'12 Years a Slave' Named Best Picture by New York Online Critics

'12 Years a Slave'

Set in the pre-Civil War United States, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man from upstate New York who's abducted and sold into slavery.


The group also gave awards to "Gravity" for its direction and cinematography.

The New York Film Critics Online, voting Sunday, named Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave as its best film of the year.

The critics’ group -- not to be confused with the New York Film Critics Circle, which chose David O. Russell’s American Hustle as its top picture -- also gave its best actor award to Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor and its best supporting actress award to the film’s Lupita Nyong’o.

The group joined in a growing chorus and named Cate Blanchett best actress for Blue Jasmine. Its supporting actor award went to Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club. And its award for best director was given to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity.

A complete list of winners follows:

Best Picture -- 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 Screenplay -- Spike Jonze, Her

Best Cinematography -- Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity

Best Breakthrough Performance -- Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color

Best Use of Music -- T Bone Burnett,  Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Debut Director -- Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station

Best Ensemble Cast -- American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film -- Blue Is the Warmest Color

Best Documentary -- The Act of Killing

Best Animated Film -- The Wind Rises


NYFCO Best Films of 2013

12 Years a Slave

Before Midnight

Blue is the Warmest Color

Dallas Buyers Club



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