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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 based on viewings.

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)
Margot 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

Song Composing

“Young and Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby”
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
“So You Know What It’s Like” from “Short Term 12”
“My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)” from “12 Years a Slave”

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)
"Gravity," Steven Price, composer
"Rush," Hans Zimmer, composer
"Saving Mr. Banks," Thomas Newman, composer
"Wadjda," Max Richter, composer
"The Wind Rises," Joe Hisaishi, composer

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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