MoviefiedNYC‘s Ten Best Movies of 2017

Here it is, better late than never, MoviefiedNYC‘s Ten Best Movies of 2017. It was not a banner year for great movies but once the last quarter arrived, September through December ultimately redeemed 2017 and proved to be an ok year at the movies!        Here are the Ten Best of 2017 as seen by John David West:

1. Dunkirk


Witnessing Christopher Nolan’s latest experiment with time was initially frustrating, but ultimately mind-blowing. It was a unique cinematic experience making for a refreshing departure from the sappy Hollywood war film—or any predictable narrative, plot-driven movie. Nolan takes viewers through a turning point of WWII with an immersive experience on land, sea, and air, revealing the soldiers’ confusion, fear, and drive to survive. Their experience is the viewer’s experience and is historic and important from a cinematic perspective. Hans Zimmer’s score is equally effective as are incredible visuals by Hoyte Van Hoytema (Interstellar).

2. The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro is at the top of his game with this beautifully conceived fairytale for adults. With exquisite art direction, fluid cinematography by Dan Laustsen, a dreamy score by Alexandre Desplat (The Tree of Life), and a strong performance by Sally Hawkins; the world that del Turo has created makes this film stand out as one of the most unique movies of 2017. One can’t help but think of the 1955 classic B-movie, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, but this m/animal has more depth and love. And there’s a Good versus Evil element, with Good represented by characters on the margins of society.

3. Phantom Thread


Director Paul Thomas Anderson delivers a quiet mood piece that is beautifully styled, and artistically stylized. It’s lovely to look at, thanks to Anderson’s careful attention to detail in every shot. The cinematography—by Anderson himself—brings viewers in close contact with the fabric and feel of dresses as the characters make them. The score by Jonny Greenwood equally matches the lush visual textures seen on screen. This is a film involving three people: dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville), and Reynolds’ lover, Alma (Vicky Krieps). All actors are as exquisite as the other elements of this film and delicately funny.

4. Call Me by Your Name

Is this the annual pretentious film appealing only to lovers of high art, beauty, language, and the finer things in life that elevate us? Those elements are all there in a multi-linguistic script that is balanced and restrained, thanks to Luca Guadagnino’s measured direction. The film’s elements are indeed beautiful (the “Somewhere in northern Italy” location, the actors, and the soundtrack), but above all, the film’s subject is universally relatable. No matter whom you love, the pain of love and loss sticks with you long after the film’s credits end—and what’s portrayed behind those final credits makes the film devastating and unforgettable.

5. I, Tonya

Movie snobs beware, Tonya Harding is the subject of a narrative film and it’s funny and campy, it winks at its audience in a faux documentary style, it’s a tragic comedy about a comically tragic event, and it’s damn good. When I first heard about I, Tonya, I thought, “oh hell yes, this will be a hoot to watch,” a hoot in the campy Lifetime movie sense—certainly not in the Academy Award level sense! Margo Robbie kills it as Tonya. We are with her—elevated with joy—when she triple axels her way to the top of the podium at the US Championships, and we feel the pain of a too harsh sentencing when she’s stripped of her US figure skating rights and never allowed to skate again. One can’t help but think, “Jesus, at least let her skate in an animal suit in Ice Capades; she’s not a child molester or a drug kingpin—it’s just ice-skating after all!” Allison Janney also kills as Tonya’s monstrous mother. For a film about a kooky moment in sports history that centers on a bunch of foolhardy “Boobs,” it’s impressive how moving I, Tanya is.

6. Get Out

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Jordan Peele brilliantly takes the anxiety felt by American minorities and submerges it into a thriller to capture today’s racial tension. This multilayered horror, sometimes-comedy draws on the ever-present U.S. issues of black and white racial tensions and the legacies of American slavery. Peele makes us question where all the racists suddenly came from when Trump became President, folks who were previously silenced and muzzled by political correctness. Get Out is not only a good horror film—a difficult achievement in itself—it’s a film that will be remembered as an important movie that reflects the time in which it was made.

7. Florida Project

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Sean Baker’s latest social-realistic film introduces viewers to another set of enigmatic characters who live on the fringe of society. Halley (Bria Vinaite) and her daughter (Brooklynn Prince) survive on the edge of homelessness in a motel called the Magic Castle, near Disney World. The exterior of the motel is a vibrant cheap purple, and this creates a delightfully colorful world in contrast to occupants’ poverty, but at the same time reflects the children’s joyous summertime play. The film easily brings back memories of those days of childhood wonder, regardless of one’s economic status or what neighborhood you grew up in. Their world contrasts sharply to Disney’s with its pricy fun far out of financial reach to many. Too obvious a metaphor? Perhaps, but watching these characters live makes the film remarkable.  Florida Project doesn’t have a deeply complicated plot and the mother doesn’t have a traditional character arc whereby she learns and grows—she’s a tragic figure. Above all Brooklynn Prince, whose naturalness infuses Florida Project with energy and charm, makes you want to keep watching her—and everyone—live and behave in their world.

8. Faces Places

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At 89 years old Agnès Varda—a legend of the French New Wave—is still making movies, and this time she’s found sweet perfection as she teams up with 35 year old photographer, JR. Together they make for the most unlikely duo to entertain audiences in years. Faces Places is a road movie that travels through rural France and shows us the extraordinary beauty of seemingly ordinary people. And the movie may make a historic stamp on cinema when the father of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard, makes the mother of the French New Wave cry—he doesn’t even appear in the movie and yet Goddard is still affecting cinema.

9. Good Time

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Who is that scruffy skinny actor so full of energy? Why it’s Robert Pattinson! He plays the worst brother a sibling could be cursed with, especially one who is mentally disabled. After a bank robbery that goes really bad, Connie’s (Robert Pattinson younger brother Nick (Benny Safdie one-half of the film’s brother directors) ends up in prison. Good Time has been compared to Martin Scorsese’s 1985 Tribeca odyssey After Hours. The comparison is certainly fair, only this NYC odyssey pushes it to full-throttle taking viewers in a rapid fire pace through Manhattan and God knows which borough of New York City.

10. mother!

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Without a doubt mother! is the most polarizing film of the year. It pissed a lot of people off, made others laugh, and inspired endless “WTF” text messages upon its release. Once the allegory is clear, mother! sends your mind spinning. It’s an apocalyptic, biblical tale that layers on elements of war, invasion, and climate change, resulting in an experience that is disturbing, maddening, and sits with you for days. Michelle Pfeiffer delivers one of her best performances in years, and Jennifer Lawrence (this year’s Razzie nominee for worst actress), is well cast in one of her best role since Winter’s Bone.

Honorable Mention:

Blade Runner 21. Bladerunner 2049
2. Lady Bird
3. Coco
4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
5. Mudbound

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MoviefiedNYC Review: Susanne Bier and the stupid Serena

Serena

Bradley Cooper? Check. Jennifer Lawrence? Check. Outstanding Oscar-worthy film of the century? Don’t make me laugh. While Serena has all the makings of a beautiful yet tragic love story – amazing on-screen chemistry, gorgeous period clothes, a tragedy Shakespeare himself would be proud of – it is probably the worst movie I have seen so far this year – that’s including John Wick. Its journey to distribution is best described as an odyssey, and proves there are people far smarter than I who know not to watch this garbage. Not only is JLaw grossly miscast as the psychotic, infertile, and possessive wife of a timber baron, but the plot moves at an unbearably slow pace that you actually find yourself begging for mercy. The film follows the story of a young man (Bradley Cooper) who, upon marrying the seductive and mysterious Serena (Jennifer Lawrence), withdraws to the rich landscape of the American forest to continue managing his expanding empire. Things between the obsessive couple sour, however, when she suffers a miscarriage and can therefore not bear any children. Serena withdraws, and her husband finds himself drawn to the lovechild he had long before he met her, yearning for fatherhood. The film is, in theory, a great testament to the changing nature of relationships and shows that obsession and love are not the same thing.

Now I love JLaw – who does not love zee JLaw? – but she has yet again become the victim of overly-zealous casting directors hoping to have awards thrown at them for casting a beautiful and entirely capable young actress in a role meant for someone years ahead of her, and with a helluva lot more acting chops to draw from. Does it really surprise anyone that she – 20 when the film was made – struggles to convey the psychosis of finding oneself unable to have children in the ‘30s and isolated in a huge forest, forced to confront the lovechild of her husband daily? Not bloody really. The first half of the film follows her from a distant, “she’s not like other girls”, lens. This is totally bearable, but things start to go downhill when the director, Bier, asks us to start taking her seriously. Insert multiple shots of JLaw drinking, staring into a fire and dramatically turning over tables. At no point do you sympathize with her, either as a woman, a victim or a wife. Within a character driven piece like this, that is practically murder.

But I think the real bee in my bonnet with this film is how it tries to romanticize what could otherwise have been a really gritty and truthful account of not only a relationship going sour, but also a woman struggling to overcome what is expected of her, and break free of what she feels as an obligation to her husband. Never does Serena talk about having a child to fulfil herself: it is rather to give her husband what he wants, a son. This film could have been a great examination of the male ego, and how women so frequently suffer at the hands of society, but instead Jennifer Lawrence plays, yet again, a crazy beotch with mildly laughable crying face (see Kim Kardashian for example). Her husband never truly pays the price for what he has put her through – instead ignoring her once she becomes of little use to him – and I think we all know that Bradley Cooper is better than that. It feels like such a pity that two great actors couldn’t have had more complimentary performances; instead, it often feels like we are watching two different films. And things start to feel a little bit lonely when you realise they are really the only characters in the film, and that you don’t like either of them.

Unfortunately, I think it all comes down to Susanne Bier. Every opportunity the film has to change your mind, and ask you to take the cast seriously, takes an almost hilarious turn. In reality, it honestly feels like Bier had a vision and resisted the input of her own actors. It just teaches you that brilliant actors and a visionary director do not always make a great movie.

—Lottie Abrahams

Opening This Weekend: March 27th

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March gets us closer to summer blockbusters, and further away from Awards season, so we find ourselves in the midst of an awkward movie phase. But, and this is a big but, March offers some subtle delights you couldn’t find anywhere else. So whether you choose to checkout that indie movie you’ve heard so much about, or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.

Get Hard

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Stars: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie

Directed by: Ethan Cohen

Synopsis: Will Ferrell stars as millionaire James King, a businessman sentenced to prison for charges of fraud. He seeks help from Kevin Hart to help prep him for his life behind bars.

Our Two Cents: Is this racist? Is is though?

Home (in 3D)

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Stars: Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin

Directed by: Tim Johnson

Synopsis: A cheery alien race lands on Earth, hoping to save them from the pursuing enemy by relocating them to a Desert Planet. However, one girl avoids capture, and in befriending a simple alien, she hopes to defeat the enemy and save the world.

Our Two Cents: No harm no foul – everyone needs an animated film every once in a while.

Serena

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Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper

Directed by: Susanne Bier

Synopsis: Just before the Depression, timbre magnate George Pemberton struggles to sustain his empire. The arrival of his wife appears to be his saving, but her irrational behaviour and growing disdain for his lovechild makes her a dangerous adversary.

Our Two Cents: This film is already out in England, and it’s terrifyingly bad – you may lose faith in Lawrence altogether.

While We’re Young (Limited)

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Stars: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried.

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Synopsis: A middle-aged couple who maintain a seemingly lovely if not simple life are forced to question everything they have but together with the arrival of a younger couple.

Our Two Cents: Charming and funny.

Opening this Weekend: November 21st

November is peak movie time, really: we find ourselves in the center of award season build up, and for the most part the films are truly breathtaking – there’s always one that holds you and just won’t let go. I remember seeing Her about this time last year, and so my expectations are naturally high – don’t let me down, Interstellar

So, whether you choose to checkout that indie movie you’ve heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater. 

–Lottie Abrahams



November 21st 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson

Synopsis:  The rebellion in Panem is growing stronger, and following the events from the previous Hunger Games instalment, Katniss has been taken to safety to lead the rebellion from below. However, Peeta still remains a captive of President Snow, and ultimately becomes a useful pawn of the Capitol. Katniss must choose between the fate of her people and the one she loves. 

Two Cents: I’m still mad that they split it into two films, but of course I’m going to pay (twice) to see this film.  


The Imitation Game

Director: Morten Tyldum
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong

Synopsis:  Based on the true story of Alan Turing, The Imitation Game explores one man’s journey to fight for his country and his freedom, even when the two collide. Turing was recruited by British Intelligence to crack the world’s toughest code – Enigma – used by the Germans during the World War. Under constant scrutiny, Turing develops the world’s first computer, capable of decrypting code in a matter of minutes. However, he is forced to question his whole life when rumours concerning his sexuality arise, and threaten to compromise not only his work but his freedom.

Two Cents: Cumberbatch is simply breathtaking, and even manages to make Keira Knightley smile.  


Director: J.C. Khoury
Stars: Connie Nielsen, Jonathan Sadowski, Sara Paxton

Synopsis:  Harry, a self-professed playboy, has had young and old alike. However, he runs into a big problem when he meets Grace, who might just be the one to break his one-night streak. As true love nears, he realises that he slept with her married mother a number of months ago, culminating in one, very clichéd, weekend when he ‘meets’ her parents. 

Two Cents: This honestly looks so stupid the words I’m currently using might be a waste.  

Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh

Synopsis:  A small town seems to be unaware that a beautiful yet strange vampire stalks their streets at night, provoking the interest of a number of gentlemen. 

Two Cents: The trailer is breathtakingly beautiful, and I am openly calling it that Ana Lily Amirpour is one to watch.  

Director: John Herzfield
Stars: Nelly, Sylvester Stallone, Lauren Cohan, Kyra Sedgwick, Thomas Jane, Tom Sizemore, Kelsey Grammar, Terry Crews, Cary Elwes

Synopsis:  A self-help book touches the lives of a huge variety of people in desperate situations, but there is just one problem – no-one knows where or who the author is. In a bid to track him down and thank him, people collide and find the true meaning of courage. 

Two Cents: The premise is quite dorky but the acting looks rather fantastic (yes, even from you, Stallone)


Director: Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Bigalondo,
Stars: Emilia Ares Zoryan, Emmy Argo, Amanda Baker, Calvin Reeder

Synopsis:  I think this film is about a group of teenagers who watch a collection of video tapes that recorded bizarre ghostly activity and attacks of a gang. I think the ghosts/people are now after them. I think.

Two Cents: I watched the trailer four times and still couldn’t figure out what the plot was. Generic sequel to generic unoriginal horror film.



   
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Movie-Still Monday: Oscars stops Twitter!


From the front row of the Academy Awards, Ellen DeGeneres took this #selfie (with a few A-listers) that brought down twitter for many users, broke the record for most retweeted tweet of all-time, and also topped one million retweets for a single Twitter post. Ellen thank you for a fun show and humanizing what could have been a very stuffy evening. 

MoviefiedNYC – Ari’s Final Oscar Predictions

It is finally here: the day before the Oscar nominations. The air is crisp, sky is bright, and the Hollywood facelifts are lifted! All of Hollywood is on the edge of their seats to see whose work will be recognized by the highest honor that can be bestowed upon films.


Below are my nomination predictions for the top five categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

Gravity

American Hustle

Nebraska  

Philomena

Captain Phillips

Saving Mr. Banks

Her 

The Wolf of Wall Street

Dallas Buyers Club

The Academy rules state that there can be between five and ten nominees in the Best Picture category. (5% of the voters must rank a film as number 1 in order for the film to garner a nomination.) As such, I am going on the assumption that there will be 10 nominees. 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and American Hustle are all but guaranteed nominations. Each of these films has been lauded by critics and they continue to receive nominations and awards from various critics’ circles and guilds. Nebraska has surprised many by garnering numerous nominations for its cast (Bruce Dern and June Squibb) and Alexander Payne’s quirky screenplay. In the past, this formula has worked for Payne (see Sideways), so this is a pretty safe bet. The phenomenal performances and incredible subject matter from Philomena, Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. Banks will likely help catapult these into the Best Picture category. An original premise, quiet but amazing characters, and beautiful direction may help Her get a slot in this category. However, it is such a quiet film that the Academy may feel that a Best Original Screenplay nomination is enough. The Wolf of Wall Street could really go either way: on one hand, everyone loves Martin Scorsese films that push the envelope. On the other hand, Hollywood likes nothing more than saying Marty was robbed. While the transformative performances in Dallas Buyers Club will definitely be recognized, the film’s unfocused script may hold it back from a Best Picture nod.

Best Actor


Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Chitewel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Christian Bale, American Hustle

There is no doubt in my mind that the first four actors on this list will be nominated. They have all continually been nominated or won every major award this season. The fifth slot is the hardest to predict. The Screen Actors’ Guild Awards nominated Forrest Whitaker’s work in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, but the film’s early release and mediocre reviews make Whitaker’s chances slim. Robert Redford, Joaquin Phoenix, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christian Bale all received Golden Globe nominations for their performances, with DiCaprio winning the award. While all of them have a decent chance, I am going to give the edge to Christian Bale and his ridiculously intricate comb-over.

Possible Surprise: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street 

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena 

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks 

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Similar to the Best Actor race, the first four contenders in this category will most likely hear their names called in the wee hours of Thursday morning. In any other year, I would have automatically said Meryl Streep’s performance as the acid-tongued matriarch of the dysfunctional Weston clan in August: Osage County would receive the nomination. However, Amy Adams’s cleavage baring con-artist in American Hustle could benefit from the love that Hustle has been garnering in Hollywood. I am going to give the edge to Streep because, let’s face it, with a record 17 nominations and three wins, it is obvious that the Academy loves her.

Possible Surprise: Amy Adams, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor


Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club 

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Daniel Brühl, Rush 

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Even though the nominations have not yet been announced, it is pretty obvious that Jared Leto will win the Oscar. His performance as Rayon, the cross-dressing AIDS patient, has stunned audiences. Academy, just engrave the statuette now. Fassbender and Abdi’s performances as the villains in their respective films will also be nominated. Brühl and Cooper are the dark horses. Brühl has been a surprise nominee at both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards. This may be enough to give the German actor his first Oscar nomination. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: everyone loves American Hustle. Cooper’s horrifically permed federal agent may benefit from the love. The only exception here may be James Gandolfini for Enough Said. After his untimely death, Gandolfini’s sweet performance of a man trying to find love after 50 seemed like the perfect way for this gentle giant to say good-bye. The Academy may decide to honor that good-bye.

Possible Surprise: James Gandolfini, Enough Said

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

June Squibb, Nebraska

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County 

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

This was, by far, the most difficult category for me to predict. Obviously, there are the front runners (Lawrence, Nyong’o, and Squibb), however, I keep changing the last two slots. It is going to be some combination of Roberts, Hawkins, and Oprah Winfrey for Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Roberts does have an advantage over the other two actresses because she has benefited from multiple nominations for this performance. Hawkins work in Blue Jasmine was incredible. It is also a performance in a Woody Allen movie, and the Academy loves to nominate the actors in Allen’s films (i.e. Diane Wiest–twice!, Michael Caine, Chazz Palminteri). However, the leading performance by Cate Blanchett may make the Academy forget Hawkins like SAG did. Winfrey has a double disadvantage: The Butler came out in August and it may have faded from voters memories at this point. She also did not receive a Golden Globe nomination. Honestly, this may tarnish her chances. Winfrey did receive a nomination from SAG, and SAG members are Academy members, as well. Bottom line: Hawkins will prevail.

Possible Surprise: Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler


-Ariadne Ansbro


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Golden Globe nominations are heating up Awards season

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has spoken and the Golden Globe nominations are in.


By separating the movie categories into Drama and Musical or Comedy, the Golden Globes is able to honor more of the potential Oscar hopefuls and, alternatively, completely disrupt my prediction process. 


Due to all of the hype and critics awards, it comes as no surprise that 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle each received seven nominations, more than any other film.  Submitting American Hustle as a Comedy was a bold choice for the producers, but one that ultimately paid off for the actors.  The crowded Best Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama category may not have made room for Christian Bale or Amy Adams, especially since they were noticeably absent from the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

The Best Supporting Actor category did not vary much from the SAG nominees.  Daniel Brühl was nominated for his portrayal of Formula One racer Niki Lauda and newcomer Barkhad Abdi’s powerhouse performance as a Somali pirate who takes over a US cargo ship in Captain Phillips, triumphed over their early fall release dates and any possibility that the films may have faded from voters’ memories.  The only variation from the SAG nominees in this category is the inclusion of Bradley Cooper for American Hustle instead of the late James Gandolfini’s final performance in Enough Said

Indie favorite Nebraska continues to prove itself by garnering nominations for the film (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy) and actors Bruce Dern and Jane Squibb.  Greta Gerwig also gained a nod as the title character of the acclaimed indie darling, Frances Ha

A surprise omission was the absence of any nominations for Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  While the film garnered mediocre reviews, the SAG nominated the cast, Forrest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey.  This oversight may be enough to make Academy voters hesitate before casting their votes for the melodrama.

The Golden Globes will be announced on January 12, 2014 and hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
So, readers, now it’s your turn to weigh in. Tell us who you’d vote for and why! Tweet us @moviefiednyc
–Ariadne Ansbro

Best Motion Picture — Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Brühl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Director — Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
American Hustle, Eric Singer, David O. Russell
Her, 
Spike Jonze
Nebraska, 
Bob Nelson
Philomena
, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
“Please, Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
All is Lost
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
12 Years a Slave

The Book Thief
Gravity

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Woody Allen