Here we go again. Another Oscar race with Director David O’Russell directing Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper and Robert Dinero, Apparently they are the only actors that can win him awards, so why change what works? If you think SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and AMERICAN HUSTLE worked. Both are the worst movies to ever be considered for best picture.

According to Variety, The movie follows a family across four generations, focusing on the real-life rags-to-riches story of Joy Mangano, a single mother of three who overcomes insurmountable obstacles to become the founder of a billion-dollar family empire after inventing the Miracle Mop. Cooper plays an executive at the Home Shopping Network who helps sell her product.

I indirectly worked with Joy Mangano when she first began selling the Miracle Mop on QVC. She did not start at the Home Shopping Network as mentioned by Variety. There is a quick shot of a QVC set mock up in the trailer.

The movie looks halfway decent, maybe because of my own personal interest. Some already have JOY predicted as best picture nominee, Jennifer Lawrence for best actress and Bradley Cooper for supporting.

JOY opens Christmas Day.


Just when you thought the movie awards were over. MTV announced their Movie Award nominations today.

Conan O’Brien will host the ceremony, which will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre on April 13 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on MTV.  You can vote at through April 12th.

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Wolf of Wall Street

• Amy Adams – American Hustle
• Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers
• Sandra Bullock – Gravity
• Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

• Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
• Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

• Liam James – The Way Way Back
• Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
• Will Poulter – We’re the Millers
• Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now

• Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams – American Hustle
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson – Don Jon
• James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens – Spring Breakers
• Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now
• Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter – We’re the Millers

• Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures) – Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell vs. James Marsden vs. Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Kanye West vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler vs. Jim Carrey and Marion Cotillard vs. Will Smith vs. Liam Neeson and John C. Reilly vs. Greg Kinnear
• Identity Thief (Universal Pictures) – Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy
• The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs
• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin vs. Mutant Monkeys
• This is the End (Columbia Pictures) – Jonah Hill vs. James Franco and Seth Rogen

• Kevin Hart – Ride Along
• Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Johnny Knoxville – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
• Melissa McCarthy – The Heat
• Jason Sudeikis – We’re the Millers

• Rose Byrne – Insidious: Chapter 2
• Jessica Chastain – Mama
• Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring
• Ethan Hawke – The Purge
• Brad Pitt – World War Z

• Amy Adams and Christian Bale – American Hustle
• Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
• Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6
• Ice Cube and Kevin Hart – Ride Along
• Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street

• Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers
• Sam Claflin – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Zac Efron – That Awkward Moment
• Chris Hemsworth – Thor: The Dark World

• Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures)
The Channel 4 News Team’s afternoon is no longer a delight as their speeding van filled with bowling balls, scorpions and hot oil takes a tumble on the highway.
• Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Paramount Pictures)
Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll manage to strike fear into a room full of unsuspecting beauty pageant-loving parents thanks to a bump n’ grind dance routine to a Warrant classic.
• Cameron Diaz – The Counselor (20th Century Fox)
Having sex in a car is pretty much a rite of passage, but having sex with a car? Cameron Diaz’s Malkina gets down and dirty with a bright yellow Ferrari to show the world how it’s done.
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
Leonardo DiCaprio’s iconic portrayal of excessive Wall Street player Jordan Belfort takes a turn for the insane when he takes his Lamborghini for a spin.
• Danny McBride and Channing Tatum – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
Danny McBride shows an apocalyptic world, and uncomfortable theater-goers everywhere, that there’s no better pet than a scantily-clad Channing Tatum.

• Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
• Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek into Darkness
• Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
• Mila Kunis – Oz The Great and Powerful
• Donald Sutherland – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

• Christian Bale – American Hustle
• Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Orlando Bloom – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
• Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
• Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

• Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
Spoiler alert! Backstreet Boys reunite in heaven to perform “Everybody” with signature boy band moves and flair for this unforgettable apocalyptic ending.
• Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
Lawrence cleans and dances her frustrations away as she mouths the words to 70s classic “Live and Let Die.”
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
During his wedding reception, DiCaprio’s fraudulent Jordan Belfort pops and locks it to Bo Diddley’s “Pretty Thing.”
• Melissa McCarthy – Identity Thief (Universal Pictures)
To ease the tension of stealing Sandy’s identity, McCarthy’s Diana shows her musical range as she attempts to sing along with the car radio — and even hits that high note in “Barracuda.”
• Will Poulter – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)
With eyes wide shut, Poulter’s Kenny Rossmore throws it back to the 90s with a hilarious rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

• Robert De Niro – American Hustle
• Amy Poehler and Tina Fey – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
• Kanye West – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
• Joan Rivers – Iron Man 3
• Rihanna – This is the End

• Henry Cavill as Clark Kent – Man of Steel
• Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man – Iron Man 3
• Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
• Chris Hemsworth as Thor – Thor: The Dark World
• Channing Tatum as John Cale – White House Down

2014 Oscar Logo

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street

With only a few days left before the Oscars, we are down to a 3 way race for Best Picture. GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE. The majority of Oscar pundits are predicting 12 YEARS A SLAVE for Picture and Alfonso Cuaron (GRAVITY) for Best Director. Picture and Director splits are rare, but they do happen. If there was any year for a split to happen, it would be this one. AMERICAN HUSTLE could be the upset. Remember 51% of Oscar voters have to put it at number 1.  If there is not a majority then they go to the film with the most number 2 votes that has the majority. It is possible that 12 YEARS and GRAVITY will be numbers 1 and 2, but not have the majority. That would then make their third choice, AMERICAN HUSTLE your Best Picture of 2014. Most agree that AMERICAN HUSTLE is the weakest movie of all the 9 nominees, but we know that Actors loved it and they make up the majority of voters. (ugh!).

With all of that said, I am still going with GRAVITY for Best Picture and Cuaron for Director. 12 YEARS A SLAVE is the better movie and The Academy would be breaking down the berriers that black film makers have been up against for the last 86 years. They actually can’t win in this situation. If they don’t choose 12 YEARS as the best of the year, they run the risk of looking racist. If they do vote it Best Picture it will be perceived as a “white guilt” vote. This makes GRAVITY the safe movie that The Academy loves to reward.

David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity”
Alexander Payne, Nebraska”
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Cuaron has won the most awards leading up to Oscar night including the DGA. His groundbreaking work on GRAVITY won’t be ignored.

Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

McConaughey has also won most of the precursor awards, but some say Bruce Dern is long overdue. I still think that McConaughey is a lock.

Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Blanchett has been the front-runner all year. The recent controversy with Woody Allen could keep her from winning.

American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club

HER has won every screenplay award that it has been nominated for this year. I expect it to continue, but AMERICAN HUSTLE still lurks.

Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

12 YEARS A SLAVE will take home some Oscars on Sunday night. I dont think that it will be completely shut-out.

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
June Squibb, Nebraska
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Nyong’o won the SAG, Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA. But for the love of god Lawrence has enough.

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

The Grandmaster
Inside Llewyn Davis

GRAVITY was made to win cinematography.

American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

AMERICAN HUSTLE will win a few. Costume could be one of those.

The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club J
12 Years a Slave

The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture

Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

John Williams, The Book Thief
Steven Price, Gravity
William Butler and Owen Pallett, Her
Alexandre Desplat, Philomena
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2
“Let It Go” from Frozen
“The Moon Song” from Her
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
12 Years a Slave

Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) Esteban Crespo
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

All of the Live Action Short nominees can now be seen on iTunes and VOD.

All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

With the Oscar ceremony just a little over a week away, the Best Picture race is down to 2. GRAVITY or 12 YEARS A SLAVE . GRAVITY will be the first 3D and most CGI intensive movie to ever win Best Picture. 12 YEARS will be the first film about slavery since GONE WITH THE WIND to win the award. I am in the minority for choosing GRAVITY to win Best Picture and I could very well be wrong, but here goes nothing.

GRAVITY– Currently the film to beat for Best Picture. The DGA win for Director Alfonso Cuarón all but seals the deal. The movie has won 6 BAFTA’s, 7 Critics Choice Awards,  the PGA (tied with 12 YEARS A SLAVE),  AFI’s Movie of the Year and Best Film at the Boston Society of Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics (tied with HER) more technical awards that are too many to name here. Statistically the winner of the PGA and DGA go on to win Best Picture. This is our best gauge at determining which film will win.  As Sasha Stone points out, “Best Picture is the movie that you can sit anyone down in front of and they will like it”.  This year that movie is GRAVITY.  The last 3 BP winners THE KINGS SPEECH, THE ARTIST and ARGO are all good films, but most importantly they are the least divisive. As with any front-runner there are some haters. People have been critical of the fact that there are only 2 characters and for most of the movie there is only 1. GRAVITY is like a theme park ride. You don’t enjoy them for their “plots”, you enjoy them for “the experience”.  In the case of GRAVITY, the only way to experience it fully is to see it in IMAX 3D. Years from now when it is only available to watch at home, some may wonder how it won Best Picture. But, with all that said GRAVITY is the future of movie making.  95% of the film takes place in zero gravity with the first scene being a 13-minute uncut tracking shot in space. This will go down as one of the greatest scenes in a movie ever. GRAVITY also remains the highest rated movie of 2013 with 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Put that together with all the precursor awards and you have yourself this years Oscar winner for Best Picture.

12 YEARS A SLAVE– An all around better film than GRAVITY, but just too divisive to win Best Picture.  Some Oscar voters openly admit to not even watching the movie. It is “too violent” or too depressing. One even calling it “torture porn”.  Sure 12 YEARS A SLAVE is hard to watch and reminds us that the United States wasn’t always the “home of the free” that we like to pretend it always was.  So goes why many of the old white guys in the Academy will choose to ignore it.  If Steve McQueen goes on to win Best Director he will be the first black Director to ever win this award, EVER! While I don’t think that 12 YEARS should win based on the race of the Director, it an  opportunity to award a great film and make history at the same time. No I don’t think Oscar voters are racist, but they like what they like and when they see it they all gather around like children to a pile of candy. I don’t that same passion around 12 YEARS A SLAVE. Sure it tied with GRAVITY for the PGA, but GRAVITY won the more important DGA.  12 YEARS A SLAVE needs full support to win the Oscar.  Remember 51% of Oscar voters have to have 12 YEARS A SLAVE as their number one movie of the year for it to win. (if it goes to a 2nd or 3rd round, it has to be number 2 or 3 on their list). But, It is not all bad news for 12 YEARS it did win the Best Film at BAFTA , Best Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes, Best Picture at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and Outstanding Picture at the Image Awards. The movie will take home a few Oscar statues. It could win for Screenplay, Set Design and of course  Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress. (God help us if it is Jennifer Lawrence). Best Picture could be just out of reach for 12 YEARS A SLAVE.

AMERICAN HUSTLE-There still seems to be some support for AMERICAN HUSTLE.  I hated AMERICAN HUSTLE and I still don’t understand the awards attention.  It was the same last with David O’Russell’s other mess of a movie SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.  The only explanation is the strong acting ensemble of Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner. I am not including Bradley Cooper, he is terrible. The others are the only part that make this movie worth watching. The fact that it still could win Best Picture is beyond comprehension. This anticlimactic actors orgy does not know which direction to go. It is so quickly wound up at the end that I had no idea what just happened.  But, remember the Academy likes what they like and they like AMERICAN HUSTLE.  Especially Actors who make up a majority of the 6500 Oscar voters.  It’s possible that GRAVITY and 12 YEARS A SLAVE will not get the 51% of number one votes needed to win. If that’s the case they go to the number two votes and, god forbid, number 3. Number 3 would be AMERICAN HUSTLE. It still has an impressive 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and has won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay, the SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture ans Best Comedy and Best Acting Ensemble at the Broadcast Film Critics Awards. All in all it received 87 movie awards nominations.  WTF!

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET– My personal favorite movie of the last decade.  Martin Scorsese brilliantly directs this fast paced epic about how low a wealthy stockbroker can go. Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort is by far the best performance of the year. Sorry Matthew McConaughey even losing 46 pounds doesn’t outdo DiCaprio. But, WOLF OF WALL STREET is another film that is too divisive to win. Critics had lots of complaints. There was too much debauchery and it couldn’t possibly represent real life. Guess what?  It does.  It was called a soulless movie with nobody to root for.  Oscar voter Hope Holiday, an actress that hasn’t worked in 25 years called THE WOLF OF WALL STREET “three hours of torture” and yelled “you ought to be ashamed of yourself!”to Scorsese after n Oscar screening. If you know anything about Scorsese, you would understand that his intention was not to make a movie that sympathizes with Belfort.  He was purposefully portraying the maniac that Belfort was. Hope Holiday is the typical Oscar voter that we are dealing with.  Consequently GRAVITY, the least offensive movie of 2014, will win Best Picture.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB– Not many can complain about this film or the performance of Matthew McConaughey. He lost 46 pounds to portray the story of a man with AIDS and his courage to help others suffering the same fate. McConaughey worked 20 years to get this movie made.  So, the Academy will honor him with the Best Actor award and the mush deserving Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor.  In a competitive year like this, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB doesn’t have the support needed to win Best Picture.

HER– When trailers first cam out for HER it looked like a ridiculous premise. A guy falls in love with an operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson. But then people started to notice that HER was different. Joaquin Phoenix believably played a guy in the future who could feel for the woman on his computer. It takes place in world where many are doing the same. Director Spike Jones composes one of the best looking movies of the year. The shots of futuristic Los Angeles, actually shot in Shanghai, could each stand on their own as photograph. The idea that someday we will all be wearing our pants well our above our waist is a nice subtle touch that could easily go unnoticed. HER has won every award that it has been nominated for. Mostly for Screenplay. It is another movie that can’t compete with the likes of GRAVITY or 12 YEARS A SLAVE, but this little film that could deserves a nomination.

NEBRASKA-Alexander Payne is one of the greatest Directors of our time. His passion for showing “real life” people doing “real life” things is extraordinary. His decision to shoot the entire film in black and white adds to the depressing feels of NEBRASKA.  BRUCE DERN plays an old guy trying to get to NEBRASKA to collect his $1million promised to him by Publishers Clearing House.  At the heart of NEBRASKA is man and his son trying to make sense of their life ahead as well as his past left behind. Will Forte has mysteriously been left out of acting nominations. Bruce Dern and the brilliant June Squibb are both nominated in supporting actor categories. NEBRASKA certainly deserves the nomination for Best Picture and there is still nothing wrong with a nomination.

PHILOMENA-At the time of this writing I have yet to see PHILOMENA. It started strong at the Venice Film Festival by winning 10 awards including the Golden Lion. It had 3 Golden Globe nominations, but didn’t take any home. It won the BAFTA for Best Adapted screenplay and now has 4 Oscar nominations. Judi Dench is the reason for most of PHILOMENA’s awards attention and there is nothing wrong with that.  None of the “Oscarologists” have PHILOMENA winning Best Picture, but of course it is an honor to just be nominated.


The BAFTA awards air tonight at 10pm EST on BBC America.  Warning! The winners are posted below.

The 67th annual British Academy Film Awards (Britain’s equivalent of the Oscar) were held today at London’s Royal Opera House.  Nobody really paid attention to the BAFTA’s when they were held after the Oscars. In the year 2000 they moved them to before the Oscar ceremony and they have become the last predictor of the Academy Awards.  Since then, they have chosen 7 out of the last 12 Best Picture winners. One reason could be that Many of the BAFTA’s 6500 members also vote in the Oscars.

GRAVITY took home the most awards with 6.  AMERICAN HUSTLE won 3 and 12 YEARS A SLAVE won 2. They went with the Director/Picture split that most are saying will happen at the Oscars. 12 YEARS for Best Picture and Alfonso Cuarón for Best Director.

The biggest travesty was Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Supporting Actress over Lupita Nyong’o.  God help us if this happens on Oscar night! And AMERICAN HUSTLE wins for Best Original Screenplay? I thought there had to be a screenplay to win!

Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave
Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress – Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor – Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Supporting Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Best Adapted Screenplay – Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
Best Original Screenplay – American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Best Cinematography – Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Documentary – The Act of Killing
Best Animated Feature – Frozen
Best Music – Gravity, Steven Price
Best British Film – Gravity
Best Editing – Rush
Best Production Design – The Great Gatsby
Best Costume Design – The Great Gatsby
Best Sound – Gravity
Best Hair & Make – American Hustle
Best British Short, Live Action – Room 8
Best British Short, Animation – Sleeping with the Fishes
Outstanding British Debut – Kelly & Victor
BAFTA Rising Star – Will Poulter


The Hollywood Foreign Press is a lighthearted bunch. They love movie stars and nominate the biggest to get them to attend. They hand out expensive booze and food. It’s one big drunken celebration. Completely opposite the stuffy Oscar ceremony. This is why I am predicting a complete shut out of 12 YEARS A SLAVE.  The one thing that can really drag a party down is slavery. They respect the movie enough to nominate it, but they don’t want it to ruin their night. I could be completely wrong on this and I hope that I am, but here is how I think it will go:

Best Picture, Drama- Gravity

Picture, Musical-Comedy,American Hustle

Actor, Drama: Robert Redford,All is Lost (they love them big movie stars)

Actor, Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio,The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett,Blue Jasmine

Best Actress Comedy/Musical:Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Screenplay: American Hustle

Animate Feature: Frozen

Foreign Film: Blue is the Warmest Colour

Score: Gravity

Best Song: Let it Go

Television for Extra Credit
Drama Series: House of Cards
TV Drama, Actor: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
TV Drama Actress:Kerry Washington, Scandal
Comedy Series: The Big Bang Theory
Comedy Actor: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Comedy Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
TV Miniseries: Behind the Candelabra
Miniseries Actor: Michael Doulgas, Behind the Candelabra
Actress Miniseries: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Supporting Actor: Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Supporting Actress: Hayden Panettiere, Nashville


Just when 12 YEARS A SLAVE was the film to beat for Best Picture, along comes the New York Film Critics who think that AMERICAN HUSTLE is the Best Picture of the year.  The NYFCC may not directly influence the Oscar race, but they do stir things up. Last year at this time most were sure that LINCOLN was a sure thing, much like this year with 12 YEARS A SLAVE. Then they chose ZERO DARK THIRTY as there Best Picture. Many began to reconsider their picks. Then of course the torture backlash hurt any chances ZDT had at a win. That is the risk of being the front-runner so early. Everyone is looking for a way to bring it down and believe me people are going to trash AMERICAN HUSTLE. There is no way to tell if AMERICAN HUSTLE will win Best Picture, but this win guarantees that it will be part of the race.

All of the New York Film Critics Winners:

Best Picture: American Hustle

Best Actor: Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises

Best Screenplay: American Hustle

Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best First Film: Fruitvale Station

Best Documentary: Stories We Tell