The Coen brothers' dramedy grabs Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography, in addition to taking home the top honor.
"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:
- Joel and Ethan Coen ("Inside Llewyn Davis") - 25
- Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") - 18
- Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") - 15
- "The Act of Killing" (Joshua Oppenheimer) & "At Berkeley" (Frederick Wiseman) - 20
- "Leviathan" (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel) - 18
- "Before Midnight" (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke) - 29
- "Inside Llewyn Davis" (Joel and Ethan Coen) - 26
- "American Hustle" (Eric Singer and David O. Russell) - 18
- "Inside Llewyn Davis" (Bruno Delbonnel) -28
- "Gravity" (Emmanuel Lubezki) - 26
- "Nebraska" (Phedon Papamichael) - 19
- Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") - 28
- Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") - 19
- Robert Redford ("All Is Lost") - 12
- Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") - 57
- Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") - 36
- Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight") - 26
- James Franco ("Spring Breakers") - 24
- Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") - 20
- Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips") - 14
- Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle") - 54
- Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") - 38
- Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine") & Lea Seydoux ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") - 18
- "Leviathan" (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel)
- To the Museum of Modern Art, for its wide-ranging retrospective of the films of Allan Dwan.
- "Too Much Johnson": the surviving reels from Orson Welles' first professional film. Discovered by Cinemazero (Pordenone) and Cineteca del Friuli; funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation; and restored by the George Eastman House.
- British Film Institute for restorations of Alfred Hitchcock's nine silent features.
- To the DVD "American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive"
- "Stray Dogs" (Tsai Ming-liang)
- "Hide Your Smiling Faces" (Daniel Patrick Carbone)