Friday, December 20, 2013

Utah Film Critics Association Awards

Last night the Utah Film Critics Association held its annual meeting.  There were laughs, arguments, even blood and tears, but we managed to come to a consensus on the best performances of 2013. 

Gravity was the big winner with 3 awards including best picture and director.  There were a few surprises, including Scarlett Johansson as best supporting actress for Her, Bill Nighy as best supporting actor for About Time, and The World's End for best original screenplay.  Here is the complete list of awards:

Best Picture
Winner: Gravity
(runner-up: 12 Years a Slave)

Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
(runner-up: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave)

Best Lead Performance by an Actor
Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
(runner-up: Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis)

Best Lead Performance by an Actress
Winner: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color
(runner-ups: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine & Sandra Bullock, Gravity) (tie)

Best Supporting Performance by an Actor
Winner: Bill Nighy, About Time
(runner-up: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave)

Best Supporting Performance by an Actress
Winner: Scarlett Johansson, Her
(runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle)

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Simon Pegg & Edger Wright, The World's End
(runner-up: Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Way Way Back)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
(runner-up: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave)

Best Cinematography
Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
(runner-up: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis)

Best Documentary Feature
Winner: The Act of Killing
(runner-up: Blackfish)

Best Non-English Language Feature
Winner: Blue is the Warmest Color
(runner-up: The Past)

Best Animated Feature
Winner: Frozen
(runner-ups: From Up on Poppy Hill & The Wind Rises) (tie)

The Utah Film Critics Association is made up of film journalists from print, online and broadcast media based in Utah.  Members include:  Rich Bonaduce,; Luke Hickman, / KEGA-FM; Jimmy Martin, KRSP 103.5 FM / Big Movie Mouth-Off; Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune, Dan Metcalf, Davis Clipper News; Andy Morgan, KNVU-AM; Ryan Michael Painter, KUTV 2; Aaron Peck, Logan Herald-Journal; Scott Renshaw, Salt Lake City Weekly; Steve Salles, Standard-Examiner (Ogden); Mike Thiriot, KHTB 94.9 FM; Tony Toscano, Talking Pictures; Jeff Michael Vice, Big Movie Mouth-Off, and Doug Wright, KSL Movie Show.

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