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'American Hustle' Scores First Big Win of Awards Season

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Today saw the announcement of the New York Film Critics Circle's annual awards, the first of the season, with the results being that they seemed to have really enjoyed the latecomer "American Hustle," David O. Russell's latest project. The film took three awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), and Best Screenplay (Russell, Eric Singer).

The other awards weren't particularly surprising given the buzz going around. Steve McQueen took Best Director for his slave drama "12 Years a Slave." Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett were named Best Actor and Best Actress respectively for "All is Lost" and "Blue Jasmine."

I'm rather disappointed at the lack of wins for Alfonso Cuaron's masterpiece "Gravity," but it's still early yet with lots of groups left to announce their awards. Tomorrow sees the National Board of Review revealing their choices, so perhaps things will be a little different. Then again, this could be the beginning of a streak for Russell's film. We'll just have to see.

In the meantime, check out the full list of award winners for the NYFCC below:

Best Picture: American Hustle
Best Actor: Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises
Best Screenplay: American Hustle
Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Best First Film: Fruitvale Station
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

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Now playing in theaters: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Dallas Buyers Club, Thor: The Dark World, Ender's Game, Carrie, Kill Your Darlings, Gravity, Argento's Dracula, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Despicable Me 2

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