Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron and Sandra Bullock arrive at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/REUTERS
The largest film critics association in the United States held its annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards last night, giving Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years A Slave the top prize of Best Picture, while Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity won the most awards with seven.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BCFA), made up of nearly 300 critics, also awarded 12 Years A Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o the Best Supporting Actress award, and John Ridley was given Best Adapated Screenplay.
Matthew McConaughey followed up his Golden Globe win for Best Actor with a win in the same category for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club – as did his co-star Jared Leto in the Best Supporting Actor category. The critics also mirrored the Globes in giving Best Actress to Cate Blanchett for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
There were two awards for Palme D’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour, the French film controversially shut out from the foreign language category at the Oscars. It picked up Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Best Young Actor/Actress for 20-year-old Adele Exarchopoulos.
The awards for the smash hit space thriller Gravity included Best Director and Best Actress in an Action Movie for Sandra Bullock. American Hustle, the other film at the heart of the Oscars race, received four, including an award for its ensemble cast. The action category was otherwise dominated by Lone Survivor, which won Best Action Movie and Best Actor in an Action Movie for Mark Wahlberg.
Forest Whitaker received the Joel Siegel award for his philanthropic work with his Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, which helps victims of violence in South Sudan, Mexico and elsewhere. He was presented the award by his co-star in The Butler, Oprah Winfrey, who said he “subtly and so masterfully embodies the soul of a character.”
There were also a one-off award for Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater for their trilogy of films that culminated in this year’s Before Midnight, which has been relatively overlooked this awards season – received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination at the Oscars. Benedict Cumberbatch also received the one-off Hollywood’s Hottest Star award – it’s not clear whether it refers to his beauty or his buzz.