"Inside Llewyn Davis" wins big at National Society of Film Critics' 48th annual awards voting meeting held Saturday, January 4. Inspired by the autobiography of folksinger Dave Van Ronk, the drama comedy about the titular struggling musician in early 1960s Greenwich Village is named Best Picture of 2013.
Fifty-six members of the Society consisting of prominent movie critics from newspapers, magazines and other media outlets across the U.S. also pick the "Inside Llewyn Davis" helmers, the Coen brothers, as Best Director and the movie's male lead Oscar Isaac as Best Actor. The Film additionally wins Best Cinematography, thanks to Bruno Delbonnel's work.
Best Screenplay goes to director Richard Linklater & actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for their screenwriting in "Before Midnight", while the Coen brothers share the runner-up position in the category. Best Actress is awarded to Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Best Supporting Actor is James Franco ("Spring Breakers"), and Best Supporting Actress is Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle").
"12 Years a Slave" misses the top spot in all categories, but the Steve McQueen-directed slavery drama still manages to get its actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o the second place in Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories. It additionally places third in Best Picture and Best Director categories.
The weekend meeting was dedicated to the memory of two members who died in 2013, Roger Ebert and Stanley Kauffmann.
A list of the winners and runners-up with vote counts from the final round: