'12 Years a Slave' was the big winner at the 47th annual Loutzenhiser Awards given by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle. The Steve McQueen directed drama nabbed Best Film, as well as five other awards in a vote that took place on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
In addition to Best Film, '12 Years a Slave' also snagged wins for three wins for acting, in addition to writing -- John Ridley won for Best Adapted Screenplay -- and directing (McQueen). Chiwetel Ejiofor won for Best Actor, Michael Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor, and Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actor.
The Robert Altman Award for Best Director wound up being a tie with Steve McQueen sharing the honor with Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity". It wasn't the only tie that would come from the KCFCC awards. "Frozen" and "Despicable Me 2" both took away a share of the Best Animated Film award.
"Her", which won't be released in KC until January, took home two wins and could be a real wild card come Oscar and Golden Globes time. The KCFCC honored Spike Jonze for Best Original Screenplay while the film itself was named the winner of the Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction/ Horror/ Fantasy Film Award.
Despite the dominance of "12 Years a Slave", many of the votes were close, as evidenced by the ties in two categories, one of which was Best Director. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) gave Ejiofor a run for his money in the Best Actor category, while the voice of Scarlet Johansson (Her) was nearly enough to win Best Supporting Actress.
The Kansas City Film Critics Circle has been around since 1966 when it was founded by Dr. James Loutzenhiser. It is the second oldest film critics organization in the United States. Only the New York Film Critics Circle is older. The KCFCC is comprised of 35 members in print, radio, television and Internet.
Check out the full list of KCFCC winners below.
47th Annual Dr. James Loutzenhiser Awards:
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; and Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity (tie)
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay -- Original: Spike Jonze, Her
Best Screenplay -- Adapted: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Best Animated Film: Frozen; and Despicable Me 2 (tie)
Best Documentary Feature: Act of Killing
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue is the Warmest Color
The Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy Film: Her
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