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‘American Hustle’ Named Best Film by New York Film Critics Circle

David O. Russell feature wins three awards including one for screenplay and one for supporting actress Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle

American Hustle” has been named best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle, which handed helmer David O. Russell’s film a trio of awards that also included supporting actress (for Jennifer Lawrence) and screenplay (for co-scribes Russell and Eric Warren Singer).

NYFCC’s lead acting awards went to Robert Redford for “All is Lost” and Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine,” while Jared Leto nabbed the supporting actor title for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

“12 Years a Slave,” the title that dominated the Gotham Awards nominations but walked away with no trophies from Monday night’s ceremony, scored the NYFCC laurel for director Steve McQueen. “Fruitvale Station,” which picked up two prizes at the Gotham Awards, rode the momentum to win best first film, while “Blue is the Warmest Color” scored foreign film, “The Wind Rises” took the animated trophy and “Stories We Tell” won for documentary.