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NY Film Critics Online Pick Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE as Best Film of 2013

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The New York Film Critics Online picked Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE as Best Film of 2013. In other nods to the film, Chiwetel Ejiofor was named Best Actor, and Lupita Nyong'o was named Best Supporting Actress. THE ACT OF KILLING directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, and an anonymous co-director was picked as Best Documentary and BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR was named Best Foreign Language Film.

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METRO MANILA is Big Winner at British Independent Film Awards

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METRO MANILA was the big winner at the 16th Moët British Independent Film Awards, picking up three trophies, including Best British Independent Film and Best Director for the film’s director Sean Ellis.  Lindsay Duncan won Best Actress for LE WEEK-END and James McAvoy won Best Actor for FILTH. Imogen Poots collected her BIFA for Best Supporting Actress for THE LOOK OF LOVE and Ben Mendelsohn took home Best Supporting Actor for STARRED UP. 

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GRAVITY and HER Tie For Best Film of 2013 by LA Film Critics

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It's a tie. "GRAVITY" and "HER" were selected by the Los Angeles Film Critics as Best Picture of 2013.  Alfonso Cuarón went on to win Best Director for GRAVITY, with Spike Jonze receiving runner-up honors for HER.  Other notable awards include "STORIES WE TELL" directed by Sarah Polley winning Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film, and "BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR" directed by Abdellatif Kechiche winning Best Foreign-Language Film.

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THE SQUARE Wins Top Award at 2013 IDA Documentary Awards

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Jehane Noujaim's THE SQUARE won top honors with the Best Feature Award at 2013 (International Documentary Association) IDA Documentary Awards. The Square follows a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes, and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience.  The Best Short Award,went to Josh Izenberg's SLOMO, an inspirational portrait of neurologist turned rollerblader, Dr. John Kitchin.  IDA’s Career Achievement Award was presented to Academy Award– and Emmy Award-winning director, producer and writer Alex Gibney whose latest films include We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks and The Armstrong Lie. 

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10 Films Remain in Visual Effects Oscar Race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 10 films remaining in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 86th Oscars.

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Spike Jonze's HER Named Best Film of 2013 by National Board of Review

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The National Board of Review has named HER the 2013 Best Film of the Year.  “Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today,” said Annie Schulhof, NBR President. “In HER, he explores the age-old themes of love and human connection in a completely fresh and innovative way. It is an outstanding achievement that is sure to become a new classic.”  

The National Board of Review honors diverse members of the film community at their annual Awards Gala, which also acts as a fundraiser for student grant philanthropy.  Hosted by Lara Spencer, this year’s gala will take place on January 7, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

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New York Film Critics Circle 2013 Awards; AMERICAN HUSTLE Voted Best Film

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The New York Film Critics Circle voted AMERICAN HUSTLE directed by David O. Russell as the Best Feature Film of 2013. AMERICAN HUSTLE also won the awards for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence. Steve McQueen snagged Best Director for 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and Ryan Coogler's FRUITVALE STATION won the award for Best First Film.

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15 Documentary Features Advance in 2013 Oscar Race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 86th Oscars . One hundred forty-seven films had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, THE ACT OF KILLING, FRUITVALE STATION Among 2013 Gotham Independent Award Winners

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Joel & Ethan Coen's INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS won the award for Best Feature Film at the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Award held in New York City.  Joshua Oppenheimer's THE ACT OF KILLING won the award for Best Documentary.  FRUITVALE STATION also snagged two awards, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award for director Ryan Coogler and Breakthrough Actor for Michael B. Jordan.  In addition to the competitive awards, Gotham Award Tributes were given to actor Forest Whitaker, NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment’s Katherine Oliver, director Richard Linklater and the late actor James Gandolfini.

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Monsters University and Frozen Lead Nominations for 41st Annie Awards

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Monsters University (Pixar Animation Studios) and Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios) lead the nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards, each with 10 nods, including Best Animated Feature.  The slate of nominations for Best Animated Features also include: A Letter to Momo (GKIDS), Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures), Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS), The Croods (DreamWorks Animations), The Wind Rises (Studio Ghibli and The Walt Disney Studios).

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