Monday, December 23, 2013

Kansas City Film Critics Choose "12 Years a Slave" 2013's Best Film

by Amos Semien

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle named director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave the "Best Film" of 2013.  McQueen shared the "Robert Altman Award for Best Director" with Alfonso Cuaron (for the film Gravity).  Cuaron has been a favorite of many critics groups this year.

Founded in 1967, The Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC) says that it is the "second oldest professional film critics" association in the United States" (behind the New York Film Critics Circle).  The organization is composed of media film critics in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  The KCFCC’s awards are named for the group’s founder, James Loutzenhiser, who died in November 2001.

On Sunday, December 15th, 2013, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle announced the winners of its 47th annual awards.

2013 Loutzenhiser Awards:

Best Film: 12 Years a Slave

Robert Altman Award for Best Director – Tie: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity & Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her

Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Film – Tie: Despicable Me 2 & Frozen

Best Foreign Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)

Best Documentary: The Act of Killing

Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film: Her


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