D.C.'s Critics Find Much to Praise Across Time and Space
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SOURCE Washington DC Area Film Critics Association
"12 Years a Slave" wows DC critics; "Gravity" also flies high
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their winners for 2013 this morning.
"12 Years a Slave," about a free black man ripped from his family and sold into more than a decade of bondage, won six awards including Best Film, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Best Ensemble, Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley) and Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer). Only the lauded sci-fi juggernaut "Gravity" dented its momentum, snatching the coveted Best Director award for Alfonso Cuaron, as well as two sought-after technical wins for Best Cinematography and Best Editing.
"This story of perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit over degradation and misery appealed to our members in a powerful way," said WAFCA President, Tim Gordon, "and I'm proud of the choice that we collectively made."
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" won The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC, an award instituted last year in honor of the late, beloved D.C. film critic and WTOP's longtime arts editor, Joe Barber.
The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association is comprised of 58 DC-VA-MD-based film critics from television, radio, print and the Internet. Voting was conducted from December 6-8, 2013.
THE 2013 WAFCA AWARD WINNERS:
Best Film: 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 Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Best Acting Ensemble: 12 Years a Slave
Best Youth Performance: Tye Sheridan (Mud)
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze (Her)
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Documentary: Blackfish
Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown
Best Art Direction: Production Designer: Catherine Martin, Set Decorator: Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby)
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, A.M.C. (Gravity)
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger (Gravity)
Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave)
The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC: Lee Daniels' The Butler