LA film critics opt for tie in top awards, 12 Years a Slave favorite elsewhere and Furnace flickers

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .


Best-of lists and critics honors are breaking out all over. I am still busy seeing movies so my list will have to wait a bit. 
Chris Nashawaty of EW magazine put “Out of the Furnace,” filmed in Braddock and nearby, on his top 10 list. He picked “Before Midnight” as No. 1 and slotted the made-in-Pittsburgh drama at number 8, just ahead of “All Is Lost.” 
His EW colleague, Owen Gleiberman, didn’t include it on his roster which had “12 Years a Slave” as No. 1. And Ann Hornaday at The Washington Post also picked “12 Years a Slave” as her No. 1. 
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association gathered today to vote on their awards. Variety reports there were 45 members in attendance with six voting by proxy. (That adds up to 51 so I’m not sure I understand how there were ties in a couple of categories unless some voters abstained or a tie is loosely defined.)
Without further ado, the association’s picks for 2013:
Picture:  (tie) “Gravity” and “Her.” 
Actor:  Bruce Dern, “Nebraska" (pictured above).
Runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave.”
Actress:  (tie)  Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine,” and Adele Exarchopoulos, “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” 
DallasBuyersClub5Supporting actor:  (tie) James Franco, “Spring Breakers,” and Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club" (pictured).
Supporting actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave.”
Runner-up: June Squibb, “Nebraska.”
Director:  Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity.”
Runner-up:  Spike Jonze, “Her.”
Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, “Before Midnight.” 
Runner-up:  Spike Jonze, “Her.” 
Foreign-language film: “Blue Is the Warmest Color.”
Runner-up: “The Great Beauty” (scheduled to open in Pittsburgh Dec. 27 at the Regent Square Theater).
Documentary/nonfiction film: “Stories We Tell.”
Runner-up: “The Act of Killing.”
Animation: “Ernest & Celestine.”
Runner-up: “The Wind Rises.”
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Gravity.”
Runner-up: Bruno Delbonnel, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Film editing: Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger, “Gravity.”
Runner-up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery, “Upstream Color.”
Production design: K.K. Barrett, “Her.”
Runner-up: Jess Gonchor, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Music score:  T Bone Burnett, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Runner-up:  Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett, “Her.”
Douglas E. Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: “Cabinets of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce.”
The awards will be handed out Jan. 11 at an LA hotel. More information at


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