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Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in '12 Years a Slave'

Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in ’12 Years a Slave’

On a snowy afternoon in Manhattan, New York Film Critics Online—a group that very kindly counts yours truly in its membership—met to determine which films that hit theaters in 2013 were great, terrible, meh, or (more commonly) just not great enough.

The headline is that Steve McQueen’s harrowing real-life epic 12 Years a Slave took awards for best picture, actor, and supporting actress, while the incomparable lost-in-space thriller Gravity and French women-in-love romance Blue is the Warmest Color won in two categories. Otherwise, the awards were spread around in a fairly democratic fashion.

The Hollywood Reporter noted the proceedings, as did Variety.

Clinging on for dear life in 'Gravity'

Clinging on for dear life in ‘Gravity’

Here’s the full list of what we liked from 2013:

  • Best Picture — 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Director — Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Best Actor — Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Actress — Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Best Supporting Actor — Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Best Screenplay — Spike Jonze, Her
  • Best Cinematography — Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
  • Best Breakthrough Performance — Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • Best Use of Music — T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Best Debut Director — Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
  • Best Ensemble Cast — American Hustle
  • Best Foreign Language Film — Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • Best Documentary — The Act of Killing
  • Best Animated Film — The Wind Rises

Best Films of 2013:

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Before Midnight
  • Blue is the Warmest Color
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • Prisoners
  • The Wolf of Wall Street