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The new feature from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, won two big prizes at the 2013 awards of the Toronto Film Critics Association: Best Picture, and Best Actor for Oscar Isaac, who plays the title character.
“It’s been an unusually thrilling year for cinema,” said TFCA President and Maclean's film critic Brian D. Johnson in a release. “And these awards celebrate a remarkable diversity." The awards were voted on at a meeting of critics on Dec. 15, and announced today.
The Best Director prize this year went to Alfonso Cuarón for his space survival thriller Gravity. Alfonso talked to George earlier this year about the film:
Other winners included Joshua Oppenheimer, who won the 2013 BMO Allan King Documentary Award for The Act of Killing; Cate Blanchett, who took the Best Actress award for her performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine; Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, who won Best Animated Feature for his final feature The Wind Rises; and Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke, who won for Best Foreign-Language Film for A Touch of Sin.
The 2013 TFCA Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Toronto on Jan. 7, 2014, at which one final prize will be announced: the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, which carries a $100,000 cash prize. Three features were nominated this year: Gabrielle, directed by Louise Archambault; Watermark, a documentary directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky; and The Dirties, directed by Matt Johnson, which we first wrote about during National Bullying Prevention Month earlier this year.
The Dirties, incidentally, was distributed by Kevin Smith's company, Kevin Smith Movie Club (Smith will be in the red chair on Thursday, December 19 at 7 and 11:30 p.m.) When he acquired the distribution rights to the film, Smith said, "This is the most important film you will see all year. Matt Johnson has mashed up the found-footage film and the faux-documentary genres and crafted the most original, hypnotic and human movie about a monster-in-the-making you will ever see."
For the full list of winners and runners-up, head over to the Toronto Film Critics Association website.
The 2014 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards will be announced on January 7, 2014.