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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Gets Last-Ditch Boost from National Society of Film Critics

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 4, 2014 at 4:37PM

This has not been a good week for Joel and Ethan Coen’s dark music drama “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which failed to score nominations from the Producers or Writers Guild. Since Cannes, it's been a critics' darling, although it did not win big with the year-end critics groups (except for the Toronto Film Critics Association) until now. The late-voting National Society of Film Critics (56 members nationwide) came through in the pinch, according "Inside Llewyn Davis" its top awards: picture, director, actor (Oscar Isaac) and cinematography.
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Picture: “Inside Llewyn Davis” (23)

Runners-up: “American Hustle” (17); “12 Years a Slave” (16); “Her” (16)


Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, “Inside Llewyn Davis” (25)

Runners-up: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” (18); Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” (15)


Actor: Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis” (28)

Runners-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave” (19); Robert Redford, “All Is Lost” (12)


Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” (57)

Runners-up: Adele Exarchopoulos, “Blue Is the Warmest Color” (36); Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight” (26)


Supporting actor: James Franco, “Spring Breakers” (24)

Runners-up: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” (20); Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips” (14)


Supporting actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle” (54)

Runners-up: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” (38); Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine” (18); Lea Seydoux, “Blue Is the Warmest Color” (18)


Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight” (29)

Runners-up: Joel and Ethan Coen, “Inside Llewyn Davis” (26); Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, “American Hustle” (18)


Foreign-language film: “Blue Is the Warmest Color” (27)

Runners-up: “A Touch of Sin” (21); “The Great Beauty” (15)


Nonfiction: “The Act of Killing” and “At Berkeley” (tie, 20)

Runner-up: “Leviathan” (18)


Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, “Inside Llewyn Davis” (28)

Runners-up: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Gravity” (26); Phedon Papamichael, “Nebraska” (17)


Film Still Awaiting U.S. Distribution: “Stray Dogs” and “Hide Your Smiling Faces”


Film Heritage:

“Too Much Johnson”

“American Treasures From the New Zealand Film Archive”

“Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios”

“The Hitchcock 9″

This article is related to: Critics Groups, Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.