Film Honors: 2013

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today.  Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Actor Lead

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Mads Mikkelsen (Jagten)

Actor Support

Daniel Brühl (Rush)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Tahar Rahim (Le Passé)

Special Effects

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim

Screenwriting Adapted

Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12)
Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix (La vie d’Adèle)
Cristian Mungiu (Dupa dealuri)
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan (Philomena)
John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)


Screenwriting Original

Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
Asghar Farhadi (Le Passé)
Spike Jonze (Her)
Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg (Jagten)
Tobias Lindholm (Kapringen)

Costume Designing

The Great Gatsby
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Invisible Woman
Saving Mr. Banks

Set Designing

La grande bellezza
The Great Gatsby
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Picture Editing

The Bling Ring
Upstream Color


Luca Bigazzi (La grande bellezza)
Shane Carruth (Upstream Color)
Janice D’Avila, Will Etchebehere, Miguel Vassy (Elena)
Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Cast Ensemble

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
The Bling Ring
The Wolf of Wall Street

Actress Lead

Bérénice Bejo (Le Passé)
Adèle Exarchopoulos (La vie d’Adèle)

Golshifteh Farahani (Syngué sabour, pierre de patience)
Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
Brie Larson (Short Term 12)

Actress Support

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Marogt Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Léa Seydoux (La vie d’Adèle)
Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station)


Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
Abdellatif Kechiche (La vie d’Adèle)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell)

Sound Designing

Iron Man 3
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Pacific Rim

Score Composing

Alexandre Desplat (Philomena)
Daniel Hart (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints)
Mica Levi (Under the Skin)
Owen Pallett, Will Butler (Her)
Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave)


Motion Picture

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) UK / USA
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach) USA
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) UK / USA
Her (Spike Jonze) USA
Jagten (Thomas Vinterberg) Denmark
Kapringen (Tobias Lindholm) Denmark
Kaze tachinu
 (Hayao Miyazaki) Japan
La vie d’Adèle (Abdellatif Kechiche) France / Belgium / Spain
Le Passé (Asghar Farhadi) Iran / France
Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley) Canada

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A year that appeared to leave me black and blue with envy. Hit the comments section below for your out-pour of wonder and woes.


12 thoughts on “Film Honors: 2013

  1. A good year, but not great. Loved-loved-loved Frances Ha, never got on the Gravity train other than being awestruck by its technology, and a tiny bit disappointed in 12 Years a Slave only because I admire McQueen so much and this was his most commercial and conventional venture (thrilled for the Oscar, though).

    For me, 2013 was all about Inside Llewyn Davis. Hook, line and sinker. Coens' take on the artistic dream and the capitalist myth of universal entitlement – their best, in my book.

    'Hang me, ohh, hang me…”


  2. Robin, I didn't see Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley)
    and The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki) but I loved Short Term 12, and the opportunity of discover a new talent as Brie Larson. Amazing little movie. Frances Ha is fantastic as 8s Greta in it. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche) and the actresses in it was an expected surprise. Not the kind of movie that get my attention and because the buzz I saw and liked it very much. Happy to discover this new gen of promising French actresses.
    As Steve, I was like “WTF is this histeria with Gravity (Sandra was great in it, but why all that buzz, beside the technical side?) and 12 yrs (so Oscar bait, for me). I also loved much more Inside Llewyn Davis.
    Oh… The Past… It is so good…. I was afraid it would not be at the level of the last movie of the director but I was not disappointed.
    Liked also some not pretentious movies like:
    Begin Again, Locke (Tom Hardy at his best), Blue Jasmine, Before Midnight, Nebraska, Before Midnight


  3. Yeah, Frances Ha was great. A little film with so much heart. The first time I watched Her I thought it was great, but the last time I watched it, honestly it couldn't hold my attention. It's probably because I know it well enough to know it's a tough watch. My top film of the year is Gravity, followed by The Wolf of Wall Street.


  4. Yeah the Gravity / 12 Years a Slave head-to-head coverage went overboard and kind of left the many, many quality films in the dark. Like American Hustle – of course I fucking kid. Yuk. As for Inside Llewyn Davis and a few others there are films that just sit outside my “top 10” and could swap back and forth all day long. Fairly happy with that 10 though, it is solid.


  5. Before Midnight and Nebraska are tow of the films that emphasis my peeve with doing a solid 10, both sit just outside my own 10, but could easily drop in (I think the first two Linklater films made my 10 so I do feel a little bit bad).


  6. I can't not even talking about American Hustle… Not a fun at all. With exception of The Fighter, for me DOR's movies are kind like Hallmark and JL was totally miscasted. O think we already talked about it. An older and more experienced actress would do a lot of difference.


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