The New York Film Critics Online, Boston Society of Film Critics, LA Film Critics Association and Boston Online Film Critics Association have all handed their prizes for 2013, while the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association has joined the party late with only the nominations so far.
First things first, what do all these award and nom counts have in common? One name: “12 Years a Slave”. Steve McQueen’s tear-jerking slavery drama is becoming more and more of a frontrunner by the day, leading the DC noms and snatching three of four grand prizes, from the NY Critics Online and both Boston associations.
Meanwhile, the odd choices of the LA Film Critics are “Gravity” and “Her” (tied). No further love for “American Hustle” following last week’s bizarre pick of the New York Film Critics Circle? Nothing for “The Wolf of Wall Street”? Guess not, though the latter snub may have something to do with just a handful of people being able to check out the R-rated three-hour crime comedy as of now.
Back to oddities bound to make you think twice before casting those traditional, friendly, drinking game Oscar ballots, I can’t help but notice James Franco tying with Jared Leto for best supporting actor with the LA Film Critics Association. Or Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen splitting the directing prizes despite “12 Years a Slave” being so obviously the better movie.
Cate Blanchett looks unstoppable in the lead actress category, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jared Leto are unsurprisingly the men to beat in lead and supporting respectively and finally Lupita Nyong’o and June Squibb have their eyes set on the second most prestigious actress trophy, with Jennifer Lawrence weirdly left out of the mix. Don’t worry, J-Law, the Academy loves you, and so do we.