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'12 Years a Slave' named Best Picture at 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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Fri, Jan 17th 2014 10:10 am
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards (The CW Network image)
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards (The CW Network image)

"Gravity" rockets to a record seven wins; "American Hustle" follows with four

The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the winners for the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Thursday, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show aired on The CW and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. A live pre-show aired in various local markets before the awards ceremony.

"Gravity" garnered seven wins: Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Cinematography to Emmanuel Lubezki, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing to Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Best Actress in An Action Movie for Sandra Bullock, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Score to Steven Price. The film set a record for most Critics' Choice Movie Award wins ever, topping 2010's "Inception" and 2009's "Avatar," which both had six wins.

"American Hustle" took home four awards: Best Comedy, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Hair and Makeup and Best Actress in a Comedy for Amy Adams. "12 Years a Slave" claimed three awards: Best Picture, as well as Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley. "The Great Gatsby" won two: Best Art Direction for Catherine Martin (production designer) and Beverley Dunn (set decorator), and Best Costume Design for Catherine Martin.

"Dallas Buyers Club" received two major awards: one for Best Actor, which went to Matthew McConaughey, the other going to Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor. The award for Best Actress went to Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), and Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue is the Warmest Color") took home Best Young Actor/Actress.

Leonardo DiCaprio took home an award for his role in "The Wolf of Wall Street" as Best Actor in a Comedy.

"Frozen" was awarded Best Animated Feature and Best Song for "Let It Go." Two awards also went to "Lone Survivor": Best Action Movie and Best Actor in an Action Movie for Mark Wahlberg. Additional winners include Best Original Screenplay to Spike Jonze for "Her"; Best Foreign Language Film to "Blue Is the Warmest Color"; and Best Documentary Feature to "20 Feet From Stardom."

As previously announced, Oprah Winfrey presented the Joel Siegel Award to Forest Whitaker for using his celebrity platform to do good works for others. McConaughey presented the "Before" trilogy principals, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, with the LOUIS XIII Genius Award for their "unprecedented demonstration of excellence in the cinematic arts."

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the U.S. and Canada, representing more than 280 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today's filmgoing public. Eligible films were released in 2013. The accounting firm of CMM, LLP tallied the written ballots.

Since its inception in 1995, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards has been a star-studded bellwether event of the movie awards season. Among the night's attendees were Barkhad Abdi, Jensen Ackles, Adams, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Blanchett, Abigail Breslin, Daniel Bruhl, Bullock, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Coogan, Bradley Cooper, Chris Cooper, Cuarón, Delpy, Bruce Dern, DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Exarchopoulos, Will Forte, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bill Hader, Tom Hanks, Hawke, Jonah Hill, Liam James, Jonze, Sir Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson, Leto, Juliette Lewis, Richard Linklater, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kellan Lutz, James Marsden, Melissa McCarthy, McConaughey, McQueen, Dermot Mulroney, Sophie Nelisse, Nyong'o, Bob Odenkirk, David O. Russell, Jared Padalecki, Jeremy Renner, Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, Sam Rockwell, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Tye Sheridan, Ian Somerhalder, Kevin Spacey, June Squibb, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mark Wahlberg, Isaiah Washington, Marlon Wayans, Whitaker and Winfrey.

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