St. Louis Film Critics choose their award nominees

For the News-DemocratDecember 9, 2013 

The St. Louis Film Critics Association, a professional association of working film critics in the St. Louis-area, announced its nominees for the annual St. Louis Film Critics Awards on Monday. The awards are given to recognize the best in cinema for the year.

The St. Louis Film Critics Awards nominees are posted on the association's website www.stlfilmcritics.org. Winners of the SLFC Awards will be announced at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 on the association's website www.stlfilmcritics.org.

To be eligible for an award, a film must have been shown in the greater St. Louis area in a theater or at a film festival or series, or made available to SLFC members by screening or screener during the past year. Films opening in limited run elsewhere for Oscar qualification but which will open in the St. Louis area early in the next year are eligible.

Nominees are listed alphabetically.

The 2013 St. Louis Film Critics' Award nominees are:

Best Film

"12 Years a Slave"

"American Hustle"

"Gravity"

"Her"

"Nebraska"

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity")

Spike Jonze ("Her")

Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave")

Alexander Payne ("Nebraska")

David O. Russell ("American Hustle")

Best Actor

Christian Bale ("American Hustle")

Bruce Dern ("Nebraska")

Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave")

Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station")

Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club")

Best Actress

Amy Adams ("American Hustle")

Cate Blanchette ("Blue Jasmine")

Sandra Bullock ("Gravity")

Judi Dench ("Philomena")

Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County")

Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks")

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips")

Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave")

Harrison Ford ("42")

Will Forte ("Nebraska")

Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club")

Best Supporting Actress

Scarlett Johannson ("Her")

Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle")

Lupita Nyongo ("12 Years a Slave")

Lea Seydoux ("Blue Is the Warmest Colour")

June Squibb ("Nebraska")

Best Original Screenplay

"American Hustle"

"Enough Said"

"Her"

"Nebraska"

"Saving Mr. Banks"

Best Adapted Screenplay

"12 Years a Slave"

"Before Midnight"

"Captain Phillips"

"Philomena"

"Short Term 12"

"The Spectacular Now"

Best Cinematography

"12 Years a Slave"

"The Grandmaster"

"The Great Gatsby"

"Gravity"

"Inside Llewyn Davis"

"Nebraska"

Best Visual Special Effects

"Gravity"

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

"Iron Man 3"

"Pacific Rim"

"Star Trek Into Darkness"

"Thor: The Dark World"

Best Musical Score

"12 Years a Slave"

"Gravity"

"Her"

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

"Nebraska"

"Saving Mr. Banks"

Best Soundtrack

"American Hustle"

"Despicable Me 2"

"Frozen"

"The Great Gatsby"

"Inside Llewyn Davis"

"Muscle Shoals"

Best Art Direction

"12 Years A Slave"

"The Grandmaster"

"The Great Gatsby"

"Her"

"Inside Llewyn Davis"

Best Documentary

"20 Feet from Stardom"

"The Act of Killing"

"Blackfish"

"Muscle Shoals"

"Stories We Tell"

Best Non-English Language Film

"Blue Is the Warmest Colour"

A Hijacking"

"The Hunt"

"No"

"Wadjda"

Best Comedy

"Enough Said"

"The Heat"

"Nebraska"

"The Way Way Back"

"The World's End"

Best Animated Feature

"The Croods"

"Despicable Me 2"

"Frozen"

"Monsters University"

"The Wind Rises"

Best Art-House or Festival Film

For artistic excellence in independent, international or smaller-budget films that played at film festivals, film series or had a limited-release run in St. Louis, playing one to three cinemas.

"Ain't Them Bodies Saints"

"Before Midnight"

"Blue Is the Warmest Colour"

"Frances Ha"

"In a World ..."

"Short Term 12"

Best Scene

A favorite movie scene or sequence

"12 Years a Slave" -- The hanging scene

"Captain Phillips" -- The scene near the end of the film where Tom Hanks is being checked out by military medical personnel and he breaks down.

"Gravity" -- The opening tracking shot.

"Her" -- Off-screen OS sex scene

"The Place Beyond the Pines"-- The opening scene where Ryan Gosling is walking through the carnival.

For more information on the St. Louis Film Critics Awards, the SLFC Association or the association's other film awards and activities throughout the year, contact SLFC director Cate Marquis at stlfilmcritics@gmail.com or 314-576-2912.

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