NY film critics name ‘American Hustle’ best film
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Film Critics Circle named ‘‘American Hustle’’ the best film of 2013, giving David O. Russell’s fictionalized Abscam tale an early jolt in Hollywood’s awards season.
The film was also awarded best supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence and best screenplay for the script by Russell and Eric Singer. The film, which doesn’t open in theaters until Dec. 13, is about a collection of FBI agents and con men that brought down high-profile politicians in and around New Jersey in the late 1970s.
Best actor went to Robert Redford for his near-wordless performance in the shipwreck drama ‘‘All Is Lost.’’ Cate Blanchett won best actress for her leading role as a bitter, fallen socialite in Woody Allen’s ‘‘Blue Jasmine.’’
‘‘12 Years of Slave’’ filmmaker Steve McQueen took best director for his adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoir about being abducted and sold into slavery in 19th-century Louisiana.
The critics group doesn’t frequently predict Academy Awards winners. Last year, it chose Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden hunt docudrama ‘‘Zero Dark Thirty’’ as best picture, though the group was in line with Oscar voters in 2011 with ‘‘The Artist.’’
Many prognosticators consider the front-runners this year to be ‘‘12 Years a Slave’’ and the space adventure ‘‘Gravity,’’ but early awards are finding anything but consensus. On Monday night, the Gotham Independent Awards chose the Coen brothers’ early ‘60s folk music tale ‘‘Inside Llewyn Davis’’ as best film.
The New York critics named Bruno Delbonnel’s photography for ‘‘Inside Llewyn Davis’’ best cinematography.
Best supporting actor went to Jared Leto for his performance as an HIV-afflicted transsexual in ‘‘Dallas Buyers Club.’’
Other awards included ‘‘Blue is the Warmest Color’’ for best foreign language picture, ‘‘Stories We Tell’’ for best non-fiction film, and ‘‘The Wind Rises’’ for best animated film.
The New York Film Critics Circle, a body of New York-based critics founded in 1935, announced their annual vote on Twitter. Awards will be handed out at a ceremony Jan. 6.
Award-giving continues Wednesday with the National Board of Review Awards. The Los Angeles Film Critics make their picks Sunday. Golden Globe nominations will be announced Dec. 12.
Justin Lin’s untitled Bourne film will open in theaters Aug. 14, 2015. The next chapter in the action-spy franchise returns Jeremy Renner in the role of Aaron Cross following the 2012 box office success of The Bourne Legacy.
It’s the first time Lin has directed a Bourne pic for Universal. He’s most famous for directing the Fast & Furious movies, but isn’t at the helm of Fast & Furious 7, which has become shrouded in tragedy following the death of Paul Walker in a car crash during a hiatus from shooting.
Longtime Bourne producer Frank Marshall is returning for the next installment, and will produce alongside Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith for Captivate. Lin will also produce for his Perfect Storm Entertainment.
Inspired by author Robert Ludlum’s book series, the Bourne film franchise underwent a major transformation with the departure of star Matt Damon and arrival of Renner in the lead role in The Bourne Legacy.
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NEW YORK (AP) — While shooting in Boston, David O. Russell found his film “American Hustle” caught up in the Boston Marathon bombing.
When the city was essentially shut down for the manhunt for suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev in April, the production — which had been shooting in the area — had to be stopped for a day. The experience, Russell says, was felt closely by the filmmaking crew and actors.
"It was hanging over us the whole time," Russell said in a recent interview.
"You just end up feeling the emotion and the strength of the community around you," said the director. "It just makes you more human, really, because you end up having a very human connection with, literally, everyone around you. I mean, everyone, strangers on the street. Everybody was moved and pulled together by that tragedy."
Russell, a New York native, has become increasingly identified with Massachusetts. A graduate of Amherst College, he memorably shot his Oscar-winning “The Fighter” on location in Lowell.
"American Hustle" is a fictionalized version of the Abscam sting operation conducted by the FBI in the late 1970s. The investigation was aided by a convicted con artist (played by Christian Bale in the film) and led to convictions related to bribery for a senator, six congressmen and other politicians.
Though the film largely takes place in New Jersey, Russell shot it around Massachusetts, including stops in Worcester, Medford and Salem.
"There are places there that you can’t find in the New York area that are untouched from the ’70s," Russell said. "There are parts of Massachusetts — Medford and Worcester — that haven’t really changed since the late ’70s."
The explosions on April 15 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to a 30-count federal indictment that includes charges of using a weapon of mass destruction.
Before shooting resumed for “American Hustle” in Boston, actors from the film, including Bradley Cooper, visited victims in the hospital.
"When you’re telling a story that’s full of intensity and emotion, you put it into the movie," said Russell, who last directed the acclaimed self-renewal comedy "Silver Linings Playbook." ”You put all that heart into it. There’s a lot of heart in Boston. I love having a lot of heart in my movies."
"American Hustle," which also stars Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner, opens Dec. 18.