12 Years a Slave Leads 2013 Chicago Film Critics Awards Nominations

“12 Years A Slave,” Steve McQueen’s harrowing adaptation of the memoir of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War era Deep South, clearly made an impact among members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. The highly acclaimed drama led all contenders for the group’s annual awards with a stunning 11 nominations, including Best Picture, McQueen for Best Director, John Ridley for Adapted Screenplay, Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor for his performance in the lead role, Michael Fassbender for Supporting Actor, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o for Supporting Actress and Promising Performer as well as slots in the categories for Cinematography, Original Score, Art Direction/Production Design and Editing.

Tying for second place with seven nominations each were two very different visions of humans grappling with technology. “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron’s visually stunning thriller about an outer space mission gone awry that threatens to leave a lone astronaut stranded in the cosmos received earned the filmmaker nominations for Director and Editing and nods for Best Picture, Art Direction/Production Design, Cinematography, Original Score and a Best Actress bid for Sandra Bullock. “Her,” an oddball comedy-drama about a lonely man who finds himself developing a touching relationship with his computer’s new and highly advanced operating system, also found itself among the Best Picture nominees and also found Spike Jonze shortlisted for Director and Original Screenplay, rock group Arcade Fire cited for Original Score, Scarlett Johansson nominated for Supporting Actress for her voice-only performance as the operating system in question and additional nods for Cinematography and Art Direction/Set Direction.

Among the other top nominees, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Joel & Ethan Coen’s look at a few days in the life of a troubled folk singer in the era just before the arrival of Bob Dylan, received nods for Best Picture, the Coens for Director and Original Screenplay, Oscar Isaac for Best Actor, Cinematography and Art Direction/Production Design and “American Hustle,” David O. Russell’s comedic look at the Abscam sting operation of the late 1970s, rounded out the Best Picture category and found Russell nominated for Director and Original Screenplay (along with Eric Singer), Jennifer Lawrence in the running for Best Supporting Actress and an additional citation for Editing and the powerful French drama “Blue is the Warmest Color” received a nomination for Foreign-Language Film while Lea Seydoux made the cut for Supporting Actress and her co-star, newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos, found herself in the running for Best Actress and Most Promising Performer. Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” and the shocking documentary “The Act of Killing” each received three nominations and “The Wind Rises,” the latest and apparently the last film from animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, received nominations for both Foreign-Language Film and Animated Feature. (Interestingly, one of its competitors in the latter category is “From Up on Poppy Hill,” which he co-wrote and which was directed by his son, Goro.)

Now in its 24th year, the CFCA will announce its winners in a ceremony to be held on the evening of December 16, 2013.

 

BEST PICTURE

12 Years A Slave

American Hustle

Gravity

Her

Inside Llewyn Davis

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Joel & Ethan Coen–Inside Llewyn Davis

Alfonso Cuaron–Gravity

Spike Jonze–Her

Steve McQueen–12 Years A Slave

David O. Russell–American Hustle

 

BEST ACTOR

Bruce Dern–Nebraska

Chiwetel Ejiofor–12 Years A Slave

Oscar Isaac–Inside Llewyn Davis

Matthew McConaughey–Dallas Buyers Club

Robert Redford–All Is Lost

 

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett–Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock–Gravity

Adele Exarchopoulos–Blue is the Warmest Color

Brie Larson–Short Term 12

Meryl Streep–August: Osage County

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Barkhad Abdi–Captain Phillips

Michael Fassbender–12 Years A Slave

James Franco–Spring Breakers

James Gandolfini–Enough Said

Jared Leto–Dallas Buyers Club

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Scarlett Johansson–Her

Jennifer Lawrence–American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o–12 Years A Slave

Lea Seydoux–Blue is the Warmest Color

June Squibb–Nebraska

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

American Hustle–Eric SInger & David O. Russell

Blue Jasmine–Woody Allen

Her–Spike Jonze

Inside Llewyn Davis–Joel & Ethan Coen

Nebraska–Bob Nelson

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

12 Years A Slave–John Ridley

August: Osage County–Tracey Letts

Before Midnight–Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke

Philomena–Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope

The Wolf of Wall Street–Terrence Winter

 

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

The Act of Killing

Blue is the Warmest Color

The Hunt

Wadjda

The Wind Rises

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

20 Feet from Stardom

The Act of Killing

The Armstrong Lie

Blackfish

Stories We Tell

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Croods

From Up on Poppy Hill

Frozen

Monsters University

The Wind Rises

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

12 Years A Slave–Sean Bobbitt

Gravity–Emmanuel Lubezki

Her–Hoyte Van Hoytema

Inside Llewyn Davis–Bruno Delbonnel

Prisoners–Roger Deakins

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

12 Years A Slave–Hans Zimmer

Blancanieves–Alfonso de Vilallongo

Gravity–Steven Price

Her–Arcade Fire

Spring Breakers–Cliff Martinez and Skrillex

 

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

12 Years A Slave

Gravity

The Great Gatsby

Her

Inside Llewyn Davis

 

BEST EDITING

12 Years A Slave–Joe Walker

American Hustle–Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers

Gravity–Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger

Upstream Color–Shane Carruth & David Lowery

The Wolf of Wall Street–Thelma Schoonmaker

 

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER

Lake Bell–In A World

Ryan Coogler–Fruitvale Station

Destin Cretton–Short Term 12

Joseph Gordon-Levitt–Don Jon

Joshua Oppenheimer–The Act of Killing

 

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER

Barkhad Abdi–Captain Phillips

Chadwick Boseman–42

Adele Exarchopoulos–Blue is the Warmest Color

Lupita Nyong’o–12 Years A Slave

Tye Sheridan–Mud

 

By Number Of Nominations Received:

11 nominations: 12 Years A Slave

7 nominations: Gravity, Her

6 nominations: Inside Llewyn Davis

5 nominations: American Hustle

4 nominations: Blue is the Warmest Color

3 nominations: The Act of Killing, Nebraska

2 nominations: August: Osage County, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Spring Breakers, The Wind Rises, The Wolf of Wall Street

1 nomination: 42, 20 Feet from Stardom, All is Lost, The Armstrong Lie, Before Midnight, Blackfish, Blancanieves, The Croods, Don Jon, Enough Said, From Up on Poppy Hill, Frozen, Fruitvale Station, The Great Gatsby, The Hunt, In A World, Monsters University, Mud, Philomena, Prisoners, Stories We Tell, Upstream Color, Wadjda.

 

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