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2013 Online Film Critics Society Awards

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 16, 2013

Girls dancing next to a giant fish

Today, the Online Film Critics Society announced their annual awards as chosen by the group’s membership. One of those members includes Mike Everleth, the Executive Editor of the Underground Film Journal.

The big winner this year was Steve McQueen’s acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave, which took five of the awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The second biggest winner was Gravity, taking Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Editing and Best Cinematography; as well as Special Awards in Sound Design and Special Effects.

On the semi-underground front, the Best Documentary award went to Joshua Oppenheimer’s controversial documentary The Act of Killing, about a former Indonesian death squad leader asked to act out his “glory days.” Seen by, but not official reviewed by the Journal, The Act of Killing is a horrific and emotionally draining cinematic experience that is a must-see film. It screened this year at the Calgary Underground Film Festival and the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

The full list of OFCS winners is below:

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Feature
The Wind Rises

Best Film Not in the English Language
Blue Is the Warmest Color

Best Documentary
The Act of Killing

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarrón — Gravity

Best Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor — 12 Years a Slave

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett — Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor
Michael Fassbender — 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o — 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave

Best Editing

Best Cinematography

Special Awards:
Best Sound Design and Best Visual Effects to Gravity
To Roger Ebert, for inspiring so many of our members

Top Ten films Without a U.S. Release:
Closed Curtain
Like Father, Like Son
Our Sunhi
The Rocket
Stranger By the Lake
We Are the Best!
Le Weekend
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?