LA Film Critics and the American Film Institute reveal their best films of the year
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
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
SAVING MR. BANKS
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD WIFE
HOUSE OF CARDS
MASTERS OF SEX
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
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 Adèle 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 Cuarón, 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 Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity
Runner-up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery, Upstream Color
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lupita Nyong’o, 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