Friday, 27 December 2013

Critical Week: 33rd Shadows Awards

Here's my top 10 films of 2013, and my top 5 picks in the other major categories. Full lists and a lot more are on the website...

T O P   1 0   F I L M S  

  1. American Hustle (David O Russell)
  2. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
  3. Filth (Jon S Baird)
  4. Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
  5. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (Abdellatif Kechiche)
  6. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley)
  7. In a World... (Lake Bell)
  8. Blancanieves (Pablo Berger)
  9. Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass)
  10. Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)

D I R E C T O R  

  1. Jon S Baird (Filth)
  2. David O Russell (American Hustle)
  3. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  4. Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell)
  5. Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty)


  1. Lake Bell (In a World...)
  2. Asghar Farhadi (The Past)
  3. Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
  4. Eric Warren Singer, David O Russell (American Hustle)
  5. Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda)

A C T R E S S 

  1. Emilie Dequenne (Our Children)
  2. Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)
  3. Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  4. Paulina Garcia (Gloria)
  5. Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)


  1. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  2. James McAvoy (Filth, Welcome to the Punch, Trance)
  3. Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra, Elysium, The Zero Theorem)
  4. Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown)
  5. Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips, Saving Mr Banks)

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S  

  1. Margo Martindale (August: Osage County, Beautiful Creatures)
  2. Kristin Scott Thomas (Only God Forgives, The Invisible Woman, Looking for Hortense)
  3. Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
  4. Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy, Stoker, The Railway Man)
  5. Pernilla August (Call Girl)

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R 

  1. James Franco (Spring Breakers, As I Lay Dying, The Iceman, Homefront)
  2. Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings, The Place Beyond the Pines, Jack & Diane)
  3. Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
  4. David Oyelowo (The Paperboy, The Butler)
  5. Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

W O R S T   F I L M 

  1. Grown Ups 2 (Dennis Dugan)
  2. R.I.P.D. (Robert Schwentke)
  3. G.I Joe: Retaliation (Jon M Chu)
  4. Bula Quo! (Stuart St Paul)
  5. Run for Your Wife (Ray Cooney, John Luton)

I've only seen a couple of documentaries in the past week to fill in some viewing gaps - namely The Square, about the ongoing Egyptian revolution, and The Missing Picture, about the killing fields in Cambodia. I'll have a few more things to catch up with next week, but in the mean time I'm enjoying a bit of a holiday from the movies. or at least the ones that put me in work mode. Happy New Year!

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