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'12 Years a Slave' Wins Big in Boston. 'Wolf of Wall St' a Perpetual Bridesmaid.

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire December 8, 2013 at 2:48PM

'The Wolf of Wall Street' came second in several categories, but not enough voters had seen the film.
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The Boston Society of Film Critics announced their annual awards today, with the list below being updated as results are posted.

Via his Twitter accountBoston Globe critic Ty Burr offered a behind-the-the scenes look at the votes, and Peter Keough kept a live tally on Critics a Go-Go. The constant: Observations about The Wolf of Wall Street screening late and many critics not being able to see it. Given that Wolf finished second in five categories -- Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Use of Music, it's hard to imagine more screenings wouldn't have resulted in at least a win or two.

Leonardo DiCaprio finished second for Best Actor for The Wolf of Wall Street.

Cate Blanchett's win in Blue Jasmine was a first-ballot cakewalk.

After some debate over whether he qualified, James Gandolfini won Supporting Actor on the fourth ballot, with Captain Phillips' Barkhad Abdi and Dallas Buyers Club's Jared Leto tied for second.

12 Years a Slave came second to Nebraska for Ensemble Cast, with some suggesting August: Osage County's Meryl Streep for "our annual Anne Bancroft Award for Overacting."

Best Screenplay took five ballots to decide, with Enough Said prevailing over The Wolf of Wall Street. Again, Burr expressed regret more voters hadn't seen Wolf.

Voting for Best Animated Film was preceded by a statement from Village Voice critic Inkoo Kang, who echoed accusations that Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises goes easy on war criminals. After a polite debate, The Wind Rises won the award, with Frozen finishing a close second and four critics abstaining.

The Act of Killing's Joshua Oppenheimer finished second for Best New Filmmaker, winning best documentary shortly thereafter.

Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster finished second for cinematography.

Burr quipped that the "best editing" award should be changed to "most editing," a complaint often lodged of the Academy Awards as well. The Wolf of Wall Street came second; Burr speculated it might have done better had more critics been able to see the film first.

Runners-up for "Best Use of Music," an award unique to the BSFC, were Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Best Foreign-Language Film: Wadja

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Actress: June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Supporting Actor: James Gandolfini, Enough Said

Best Ensemble Cast: Nebraska

Best Screenplay: Enough Said

Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Best New Filmmaker: Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station

Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises

Best Cinematography: Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best Editing: Rush (Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill)

Best Use of Music in a Film: Inside Llewyn Davis

This article is related to: Best of 2013


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