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David O. Russell's ‘American Hustle’ wins top award by NY Film Critics Circle

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It was announced Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, that the New York Film Critics Circle has named David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” best film of 2013. This is the first of many critic's associations to release their favorites in film for the year 2013.

Although "12 Years a Slave" was not honored as best film, its director, Steve McQueen, was honored as Best Director.

Best Actor honors went to Robert Redford for "All is Lost" and Best Actress honors were bestowed to Cate Blanchett for her work in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

If the New York Critics have it right today, actress Jennifer Lawrence could be headed for a second Oscar next March. She was honored as Best Supporting Actress for her role in "American Hustle." Definitely the one to beat for Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto of "Dallas Buyers Club" was also honored by the NY critics.

The Coen brother's film "Inside Llewny Davis" was honored for its cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel. Ryan Coogler's first feature film "Fruitvale Station" was named Best First Film. "The Wind Rises" was honored as Best Animated Film and "Blue is the Warmest Color" won the Best Foreign Language Film for France.

Absent completely from the NY Film Critics Circle Awards were the highly touted "Nebraska," "Gravity," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Captain Phillips."

Here is a complete list of the NY Film Critics Circle Awards:

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

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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com

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