As Critics’ Awards Keep Coming, It's Turning Into a '12 Years a Slave’ Runaway

As Critics' Awards Keep Coming, It's Turning Into a '12 Years a Slave' Runaway

With nearly two dozen regional groups picking the year's best, Steve McQueen's film has won three-quarters of the best-picture awards

“12 Years a Slave” continues to dominate the 2013 critics’ awards, winning more than 75 percent of the best-picture awards handed out by film critics’ groups to date.

With 26 different groups announcing their awards as of Dec. 18, Steve McQueen's pre-Civil War drama has been named the year's best film 20 times, with Spike Jonze's “Her” a distant second with three best-picture citations and one tie with “Gravity.” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “American Hustle” have each won a single award.

Also read: 2013 Critics’ Awards Winners: The Complete List – Toronto, Austin, Phoenix (Updated)

“12 Years” lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o also have commanding leads over their fields, as does lead actress Cate Blanchett from “Blue Jasmine” and supporting actor Jared Leto from “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Here's the rundown, with the following groups having announced: African-American Film Critics Association, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Austin Film Critics Association, Boston Online Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics Association, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, Detroit Film Critics Society, Florida Film Critics Circle, Houston Film Critics Society, Indiana Film Journalists Association, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Las Vegas Film Critics Association, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Nevada Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, Online Film Critics Society, Phoenix Film Critics Society, San Diego Film Critics Society, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Southeastern Film Critics Association, St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association, Toronto Film Critics Association, Utah Film Critics Association, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, Women Film Critics Circle.

Totals that include a tie are indicated with an asterisk.

Best Picture:
“12 Years a Slave”: 20
“Her”: 4*
“American Hustle”: 1
“Inside Llewyn Davis”: 1
“Gravity”: 1*

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”: 14*
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”: 12*

Best Actor:
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”: 16
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”: 6
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”: 2
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”: 1
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”: 1
Forest Whitaker, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”: 1

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”: 17*
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”: 3
Adele Exarchopoulos, “Blue is the Warmest Color”: 3*
Brie Larson, “Short Term 12”: 2
Judi Dench, “Philomena”: 1
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”: 1
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”: 1

Best Supporting Actor:
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”: 20*
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”: 2
James Franco, “Spring Breakers”: 2*
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”: 1
Bill Nighy, “About Time”: 1

Best Supporting Actress:
Lupita Nyong'o, “12 Years a Slave”: 16
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”: 5
Scarlett Johansson, “Her”: 2
June Squibb, “Nebraska”: 1
Oprah Winfrey, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”: 1
Shailene Woodley, “The Spectacular Now”: 1

  • Mike

    Turning it into a runaway slave?

  • Stuart W

    Last noticed there is only AMPAS voting for the Oscars. Is Mr. Pond making the case that “Runaway” will account for 75% of that groups picks? And if not,
    what then does his article instruct? Thanks! (What happened to the admonition “there's no accounting for taste”?)

  • hupto

    If memory serves, the critics’ groups went overwhelmingly for THE SOCIAL NETWORK as well.

  • Runawayhit

    So behind “12 Years Slave” for best M.O.W. Award. Bravo. What feature films are in the forefront? When will that be released?

  • Colin Biggs

    We are actually called the Las Vegas Film Critics Society.

  • fred

    Right now “12 Years” certainly appears to be the frontrunner, now if over the next month it continues to be a strong frontrunner at a similar pace I think it will become just about impossible seeing the Oscars not chossing this for Best Film. I think “12 Years” is an absolutely brilliant film and there are more films I'm planning on seeing soon. Now if over the next month films like “American Hustle”, “The Wolf Of Wall Street”, “Her”, “Gravity” etc win more awards and gain momentum than I think the race for Best Film can become a heated and tight one. But if “12 Years” continues to pull away from the field than we might be looking at a “Schindler's List” situation where a powerful historical film dominates the Academy Awards.

  • Rachel Sherlin

    How long are we going to say I'm sorry? You know all of here on earth were not even here. Why can't we just all live together and think about things that are happening now. Like children going with out food in the U.S. When we all die God want care where you are from or what color we are. I think there people out in the world that paid good money to start things up between all people. Why ? Because they don't want it any other way. To them the more they get things going the better they like it. There so many people that act like their 2years old . I mean White, Black, Blue, Yellow what ever color it doesn't matter in God eyes. Why can't we think about helping each other and not fighting each other. What In God name Is Wrong With Everyone? We only have 1 life to live and so many of us are just throwing it away on silly things that want matter in the end. We all need to grow up and take a look around our self . IT'S OUR RESPONIBILITY AND NO ONE IS TO BLAME BUT OURSELF ! WAKE UP PEOPLE AND STOP THIS WHO's WHO THING!!!!! OUR KIDS ARE ALREADY MESSED UP BECAUSE OF US! I know most of you want listen and never will, but me say GOD BLESS and have a GREAT LIFE!!!