'12 Years Slave' Nabs Top Prize

Helming award goes to Alfonso Cuaron for 'Gravity'

LONDON — Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” took top prize Sunday at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, which started with a tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose death was announced earlier in the day.

“12 Years a Slave” also won kudos for actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o).

McQueen said that the critic who mattered the most to him was his mother, who had approved of the film. “There’s critics, there’s scholars, but then there’s your mum, so I’m very pleased about that,” he told the Daily Mail.

Alfonso Cuaron took the helming award for “Gravity,” which was also honored for its special effects, as Tim Webber received the technical achievement award.

The Coen Brothers were named best scriptwriters for “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The actress prize went to Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine,” and the supporting actor award was taken hostage by Barkhad Abdi for “Captain Phillips.”

Clio Barnard’s “The Selfish Giant” was named best British film, and the film’s Conner Chapman took the award for young British performer.

LONDON CRITICS’ CIRCLE FILM AWARDS
Film – 12 Years a Slave
Foreign-language Film – Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Documentary – The Act of Killing
British Film – The Selfish Giant
Director – Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Screenwriter – Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis
Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Actress – Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Supporting Actor – Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
British Actor – James McAvoy, Filth/Trance/Welcome to the Punch
British Actress – Judi Dench, Philomena
Young British Performer – Conner Chapman, The Selfish Giant
Breakthrough British Filmmaker – Jon S. Baird, Filth
Technical Achievement Award – Tim Webber, Gravity special effects
Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film – Gary Oldman

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