'Hustle', '12 Years' Win Big At Critics' Choice

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The critics have spoken, and 12 Years a Slave has been named Best Picture of the Year at the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Awards.
Slave beat out American Hustle, Her, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street, Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis and Dallas Buyers Club at a ceremony that came just hours after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named their nominations for this year's Oscars.
Getting off on a comedic foot, Anchorman 2 stars Christina Applegate and James Marsden presented the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Movie to Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf Of Wall Street, while Amy Adams was named Best Actress in a Comedy for American Hustle, which also won the award for Best Comedy Movie.
DiCaprio was all smiles as he accepted his award and thanked everyone involved with making the movie. He ended on a laugh when he thanked his parents, saying, "I thank you and simultaneously apologize to you for everything I do in this movie."
Keeping the momentum rolling, Marlon Wayans presented the Action Movies category. As expected, Mark Wahlberg snagged the award for Best Actor in an Action Movie for Lone Survivor, which also won for Best Action Movie.
Meanwhile, Sandra Bullock won for Best Actress in an Action Movie, and, in her acceptance speech, she joked about how Gravity, when you think about it, really isn't an action film. A technical glitch interrupted her speech, causing her to drop one of the show's occasional F-bombs. But she smiled and finished the speech with gracious charm.
The show continued to reward the movies most people expected, with American Hustle winning Best Ensemble Cast, beating out 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County, Lee Daniel's The Butler, Nebraska and The Wolf Of Wall Street.
The controversial French film Blue Is the Warmest Color, which made headlines when some theaters refused to show it due to its supposedly graphic lesbian sex scenes, snagged the award for Best Foreign Film.
Oprah Winfrey took the stage to present the Joel Siegel Award to her Lee Daniels' The Butler co-star Forest Whitaker, who was recognized this year for his humanitarian efforts towards stopping violence through the Peace and Development Initiative, which Whitaker founded.
While the Best Animated Feature category went, as expected, to the mega-hit Disney film Frozen, the Critics' Choice Awards were unique among recent awards shows by nominating Pixar's Monsters University, which was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and the Oscars.
Blue Is the Warmest Color scored its second win when Adele Exarchopoulos was awarded the prize for Best Young Actor or Actress, the award given to actors between 13 and 20 years old. The 20-year-old Exarchopolous just made the cutoff. While accepting the award, she joked about how she wasn't yet old enough to party or drink, but she was still having a good time.
The first shocker of the night came in the Best Supporting Actress Category, which Lupita Nyong'o won for her powerful performance in 12 Years a Slave, beating out Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle. Nyong'o's emotional, truly excited acceptance speech served as one of the most moving moments of the night.
Cate Blanchett, coming off a spectacular win at the Golden Globes, was given another trophy for her performance in Blue Jasmine.
Check out the full list of winners below: BEST PICTURE American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska Saving Mr. Banks *12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST ACTOR Christian Bale – American Hustle Bruce Dern – Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips *Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford – All Is Lost
BEST ACTRESS *Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock – Gravity Judi Dench – Philomena Brie Larson – Short Term 12 Meryl Streep – August: Osage County Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips Daniel Bruhl – Rush Bradley Cooper – American Hustle Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave James Gandolfini – Enough Said *Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Scarlett Johansson – Her Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle *Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave Julia Roberts – August: Osage County June Squibb – Nebraska Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS Asa Butterfield – Ender’s Game *Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color Liam James – The Way Way Back Sophie Nelisse – The Book Thief Tye Sheridan – Mud
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST *American Hustle August: Osage County Lee Daniels’ The Butler Nebraska 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST DIRECTOR *Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips Spike Jonze – Her Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave David O. Russell – American Hustle Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Eric Singer and David O. Russell – American Hustle Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine *Spike Jonze – Her Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis Bob Nelson – Nebraska
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Tracy Letts – August: Osage County Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight Billy Ray – Captain Phillips Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope – Philomena *John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY *Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity Bruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis Phedon Papamichael – Nebraska Roger Deakins – Prisoners Sean Bobbitt – 12 Years a Slave
BEST ART DIRECTION Andy Nicholson (Production Designer), Rosie Goodwin (Set Decorator) – Gravity *Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator) – The Great Gatsby K.K. Barrett (Production Designer), Gene Serdena (Set Decorator) – Her Dan Hennah (Production Designer), Ra Vincent (Set Decorator) – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Alice Baker (Set Decorator) – 12 Years a Slave
BEST EDITING Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers – American Hustle Christopher Rouse – Captain Phillips *Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger – Gravity Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill – Rush Joe Walker – 12 Years a Slave Thelma Schoonmaker – The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST COSTUME DESIGN Michael Wilkinson – American Hustle *Catherine Martin – The Great Gatsby Bob Buck, Lesley Burkes-Harding, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Daniel Orlandi – Saving Mr. Banks Patricia Norris – 12 Years a Slave
BEST MAKEUP *American Hustle The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Lee Daniels’ The Butler Rush 12 Years a Slave
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS *Gravity The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Iron Man 3 Pacific Rim Star Trek into Darkness
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The Croods Despicable Me 2 *Frozen Monsters University The Wind Rises
BEST ACTION MOVIE The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Iron Man 3 *Lone Survivor Rush Star Trek into Darkness
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE Henry Cavill – Man of Steel Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man 3 Brad Pitt – World War Z *Mark Wahlberg – Lone Survivor
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE *Sandra Bullock – Gravity Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Evangeline Lilly – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Gwyneth Paltrow – Iron Man 3
BEST COMEDY *American Hustle Enough Said The Heat This Is the End The Way Way Back The World’s End
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY Christian Bale – American Hustle *Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street James Gandolfini – Enough Said Simon Pegg – The World’s End Sam Rockwell – The Way Way Back
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY *Amy Adams – American Hustle Sandra Bullock – The Heat Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough Said Melissa McCarthy – The Heat
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE The Conjuring *Gravity Star Trek into Darkness World War Z
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM *Blue Is the Warmest Color The Great Beauty The Hunt The Past Wadjda
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE The Act of Killing Blackfish Stories We Tell Tim’s Vermeer *20 Feet from Stardom
BEST SONG Atlas – Coldplay – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Happy – Pharrell Williams – Despicable Me 2 *Let It Go – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez – Frozen Ordinary Love – U2 – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Please Mr. Kennedy – Justin Timberlake/Oscar Isaac/Adam Driver – Inside Llewyn Davis Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey – The Great Gatsby
BEST SCORE *Steven Price – Gravity Arcade Fire – Her Thomas Newman – Saving Mr. Banks Hans Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave
JOEL SIEGEL AWARD *Forest Whitaker
LOUIS XIII GENIUS AWARD *Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater for trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight
HOLLYWOOD'S HOTTEST STAR *Benedict Cumberbatch Do you agree with this winners' list?