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Boston and New York Praise '12 Years a Slave;' LA Honors 'Gravity' and 'Her'

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It was a busy day for critics awards with the Boston Film Critics Society, the New York Film Critics Online, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association all announcing their picks for best achievement in film for 2013. Boston and New York have both awarded Best Picture of the year to Steve McQueen's slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" while Los Angeles has given its top honors to Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi adventure "Gravity" and Spike Jonze's romantic dramedy "Her."

While there's not much in the way of surprises to be found here, it is great to see "Gravity" finally picking up steam, earning two Best Director awards for Alfonso Cuaron, three cinematography awards for Emmanuel Lubezki, and one for editing.

One thing's for sure, we now have very clear frontrunners for the acting awards in Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong'o, each having taken a fair amount of victories so far.

Tomorrow, the results of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association's awards will be revealed, so be sure to check back for the winners.

In the meantime, see below for a complete list of today's winners:

Boston Film Critics Association

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave; runner-up: The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave: runner-up: Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave: runner-up: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine: runner-up: Judi Dench in Philomena
Best Supporting Actor: James Gandolfini, Enough Said; runner-up: TIE! Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips, and Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: June Squibb, Nebraska; runner-up: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay: Enough Said; runner-up: Wolf of Wall Street
Best Documentary: The Act Of Killing; runner-up: Blackfish
Best Animated Feature: The Wind Rises; runner-up: Frozen (near tie)
Best New Filmmaker: Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station; runner-up: Josh Oppenheimer Act Of Killing
Best Cinematography: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki; runner-up: The Grandmaster
Best Editing: Rush; runner up: Wolf of Wall Street
Best Use of Music in a Film: Inside Llewyn Davis; runner-up: Nebraska

New York Film Critics Online

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Debut Director: Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
Best Ensemble Cast: American Hustle
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is The Warmest Color
Best Documentary: The Act Of Killing
Best Animated Feature: The Wind Rises
Best Use Of Music: Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Best Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Best Picture: Gravity and Her (Tie)
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity; runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her
Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska; runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, and Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color (Tie)
Best Supporting Actor: James Franco, Spring Breakers, and Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (Tie)
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave; runner-up: June Squibb, Nebraska
Best Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight; runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her
Best Feature Animation: Ernest & Celestine; runner-up: The Wind Rises
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell; runner-up: The Act of Killing
Best Music Score: T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis; runner-up: Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett, Her
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity; Runner-up, Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity; Shane Carruth and David Lowery, Upstream Color
Best Production Design: K.K. Barrett, Her; Runner-up: Jess Gonchor, Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue is the Warmest Color; runner-up: The Great Beauty
Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: Cabinets Of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce
New Generation Award: Megan Ellison

Now playing in theaters: Out of the Furnace, 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

Recent Blu-ray/DVD releases: The Rooftop, Drinking Buddies, Inpractical Jokers: Season One, Planes, Paranoia, The To Do List, Blackfish, Paradise, White House Down, Grown Ups 2, Girl Most Likely, Robotech: The Complete Set, The Way, Way Back

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