"12 Years," "Gravity" win big in D.C. film critic association awards

2013_winners_collageAs a member of The Washington Area Film Critics Association, I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks hard at work narrowing down selections and coming up with nominees for our 12th Annual WAFCA Awards. It turns out 2013 was a pretty great year for some quality films and the nomination process was very challenging.

For some, narrowing the field to five candidates seemed impossible, especially in the Best Supporting Actor category, but now with the nominations wrapped and finals votes counted Monday, here’s what we came up with. My choices are in blue.

  • Fred

    Congrats to “12 Years a Slave”, such a powerful emotionally draining great film. I can’t speak on the other films since I’m yet to see them, but once I seen “12 Years a Slave” I knew I had seen a special film.

  • “Gravity” should definitely be a priority if you can find it in theaters somewhere still. It’s looking like “12 Years” may the favorite heading along the Oscar road.

  • Fred

    I tried to find “Gravity” when I was last in a theater about a month ago and the film wasn’t there, I might have to wait to catch it on DVD. But I’m going to look around and check to see if it’s hanging around in a theater somewhere close to my location. When the NY & LA critics awards we’re announced it started looking as though films like “American Hustle”, “Gravity” & “Her” was starting to steal some of “12 Years” thunder away, than all of a sudden DC critics, Boston critics and NY online critics gave that thunder right back to “12 Years a Slave” immediately lol. As of right now “12 Years” does appear to be the favorite, but we’ll see as the rest of these awards plays out who’ll be the favorite headed into the Oscars.

  • The one award that’s not even up for debate is Blanchett for Best Actress.

  • Fred

    Yeah from what I’ve been hearing the best actress category is the biggest lock right now, Blanchett might be in that same situation Jamie Foxx was in ’04 and both Daniel-Day Lewis and Ann Hathaway we’re last year where there was no doubt they we’re going to win.

  • Fred

    I think if “12 Years a Slave” continues to rack up Best Picture awards heading into the Oscars next year, it’s going to start taking on a similar invincibility where it’s historical meaning and powerful messages will be impossible for the Academy’s to ignore, potentially similar to “Schindler’s List” in the ’93-’94 awards season.

  • Fred

    Jeff I don’t mean to change the subject but did you ever announce the winners for the “Pacific Rim” Bluray/DVD yet, or are you still waiting to announce them. I didn’t know if you announced it yet, so I just thought I would ask.

  • Funny you ask. The winners are going to be announced tomorrow 😉

  • Fred

    Thanks Jeff, looking forward to seeing what happens. Win or lose it was cool throwing my name in the mix and just saying what the hell go for it lol.

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