With Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tying for the top spot at the Producers Guild Awards last night, we see the first tie in the PGA’s history. It also might be a much-needed wrench in American Hustle‘s march to Oscar (thank goodness). I saw one person tweet last night that they thought this was the tightest race since 2000 – which was the year Gladiator, Traffic and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon all were pushing for Oscar gold (and in the end, they all had four awards before Gladiator took Best Picture, ending with five awards). 2000 was actually the first year I’d seen all the Best Picture nominees (for bittersweet reasons), so I will always love that race. My feeling is 12 Years A Slave will take Best Picture and Alfonso Cuarón takes Best Director for Gravity, but we’ll see after the DGA awards.
I don’t know if I saw the wrong movies this year or if cinema just really let me down this year or maybe I’m just getting burned out, but I didn’t fall in love with movies as much this year as previous years. Last year was the same. I think the last year I saw a lot of movies that I truly loved was 2011 (and 2009. Boy, I loved 2009). That said, you can see all the 2013 releases I watched here and after the cut you can see the fifteen that rose to the top of my favor this year.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Blue is the Warmest Color
Runner-up: The Great Beauty
BEST PICTURE (tie): Gravity and Her
BEST ACTRESS (tie): Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine and Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
BEST SCREENPLAY: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
Runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her
BEST ACTOR: Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her
BEST DOCUMENTARY, Stories We Tell
Runner-up: The Act of Killing
Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award:Cabinets Of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce
BEST MUSIC SCORE, T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis
Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett, Her
BEST ANIMATION, Ernest & Celestine
Runner-up: The Wind Rises
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, Winner (tie): James Franco, Spring Breakers, and Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Runner-up, Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
BEST EDITING: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity
Runner-up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery, Upstream Color
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Runner-up: June Squibb, Nebraska
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: K.K. Barrett, HER
Runner-up: Jess Gonchor, Inside Llewyn Davis
October was a busy month for me (I saw An American Werewolf in London on the big screen not once, but TWICE), but I think I got a fair amount of film watching in. I did keep up with a horror film a day, as well as a few others here and there – also saw several 2013 releases, four of which I will discuss a little more after the cut.
I really love Alfonso Cuarón. He’s filmed a couple of my all-time favorite movies. I’ve seen all but one of his feature-length films. The one I haven’t seen is his debut feature film, Sólo con tu pareja, so I won’t be talking about that one. What I love so much about Cuarón is that he’s done an interesting variety of films. I think each one of his films is different from the other, but at the same time they all share Cuarón’s distinctive directorial style.