new categories – Best Comedy and Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film – gave overdue praise to genres often overlooked during awards season, while the crowd-pleasing “Frozen” earned Best Animated Film and Best Song honors.

The Denver Film Critics Society includes members from across Colorado working for print, radio and web outlets. Final voting was conducted from Jan. 9-12, 2014.

THE 2013 DFCS AWARD WINNERS:

 

BEST PICTURE: “Gravity”

BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

BEST ACTOR: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

BEST ANIMATED FILM: “Frozen”

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR FILM: “Gravity”

BEST COMEDY: “This Is the End”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: David O. Russell and Eric Singer, “American Hustle”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Terence Winter, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

BEST DOCUMENTARY: “The Act of Killing”

BEST SONG: “Let It Go,” Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Frozen”

BEST SCORE: “Gravity,” Steven Price

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: “The Grandmaster”

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The Denver Film Critics Society honored “12 Years a Slave,” the harrowing true story of a free black man sold into slavery, with more nominations than any other 2013 film.

“Slave” earned seven nominations from the Colo.-based group, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor. “American Hustle” and “Gravity” scored six nominations each, while “Captain Phillips” received five nominations.

DFCS will announce the winners Jan. 13, 2014.

The complete list of DFCS nominations:

Best Picture:

* “American Hustle”
* “Captain Phillips”
* “Gravity”
* “12 Years a Slave”
* “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Director:

* Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
* Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
* Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
* David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
* Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor:

* Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
* Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
* Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
* Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
* Christian Bale, “American Hustle”

Best Actress:

* Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
* Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
* Brie Larson, “Short Term 12“
* Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
* Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Best Supporting Actor:

* James Franco, “Spring Breakers”
* Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
* Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
* Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
* Woody Harrelson, “Out of the Furnace”

Best Supporting Actress:

* Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
* Octavia Spencer, “Fruitvale Station”
* June Squibb, “Nebraska”
* Oprah Winfrey, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
* Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Animated Film:

* “Frozen”
* “Despicable Me 2“
* “The Wind Rises”
* “Monsters University”
* “The Croods”

Best Science Fiction/Horror Film:

* “The Conjuring”
* “Gravity”
* “Pacific Rim”
* “Star Trek into Darkness”
* “Man of Steel”

Best Comedy:

* “This Is the End”
* “The World’s End”
* “Don Jon”
* “Much Ado About Nothing”
* “The Way, Way Back”

Best Original Screenplay:

* “American Hustle”
* “Enough Said”
* “Inside Llewyn Davis”
* “Blue Jasmine”
* “Gravity”

Best Adapted Screenplay:

* “12 Years a Slave”
* “The Wolf of Wall Street”
* “Captain Phillips”
* “Philomena”
* “Before Midnight”

Best Documentary:

* “Blackfish”
* “The Act of Killing”
* “20 Feet from Stardom”
* “Cutie and the Boxer”
* “Stories We Tell”

Best Original Song:

* “Let It Go,” “Frozen”
* “Young & Beautiful,” “The Great Gatsby”
* “Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
* “Atlas,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
* “Please Mr. Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Best Score:

* “12 Years a Slave,” Hans Zimmer
* “Gravity,” Steven Price
* “Man of Steel,” Hans Zimmer
* “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Howard Shore
* “Frozen,” Christophe Beck

Best Foreign Language Film:

* “The Great Beauty”
* “The Hunt”
* “The Grandmaster”
* “Blue is the Warmest Color”
* “The Broken Circle Breakdown”

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DFCS Members Pick the Year’s Best Films

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It’s a film critic’s duty to compile a “Best of” movie list this time each year. Please check out some of our members’ selections for the very best films released over the past 12 months. Jonathan Lack weighs in not once but twice on his favorite film releases. Barry Wurst knows the Terrence Malick film “To [...]

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Denver Film Critics Society 2011 Award Winners

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Denver Film Critics Society 2011 Award Nominations

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