For today’s brief best-of-2013 roundup, we begin with the awards and with Filmmaker‘s Nick Dawson: “The Cinema Eye Honors are always one of the most enjoyable and lively awards shows of the year, and arguably the most intimate; at no other awards show is there such a sense of an entire community coming together.” That said, “I might suggest that it has grown a little bit too much, at least in terms of its running time and the number of awards…. Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing unsurprisingly took the final award, Best Feature, but I doubt that anyone still present to see it could remember who won the first award of the night. (It was for Best Debut and went to Zachary Heinzerling’s charming Cutie and the Boxer, which took home three awards.)”
The Dissolve‘s Matt Singer: “Other Cinema Eye recipients included Sarah Polley, who won Best Director for her personal documentary Stories We Tell, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, winners of Best Cinematography for their unique fishing boat doc Leviathan.”
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced nominations in the theatrical motion picture category of the 28th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. And the nominees are: Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave), Barry Ackroyd (Captain Phillips), Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster), Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity), Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis), Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska), and Roger Deakins (Prisoners).
The Art Directors Guild has announced the nominations for its film and television awards and, sticking to cinema, there are five in each of three categories:
- Period Film: Judy Becker (American Hustle), Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby), Jess Gonchor (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael Corenblith (Saving Mr. Banks), and Adam Stockhausen (12 Years a Slave).
- Fantasy Film: Philip Ivey (Elysium), Andy Nicholson (Gravity), Dan Hennah (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Darren Gilford (Oblivion), and Scott Chambliss (Star Trek Into Darkness).
- Contemporary Film: David Gropman (August: Osage County), Santo Loquasto (Blue Jasmine), Paul Kirby (Captain Phillips), K.K. Barrett (Her), and Bob Shaw (The Wolf of Wall Street).
“Recently the Filmmedarbejderforeningens (Denmark’s National Association of Film Critics) announced their nominations for this major Danish film awards and not surprisingly Jagten [The Hunt] by Thomas Vinterberg and Nymphomaniac by Lars von Trier lead with six (6) nominations each.” Movie On also has the nominations for the Magritte Awards, Belgium’s principal film awards: “The fourth film by Frédéric Fonteyne, Tango Libre, leads the race with 10 nominations followed by Vincent Lannoo’s Au Nom du Films with 7 and Vijay & I with 4 nominations.”
One more round from Reverse Shot, and probably the most fun of the bunch, a slew of special awards (“Two Cents of 2013”) such as “Biggest Critical Head-Slapper.” That one goes to The Wolf of Wall Street: “It’s difficult to believe that anyone who didn’t show up at the theater with his or her knives already sharpened could possibly take this portrait of a latter-day Sodom and Gomorrah as anything other than a wade through a culture choking on its own excesses.” Other categories include “Worst Opening Scene” and “Best Closing Scene”—same movie!—the “Polished Turd Award,” the “Manoel de Oliveira Award for Late Style,” “Best Bad Sex,” and many more.
Erich Kuersten at Bright Lights After Dark: “Two ‘end’ comedies came out the same year, one in the UK, one here. Ours is better.” That’s right, his #1 is This Is the End.
And finally for now, at the Playlist, Jessica Kiang looks back on the year in quotes—not just from the movies but also from interviews, awards ceremonies, and basically from anyone within earshot of Jennifer Lawrence.