With seven wins including three in key categories – Actress, Director, and Sci Fi/Horror film – Alfonso Cuaron’s blockbuster ‘Gravity’ was the big winner overall at last night’s gala Critics Choice Awards.
Actually the trophy side of the annual Broadcast Films Critics Association accolades, the Golden Globes like ceremony (they divide movies up by category, including Comedy, Action, and the above mentioned genre) honored 12 of 2013’s best, dishing out over 28 honors in the process. As reported by oulets like Vulture.com, Sandra Bullock was recognized for her work in the F/X heavy nailbiter, while Cuaron won for his work behind the lens. The movie also took in trophies for Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, and Score.
Former Oscar frontrunner ‘12 Years a Slave‘ walked away with three wins (Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o and John Ridley’s adapted screenplay) while ‘American Hustle’ continued its drive toward a possible upset with four nods. It won Best Comedy, Best Comedic Actress (Amy Adams), Best Hair and Make-up (no kidding – the whole film is a lesson in lame Me Decade clothing and coiffure decisions) and Best Ensemble. The rest of the acting awards went to Cate Blanchett for ‘Blue Jasmine,’ Leonardo DiCaprio for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ the dynamic duo of Jared Leto (Supporting Actor) and Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor) for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and – only at the CCA – Mark Wahlberg as Best Action Actor in ‘Lone Survivor’ (which also won Best Action Film).
Other multiple honorees included ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ (Best Foreign Film and Best Young Actor/Actress for Adele Exarchopoulos), ‘Frozen’ (Animated Film and Song), and ‘The Great Gatsby’ (Art Direction and Costume Design). Individuals wins were announced for ‘Her’ (Best Original Screenplay) and ’20 Feet From Stardom’ (Best Documentary).
Overall, The Critics Choice Awards tend to reflect the overall end of year approach, though the strong showing for ‘Gravity‘ is in stark contrast to its totals from the Golden Globes (one – for Cuaron) and more in line with its recent Oscar tally (where it racked up 10 nods). Sadly, the BFCA did little to clarify the upcoming Academy picture. Before the beginning of 2014, everyone believed ’12 Years’ was a shoe-in. Now, with both ‘Hustle’ and ‘Gravity’ making waves, it looks like a three-way race to March.