Monday, May 20, 2024

“12 Years A Slave” Chosen Best Picture by Boston Film Critics


The Boston Film Critics are the first to choose Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” as Best Picture. They also awarded McQueen Best Director and the star of that film, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Actor. It’s about freakin’ time. I’m not sure if they took a big lunch break, too, like the LA Film Critics. (They’ve gone for an avocado salad after a tiring morning.) But the Boston critics rock. They also named Cate Blanchett Best Actress, James Gandolfini Best Supporting Actor, and June Squibb Best Supporting Actress.


Here’s the full list:


Best Picture  – 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor –  Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave

Best Actress- Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor-  James Gandolfini for Enough Said

Best Supporting Actress –  June Squibb for Nebraska

Best Director- Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

Best Screenplay-  Nicole Holofcener for Enough Said

Best Cinematography- Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity

Best Documentary – The Act of Killing

Best Foreign-Language Film – Wadjida

Best Animated Film –  The Wind Rises

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer) – Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill for Rush

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy)-  Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station

Best Ensemble Cast –  Nebraska

Best Use of Music in a Film  – Inside Llewyn Davis

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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