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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Adele Exarchopoulos, '12 Years a Slave' and Director Alfonso Cuarón Earn Top Honors at the Critics' Choice Awards

Adele Exarchopoulos
In not-an-Oscar-but-still-an-award news, the Critics Choice Award ceremony aired this evening. Hosted by Aisha Tyler (my BFF in my head), the show celebrated some of those who were nominated this morning for Oscars and Adele Exarchopoulos, the hailed young actress from the French film, Blue is the Warmest Color.

Lone Survivor, a film you may remember I was not too thrilled about, took home the award for best action film and action star (Mark Wahlberg). I can't even type that without laughing, but I will admit that the strongest element in the film is the action. So...congrats?

Special awards went to Forest Whitaker, who was honored with the Joel Siegel Award for his career and humanitarianism. Also, the talented Before trio accepted the Louis XIII Genius Award for the trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight). Benedict Cumberbatch earned the "Hollywood's hottest actor" honor...not sure what that even means but that he's in a lot of movies. So...yeah.

Some highlights:


  • Lupita Nyong'o not only won for her performance in 12 Years a Slave (and received a standing ovation), but she also looked like a goddess:

Lupita Nyong'o

  • The battle continues between 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, as they split the votes once again tonight winning both picture and best comedy, respectively. 
  • Meanwhile, Alfonso Cuarón, who won best director tonight, may do a sneak attack and win the Oscar over David O. Russell and Steve McQueen (That would be a pleasant surprise). 
  • 20 Feet From Stardom, an underdog documentary until this morning, won tonight and gained some serious momentum in the race. 
  • Lastly, it's beginning to look more and more like Frozen over The Wind Rises (I'm clearly still the only one broken up about this reality). 
Here is the full winners list:

BEST PICTURE
12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTOR
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
American Hustle

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Spike Jonze – Her

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity

BEST ART DIRECTION
Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator) – The Great Gatsby

BEST EDITING
Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger – Gravity

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Catherine Martin – The Great Gatsby

BEST MAKEUP
American Hustle

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Frozen

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Lone Survivor

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Mark Wahlberg – Lone Survivor

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Sandra Bullock – Gravity

BEST COMEDY
American Hustle

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Amy Adams – American Hustle

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
Gravity

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
20 Feet from Stardom

BEST SONG
Let It Go – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez – Frozen

BEST SCORE
Steven Price – Gravity

Joel Siegel Award
Forest Whitaker

Louis XIII Genius Award
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater for trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight

Hollywood's Hottest Star
Benedict Cumberbatch

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