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'12 Years a Slave' tops this year's OFCS awards for excellence

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Director Steven McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was the standout winner in the Online Film Critics Society's 17th annual OFCS awards for excellence in film.

"12 Years a Slave" earned awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), and Best Adapted Screenplay, for John Ridley's hand in bringing Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir to the big screen.

Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for her turn in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," while Alfonso Cuarón bested the stiff competition as the Best Director winner for the critically and commercially successful "Gravity." The film also won in the categories for editing and cinematography, as well as special awards for its sound design and visual effects work.

Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" won Best Animated Film, while France's "Blue Is the Warmest Color" was recognized as the Best Film Not in the English Language. Writer-director Spike Jonze won Best Original Screenplay for "Her," and Joshua Oppenheimer's audacious and disturbing "The Act of Killing" was voted as the best documentary of the year. Films not yet released in North America were recognized in a separate top ten list.

A special award was also given to the late Roger Ebert, whose decades of work in criticism helped to popularize serious film appreciation to a wider audience, and whose tireless persistence in the face of cancer was as inspiring as any of the films he championed.

"Our members outdid themselves this year and we couldn't be more excited," said OFCS Governing Committee members Robert Humanick, Wesley Lovell and Cole Smithey. "After selecting a superb set of nominees, tough decisions were made and the result is a fine array of work enhanced only by the pool from which they were chosen."

The Online Film Critics Society 2013 Film Awards Winners:

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Animated Feature: The Wind Rises
  • Best Film Not in the English Language: Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • Best Documentary: The Act of Killing
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
  • Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Actress: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
  • Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Original Screenplay: Her
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Editing: Gravity
  • Best Cinematography: Gravity

Special Awards:

Best Sound Design and Best Visual Effects to Gravity
To Roger Ebert, for inspiring so many of our members

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  4. Our Sunhi
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  7. Stranger By the Lake
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