New York critics happily do the 'American Hustle'

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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“American Hustle,” scheduled to open in Pittsburgh Dec. 20 (it was bumped today from Dec. 18), has been named best picture by the New York Film Critics Circle.
Members voted today and here are the winners: 
Cate-Blanchett - CopyBest Picture:  “American Hustle.”
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine.” 
Best Actor: Robert Redford, “All Is Lost.”
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle.” 
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Best Director: Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave.”
Best Screenplay:  “American Hustle.”
Best Animated Film:  “The Wind Rises.”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Blue is the Warmest Color.”
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): “Stories We Tell.”
Best First Film: Ryan Coogler, “Fruitvale Station.”
Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Special Award: Frederick Wiseman. 
In other news, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its shortlist of 15 documentaries in contention for the Oscar. They emerged from 147 films that qualified in the category. 
The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
   “The Act of Killing,” Final Cut for Real.
   “The Armstrong Lie,” The Kennedy/Marshall Company.
   “Blackfish,” Our Turn Productions.
   “The Crash Reel,” KP Rides Again.
   “Cutie and the Boxer,” Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic. 
   “Dirty Wars,” Civic Bakery.
   “First Cousin Once Removed,” Experiments in Time, Light & Motion.
   “God Loves Uganda,” Full Credit Productions and Motto Pictures.
   “Life According to Sam,” Fine Films.
   “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” Roast Beef Productions.
   “The Square,” Noujaim Films and Maktube Productions.
   “Stories We Tell,” National Film Board of Canada.
   “Tim’s Vermeer,” High Delft Pictures.
   “20 Feet from Stardom,” Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Productions. 
   “Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” Tripoli Street.
The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting.
Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles. They will be announced Jan. 16 with the Oscars handed out March 2. 

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