2013 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 13th, 2013 by SFFCC

 

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named 12 YEARS A SLAVE the Best Picture of 2013, and its star Chiwetel Ejiofor as Best Actor for his performance as Solomon Northup, a free man pressed into captivity in 1850s America. Meeting at the Variety Club Preview Room on Market Street in San Francisco, the group of 31 Bay Area film critics discussed the merits of the year’s films and performances. In the end, a consensus was reached that Steve McQueen’s powerful account of Northup’s autobiography—also winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley—was the year’s most impressive cinematic achievement.

Nonetheless, GRAVITY collected the most awards—four in all—for its own stellar achievements. Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director honors, as well as sharing Best Film Editing with Mark Sanger. The visually stunning story of an astronaut’s survival in terrifying circumstances also won over the S.F. critics in the categories of Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and Best Production Design (Andy Nicholson).

Best Actress Cate Blanchett dazzled the San Francisco voters with her performance as the titular fallen socialite in Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE while Best Supporting acting awards went to Jennifer Lawrence as troubled, troublesome wife Rosalyn Rosenfeld in AMERICAN HUSTLE and James Franco as the wild man Alien in SPRING BREAKERS.

Among the other honorees: Best Documentary THE ACT OF KILLING, which creatively exposed the recent-history evil of Indonesian death-squad thugs, Best Foreign Language Picture BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, a French story of first love in a lesbian relationship, and Best Animated Feature FROZEN, Disney’s entertaining musical take on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.”

As per tradition, the group issued a Special Citation to celebrate an under-the-radar film, in this case Andrew Bujalski’s ‘80s throwback COMPUTER CHESS. The annual Marlon Riggs Award, honoring courage and innovation in the world of Bay Area film, this year is shared by Ryan Coogler, in honor of local story FRUITVALE STATION, and Christopher Statton for his inspiring work on behalf of the independent Roxie Theater.

Best Picture

AMERICAN HUSTLE
GRAVITY
NEBRASKA
WINNER – 12 YEARS A SLAVE
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Director

WINNER – Alfonso Cuaron, GRAVITY
Spike Jonze, HER
Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
David O. Russell, AMERICAN HUSTLE
Martin Scorsese, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Actor

Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
Leonardo DiCaprio, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
WINNERChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Matthew McConaughey, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Robert Redford, ALL IS LOST

Best Actress

WINNER – Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE
Sandra Bullock, GRAVITY
Judi Dench, PHILOMENA
Adele Exarchopolous, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12
Meryl Streep, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Michael Fassbender, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Harrison Ford, 42
Will Forte, NEBRASKA
WINNERJames Franco, SPRING BREAKERS
Jared Leto, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER – Jennifer Lawrence, AMERICAN HUSTLE
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Lea Seydoux, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION
June Squibb, NEBRASKA

Best Screenplay, Original

WINNER – AMERICAN HUSTLE, Eric Singer and David O. Russell
GRAVITY, Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron
HER, Spike Jonze
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Joel and Ethan Coen
NEBRASKA, Bob Nelson

Best Screenplay, Adapted

BEFORE MIDNIGHT, Richard Linklater; Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
PHILOMENA, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
THE SPECTACULAR NOW, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
WINNER – 12 YEARS A SLAVE, John Ridley
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Terence Winter

Best Cinematography

WINNER – GRAVITY, Emmanuel Lubezki
HER, Hoyte Van Hoytema
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Bruno Delbonnel
NEBRASKA, Phedon Papamichael
12 YEARS A SLAVE, Sean Bobbitt

Best Production Design

AMERICAN HUSTLE, Judy Becker
WINNER – GRAVITY, Andy Nicholson
HER, K. K. Barrett
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Jess Gonchor
12 YEARS A SLAVE, Adam Stockhausen

Best Editing

ALL IS LOST, Pete Beaudreau
AMERICAN HUSTLE, Alan Baumgarten; Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Christopher Rouse
WINNER – GRAVITY, Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger
12 YEARS A SLAVE, Joe Walker
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Thelma Schoonmaker

Best Animated Feature

THE CROODS
DESPICABLE ME
WINNER – FROZEN
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
THE WIND RISES

Best Foreign Language Picture

WINNER – BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
A HIJACKING
THE HUNT
THE PAST
WADJDA

Best Documentary

WINNER – THE ACT OF KILLING
THE ARMSTRONG LIE
BLACKFISH
STORIES WE TELL
TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

(6 nominations in a category indicates a tie)

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Ryan Coogler for putting a human face to murder victim Oscar Grant in FRUITVALE STATION and to former Roxie Theater executive director Christopher Statton for putting the Roxie onto more solid ground by transforming it into a nonprofit enterprise.

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
COMPUTER CHESS, Andrew Bujalski’s comedy merges documentary techniques and old video technologies to make light of the ’80s race to build a winning computer-chess program.

 

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