2013 New York Film Critics Winners Topped by 'American Hustle'

2013 New York Film Critics winners
Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper in American Hustle
Photo: Columbia Pictures

The New York Film Critics Circle announced their Best of 2013 winners today and, as always, it was a slow moving ordeal as Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell won Best Non Fiction Film around 7:45 AM PST and the last of the twelve awards wasn't announced until 12:07 when American Hustle was announced as the winner of the org's Best Picture and I have to say, I didn't see it coming, but more on that in my review which is just down the line.

The film also saw Jennifer Lawrence steamroll Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels' The Butler) for a Supporting Actress win and Eric Singer and David O. Russell's screenplay also won, as the film took home three of the major awards.

It was nice to see Fruitvale Station continue its winning ways after last night's good fortunes at the Gotham Awards where it took home a pair of Breakthrough awards. No real surprise at Best Actress as Cate Blanchett is expected to ride the wave of love all the way to an Oscar win for her work in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, but at Best Actor it was more of a toss-up as to who would win as Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is a strong candidate for the Oscar win, but the NYC crix decided to go with Robert Redford for his great work in the lone-man-at-sea pic All is Lost. This is a film that needed this kind of win as I have already pointed out, love to see the appreciation.

Lawrence's win in the Supporting categories wasn't the only interesting result as Jared Leto gets a little love bump for his fantastic work in Dallas Buyers Club. Nice to see.

Most notable is the lack of wins for 12 Years a Slave. While Steve McQueen took home the Best Director win, the lack of love at Best Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay and Picture is noticeable. Also, how about nothing for Gravity? Problem?

Of course, this is just he beginning of a very long season which continues tomorrow with the National Board of Review's announcement and you can check out my Awards Calendar for even more.

The complete list of New York Film Critics winners is listed below and you can check out all my current Oscar predictions here and my Oscar Overture, which tracks several of these precursor awards, right here.


  • American Hustle


  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)


  • Robert Redford (All Is Lost)


  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)


  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)


  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)


  • Eric Singer and David O. Russell (American Hustle)


  • Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)


  • The Wind Rises


  • Blue Is the Warmest Color


  • Stories We Tell


  • Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station)
  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    Surprised by the Redford win. Maybe he will get the Oscar nomination after all...

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      A nomination is assured. The race seems to be between him and Ejiofor.

    • http://imqwerty.wordpress.com/ Jordan B.

      A nomination has seemingly been all but guaranteed, in my opinion. Only real question is whether he can garner enough support for a win.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    'Gravity' not winning isn't a sign of a problem because personally I think in categories such as Best Picture, Director, Actress it will only play as a nominee where it plays at all..........on the technical side is where it's most likely to feature a greater number of nomination to win conversions.

    It's far, far too early to tell at present, but I do think this year is probably going to feature a general spread of the riches amongst several films. At least until we get much closer and we see if, for example, Jennifer Lawrence (just as an example because I haven't seen 'Hustle' obviously) starts to run away with actual awards.

    Which is probably how I see the Oscars going at this early stage, I haven't seen any signs one single film is in line to sweep the eventual night. And sometimes I think that's best when it goes that way.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      Lawrence really does seem to be riding the golden goose! There is no doubt in my mind she can and probably did deliver in "Hustle". I can't wait to see this one.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    Uh-oh. Does this mean you didn't like Hustle?

  • Eli Sickel

    Don't mean to bag all over All is Lost (it was good!), but I felt Redford didn't nail those key lines in the latter half of the film. He was more of the vessel and the director was the captain... or something along those lines, but to each their own. I'll wave the Chiwetel banner a little here, otherwise enjoying the "wildcard" factor with these precursor awards.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    Damn. Good for American Hustle. You've seen it, Brad?

    Also glad to see Fruitvale getting some love.

  • http://www.cinemaconfessions.com/ Gautam Anand

    Word from initial screenings wasn't that great for American Hustle. I wonder how then it managed to pull up this coup. Though it's good for 12 Years and Gravity, in a way. It's difficult to keep the momentum going for 3 months.

    Having said that I expect 12 Years A Slave to soon lead the way once LA film critics and NBR announce their nominations. Gravity will be a late entrant to this when critics group will start looking for something beyond 12 Years.

  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    When is the embargo for American Hustle lifted?

    • BradyD

      Tomorrow! And I cannot wait to skim some of the first reviews (yours included, Brad).

      • m1

        Oh. I thought it was Friday. But if it's tomorrow then I can't wait.

  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3769949/ thatpj

    It's funny how the meme for 12 Years went from "OMGZ ITZ SWEEPING EVERYTHING!!!!!" to "It almost beat American Hustle!"

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

    Out of curiosity, I would love to know more about who decides on these "awards".
    In other words, who makes up the NY Film Critics circle?
    And tomorrow is the National Board of Review. Who comprises this group?
    I'd be much obliged to have your opinions. And who doesn't want to share their opinion, right?!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    American Hustle and Robert Redford are surprising, otherwise more or less what was expected, though since I expected 12 Years a Slave to take those categories its lack of wins aside from director is surprising as well. I continue to believe Oprah will win the supporting actress Oscar easily.

  • http://timeforafilm.com/ Alex Thomas

    I don't know how anyone can think Redford is surprising, it's been a two horse race for Best Actor for ages.

    American Hustle is interesting, I hope this heats up the Best Picture race.

    The biggest surprise (although I am very happy about it) has to be Lawrence. She was $13 odds for Best Supporting Actress and has to be up there with Oprah and Nyongo now, especially if she can claim some more awards in the lead up.

    I love award season!