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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 viewing.

Special Honor: Career Excellence

Hayao Miyazaki

Special Honor: Female Filmmaking

Sarah Polley

Special Honor: World Cinema

Asghar Farhadi

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 (The Hunt)

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 (The Past)

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 (Blue is  the Warmest Color)
Cristian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills)
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan (Philomena)
John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)

Screenwriting Original

Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
Asghar Farhadi (The Past)
Spike Jonze (Her)
Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt)
Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking)

Special Honor: LGBTQ Representation

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

Costume Designing

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

Set Designing

The Great Beauty
The Great Gatsby
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Picture Editing

The Bling Ring
Upstream Color


Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty)
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 (The Past)
Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is  the Warmest Color)
Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone)
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 (Blue is  the Warmest Color)
Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station)


Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is  the Warmest Color)
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

“I See Fire” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
“Atlas” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Becomes The Color” Stoker
“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)

Motion Picture

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) UK / USA
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach) USA
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) UK / USA
Her (Spike Jonze) USA
The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg) Denmark
A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm) Denmark
The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki) Japan
Blue is  the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche) France / Belgium / Spain
The Past (Asghar Farhadi) Iran / France
Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley) Canada

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