American Hustle triumphs at NYFCC awards

The awards season is starting to warm up. While the Academy Awards is still a few months away (March 2, 2014, is the due date), there are others who have begun handing out the awards to those whom they consider the best in the business. The one with the recent announcements has been the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC). It is quite an old group, founded back in 1935, and includes film critics from daily and weekly newspapers and magazines in the New York City. This year it has held its 79th edition of the awards! While these award shows usually act as precursors to the Oscars, they do generate added interest in the award-winning movies which are playing in the theatres, and such publicity cannot be a bad thing for the movie makers. Some movies which feature in the awards in fact have had only limited releases till then, and so the possibility of expanding theatres becomes real when the name of the film flashes alongside one of the “Best XYZ” award. This year’s NYFCC award list includes some veterans and loads of talent. Here is the complete list of winners for 2013.

Best Picture: American Hustle

Best Actor: Robert RedfordAll Is Lost

Best Actress: Cate BlanchettBlue Jasmine

Best Director: Steve McQueen12 Years a Slave

Best Screenplay: Eric Singer & David O. RussellAmerican Hustle

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer LawrenceAmerican Hustle

Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises

Best Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best First Film: Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station

Best Foreign Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color

Best Nonfiction Film (Documentary): Stories We Tell

Special Award: Frederick Wiseman

NYFCC_American Hustle

American Hustle took in the most awards this year, including Best Film, and these awards could be a good promotion for the film which will have a wide release in North America in a few weeks’ time. But would this translate into Oscars as well? For want of any better story to talk of, we decided to look at the NYFCC award list from 2012 and work out the number of award recipients that went on to win the Oscars as well. If you find this mark (*) opposite a winner, then it means we got an Oscar winner there. So here is how it had been in 2012.

 Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (*)

Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Screenplay: Tony KushnerLincoln

Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike and Bernie

Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln

Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie

Best Cinematographer: Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Foreign Film: Amour (*)

So the only links between NYFCC and the Oscars last year were Daniel Day-Lewis who won all there was to be won for playing an Abraham Lincoln that Lincoln himself would have been proud of, and the Austrian masterpiece Amour. If this is any indication of things to come, then American Hustle has a long way to go before it can claim to be favourites in the Oscars race. The people associated with the movies know this too, and so you gladly take home whichever award you receive without worrying about the next one. An award is a token of appreciation and recognition for the good work put in, and needs to be graciously accepted, be it by the critics of New York or a much wider jury. And who does not like to be part of the news headlines, eh!?


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