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LA Film Critics and the American Film Institute reveal their best films of the year

Dec. 9, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Both the American Film Institute and the LA Film Critics Association have unveiled their best films of the year, another indicator of what is to come from the Academy Awards in February. Unlike the Oscars, the AFI makes an unranked selection of the best films of the year while the LA Critics couldn't choose just one film.

First up, the LA Film Critics had a tie in naming the best film of the year. The honors come down to Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY and Spike Jonze's HER. The two men also vied for directing honors with Cuaron getting the nod over Jonze. This marks another unique selection from a critics group as GRAVITY has yet to get a top honor from one of them so far. HER was previously honored The National Board of Review as best film.

The AFI named their top ten in both film and television with the usual suspects being selected in both. In regards to the AFI top ten, I wouldn't be surprised if this same group ended up being the Academy Award nominations for Best Picture to the letter. While 2013 may have disappointed in big budget popcorn movies, the quality flicks definitely lived up to the hype.

Here is the AFI lists for both film and television.

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

12 YEARS A SLAVE
AMERICAN HUSTLE
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
FRUITVALE STATION
GRAVITY
HER
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
NEBRASKA
SAVING MR. BANKS
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

THE AMERICANS
BREAKING BAD
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD WIFE
HOUSE OF CARDS
MAD MEN
MASTERS OF SEX
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
SCANDAL
VEEP

We are still over a month away from finding out who will duke it out for Oscars in February and some of these movies are opening over the next couple of weeks. It remains to be seen if GRAVITY will pull a TITANIC and be both a critical darling and a box office smash. Hopefully Alfonso Cuaron gets the recognition he deserves.

Check out the full list of LA Film Critics Association winners below.

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Runner-up: The Great Beauty

BEST PICTURE (tie): Gravity and Her

BEST ACTRESS (tie): Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine and Adle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST SCREENPLAY: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
Runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her

BEST ACTOR: Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarn, Gravity
Runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her

BEST DOCUMENTARY, Stories We Tell
Runner-up: The Act of Killing

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: Cabinets Of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce

BEST MUSIC SCORE, T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis
Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett, Her

BEST ANIMATION, Ernest & Celestine
Runner-up: The Wind Rises

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, Winner (tie): James Franco, Spring Breakers, and Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Runner-up, Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis

BEST EDITING: Alfonso Cuarn and Mark Sanger, Gravity
Runner-up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery, Upstream Color

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lupita Nyongo, 12 Years a Slave
Runner-up: June Squibb, Nebraska

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: K.K. Barrett, HER
Runner-up: Jess Gonchor, Inside Llewyn Davis

NEW GENERATION Prize: Megan Ellison

LEGACY OF CINEMA: The Criterion Collection

SPECIAL CITATION: 12 Years a Slave

Source: DeadlineAFI

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11:39AM on 12/10/2013

There needs to be line drawn between Visual Effects and Cinematography

What is up with films like "Gravity" and "The Life of Pi" winning Best Cinematography awards?
I will be upset if Hugh Jackman does not get nominated for "Prisoners", which was his best performance to date in my opinion.
Can't wait to see "The Wolf of Wall Street"!
What is up with films like "Gravity" and "The Life of Pi" winning Best Cinematography awards?
I will be upset if Hugh Jackman does not get nominated for "Prisoners", which was his best performance to date in my opinion.
Can't wait to see "The Wolf of Wall Street"!
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10:52PM on 12/09/2013
What's with the prisoners love? It's a fine film, I think Jake deserves a nod, but I would t be upset if he didn't get it. I guess I found it over rated. Care Blanchett did fine in Blue Jasmine, but I absolutely hated that movie. It's full of nothing but terrible people, and it wasn't funny. The only good person in the film is Cate's sister's greaseball boyfriend. I can't remember his name. I'm sad that one of the BEST reviewed movies of the year got no love here, and will probably get no
What's with the prisoners love? It's a fine film, I think Jake deserves a nod, but I would t be upset if he didn't get it. I guess I found it over rated. Care Blanchett did fine in Blue Jasmine, but I absolutely hated that movie. It's full of nothing but terrible people, and it wasn't funny. The only good person in the film is Cate's sister's greaseball boyfriend. I can't remember his name. I'm sad that one of the BEST reviewed movies of the year got no love here, and will probably get no love with even an oscar nomination, maybe a best original screenplay if they are lucky, and that film is Frances Ha. Haven't seen a movie release straight to criterion in a long time
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11:40AM on 12/10/2013
I'll be upset if Hugh Jackman is rob a Best Actor nomination for "Prisoners". Which in my opinion is his best performance to date.
I'll be upset if Hugh Jackman is rob a Best Actor nomination for "Prisoners". Which in my opinion is his best performance to date.
10:30PM on 12/09/2013
I hope Gravity would win Oscar's Best Picture.
I hope Gravity would win Oscar's Best Picture.
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9:46PM on 12/09/2013

The Good Wife

It's nice to see The Good Wife get some recognition. Easily one of the most underrated shows! More Tv hipsters should defiantly check it out. On par with Breaking Bad.
It's nice to see The Good Wife get some recognition. Easily one of the most underrated shows! More Tv hipsters should defiantly check it out. On par with Breaking Bad.
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9:45PM on 12/09/2013

ill boycott the oscars for life..

If casey affleck and prisoners get snubbed.
If casey affleck and prisoners get snubbed.
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10:06PM on 12/09/2013
I agree 100%.
I agree 100%.
11:41AM on 12/10/2013
I'll be upset if Hugh Jackman is robbed a nomination for "Prisoners"
I'll be upset if Hugh Jackman is robbed a nomination for "Prisoners"
9:07PM on 12/09/2013
The Oscars are going to be alot of fun this year with so many great films competing for wins. What I'm most interested in this year is Best Supporting Actor.

I saw Out of the Furnace today and all I know is that the film better get some Oscar recognition. Especially for Casey Affleck for Best Supporting Actor.
The Oscars are going to be alot of fun this year with so many great films competing for wins. What I'm most interested in this year is Best Supporting Actor.

I saw Out of the Furnace today and all I know is that the film better get some Oscar recognition. Especially for Casey Affleck for Best Supporting Actor.
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8:33PM on 12/09/2013
I'm with Nowheredan on this. Franco for Spring Breakers? Most interesting.
I'm with Nowheredan on this. Franco for Spring Breakers? Most interesting.
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7:15PM on 12/09/2013
This list doesn't surprise me but damn I'll be mad as hell if the Oscars leave out Prisoners!
This list doesn't surprise me but damn I'll be mad as hell if the Oscars leave out Prisoners!
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4:57PM on 12/09/2013

James Franco?

i think the biggest surprise on that list was Franco winning best supporting actor. I thought he did pretty good in "Spring Breakers" but this is the first i've heard his name put up for consideration for any award
i think the biggest surprise on that list was Franco winning best supporting actor. I thought he did pretty good in "Spring Breakers" but this is the first i've heard his name put up for consideration for any award
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5:36PM on 12/09/2013
Yeah, agreed. If they wanted to look outside the box I would have liked to have seen Sam Rockwell for The Way Way Back.
Yeah, agreed. If they wanted to look outside the box I would have liked to have seen Sam Rockwell for The Way Way Back.
9:10PM on 12/09/2013
I think the Best Supporting Actor nominations this year are going to be Gyllenhall for Prisoners, Fassbender for 12 Years A Slave, Affleck for Out of the Furnace, Cooper for American Hustle, and either Hill or Franco for The Wolf On Wall Street and Spring Breakers.
I think the Best Supporting Actor nominations this year are going to be Gyllenhall for Prisoners, Fassbender for 12 Years A Slave, Affleck for Out of the Furnace, Cooper for American Hustle, and either Hill or Franco for The Wolf On Wall Street and Spring Breakers.
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