Annual Awards

Winners to be announced Monday, December 16, 2013.

The St. Louis Film Critics, the professional association of working film critics in the St. Louis-area, announced their nominees for the annual St. Louis Film Critics Awards on Monday, December 9, 2013. The yearly awards are given to recognize the best in cinema shown in the St. Louis-area for the year.

Winners of the St. Louis Film Critics’ Awards will be announced on Monday, December 16 by press release and on the association’s website, The award winners will be decided by SLFC members’ votes on Saturday, December 14. Nominees and winners are listed alphabetically.

The 2013 St. Louis Film Critics’ Award nominees are:


Best Film

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle


Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Spike Jonze (Her)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
David O. Russell (American Hustle)


Best Actor

Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)


Best Actress

Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchette (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)


Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Harrison Ford (42)
Will Forte (Nebraska)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)


Best Supporting Actress

Scarlett Johannson (Her)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave)
Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)
June Squibb (Nebraska)


Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle
Enough Said
Saving Mr. Banks


Best Adapted Screenplay

12 Years a Slave
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Short Term 12
The Spectacular Now


Best Cinematography

12 Years a Slave (Sean Bobbitt)
The Grandmaster (Philippe Le Sourd)
The Great Gatsby (Simon Duggan)
Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Bruno Delbonnel)
Nebraska (Phedon Papamichael)


Best Visual Special Effects

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness
Thor: The Dark World


Best Musical Score

12 Years a Slave
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Saving Mr. Banks


Best Soundtrack

American Hustle
Despicable Me 2
The Great Gatsby
Inside Llewyn Davis
Muscle Shoals


Best Art Direction

12 Years A Slave
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
Inside Llewyn Davis


Best Documentary

20 Feet from Stardom
The Act of Killing
Muscle Shoals
Stories We Tell


Best Non-English Language Film

Blue Is the Warmest Colour
A Hijacking
The Hunt


Best Comedy

Enough Said
The Heat
The Way Way Back
The World’s End


Best Animated Feature

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Monsters University
The Wind Rises


Best Art-House or Festival Film

For artistic excellence in independent, international or smaller-budget films that played at film festivals, film series or had a limited-release run in St. Louis, playing one to three cinemas.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Before Midnight
Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Frances Ha
In a World…
Short Term 12


Best Scene

- A favorite movie scene or sequence

12 Years a Slave- The hanging scene
Captain Phillips – The scene near the end of the film where Tom Hanks is being checked out by military medical personnel and he breaks down.
Gravity- he opening tracking shot.
Her – OS sex scene.
The Place Beyond the Pines - The opening scene where Ryan Gosling is walking through the carnival.

The mission of the non-profit St. Louis Film Critics Association is to promote appreciation of great cinema in St. Louis and St. Louis as an area that appreciates great cinema. The member film critics review for a variety of media, in print, on radio, television and Internet in the greater St. Louis Area. SLFC also presents awards at the St. Louis International Film Festival and St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, both presented by the non-profit Cinema St. Louis.



St. Louis Film Critics’ Awards
Best Film: “Argo “
(runners-up: “Life of Pi” and "Lincoln")
Best Director: Ben Affleck ("Argo")
(runner-up): Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained") and
Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild")
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln")
(runner-up): John Hawkes ("The Sessions")
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty")
(runner-up): Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook")
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained")
(runner-up): Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln")
Best Supporting Actress: (Tie): Ann Dowd ("Compliance") and Helen Hunt ("The Sessions")
Best Original Screenplay: "Zero Dark Thirty" (Mark Boal)
(runner-up): "Django Unchained" (Quentin Tarantino)
Best Adapted Screenplay: (Tie): "Lincoln" (Tony Kushner) and "Silver Linings Playbook" (David O. Russell)
Best Cinematography: "Skyfall" (Roger Deakins)
(runner-up): "Life of Pi" (Claudio Miranda)
Best Visual Effects: "Life of Pi"
(runner-up): “The Avengers”
Best Music: (Tie): "Django Unchained" and "Moonrise Kingdom
Best Foreign-Language Film: “The Intouchables”
(runners-up): “The Fairy" and "Headhunters”
Best Documentary: “Searching for Sugar Man”
(runner-up): “Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry," "Bully" and "How To Survive A Plague"
Best Comedy: (Tie): “Moonrise Kingdom" and
Best Animated Film: “Wreck-It Ralph”
(runner-up): “ParaNorman”
Best Art-House or Festival Film (Tie): “Compliance" and "Safety Not Guaranteed"
Special Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment)

(Four-way Tie):
"Django Unchained" – The "bag head" bag/mask problems scene
"Hitchcock" – Anthony Hopkins in lobby conducting to music/audience’s reaction during "Psycho" screening
"The Impossible" - Opening tsunami scene
"The Master" – The first "processing" questioning scene between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix


St. Louis Film Critics’ Awards
Best Film: “The Artist “
(runner-up: “The Descendants”)
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist")
(runner-up): Terrence Malick ("Tree of Life")
Best Actor: George Clooney ("The Descendants")
(runner-up): Ryan Gosling ("Drive")
Best Actress: Rooney Mara ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo")
(runners-up): Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Michelle Williams ("My Week With Marilyn")
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks ("Drive")
(runner-up): Alan Rickman ("Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2")
Best Supporting Actress: Bérénice Bejo ("The Artist")
(runners-up): Octavia Spencer ("The Help") and Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants")
Best Original Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist")
(runner-up): Will Reiser ("50/50")
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Kaui Hart Hemmings (novel) for "The Descendants"
(runner-up): Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin and Michael Lewis (book) for "Moneyball"
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki ("Tree Of Life")
(runners-up): Jeff Cronenweth ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo")
and Janusz Kaminski ("War Horse")
Best Visual Effects: "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
(runner-up): “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes”
Best Music: “The Artist “
(runner-up): “Drive”
Best Foreign-Language Film: “13 Assassins”
(runner-up): “Winter in Wartime”
Best Documentary: “Being Elmo “
(runner-up): “Tabloid"
Best Comedy: “Bridesmaids”
(runner-up): “Midnight In Paris”
Best Animated Film: “The Adventures of Tintin “
(runner-up): “Rango”
Best Artistic/Creative Film (for excellence in art-house cinema) “We Need To Talk About Kevin”
(runner-up): “Win Win”
Special Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment) “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" – the opening credits
(runner-up): “The Artist" – the dance scene finale


St. Louis Film Critics’ Awards
Best Film: “The Social Network”
(runner-up: “The King’s Speech”)
Best Actor: Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”)
(runner-up): James Franco (“127 Hours”)
Best Actress: Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”)
(runner-up): Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”)
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (“The Fighter”)
(runner-up): Geoffrey Rush (“King’s Speech”)
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”)
(runner-up): Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”)
Best Director: David Fincher (“The Social Network”)
(runner-up): Christopher Nolan (“Inception”)
Best Cinematography: True Grit (“Roger Deakins”)
(runner-up): “127 Hours” (Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle)
Best Music: “The Social Network”
(runners-up): “Inception” & “Black Swan” (tie)
Best Visual Effects: “Inception”
(runner-up): “Scott Pilgrim vs The World”
Best Original Screenplay: “The King’s Speech” (David Seidler)
(runner-up): “Inception” (Christopher Nolan)
Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Social Network” (Aaron Sorkin)
(runner-up): “Winter’s Bone” (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “Micmacs”
(runners-up): “Biutiful,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” & “A Prophet” (tie)
Best Documentary: “The Tillman Story”
(runner-up): “Waiting for Superman”
Best Comedy: “Scott Pilgrim vs the World”
(runner-up): “Micmacs”
Best Animated Film: “Toy Story 3″
(runner-up): “How To Train Your Dragon”
Best Artistic/Creative Film (for excellence in art-house cinema) “Micmacs”
(runner-up): “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”
Moving the Medium Forward (for technical/artistic innovative that advances the medium) “Inception”
(runner-up): “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”
Special Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment) (tie) “127 Hours”: the zoom-up scene beginning with a tight shot on Aron (James Franco) screaming which pulls up to a wide shot of a large land area, showing how isolated he was.
(tie) “Inception”: the zero-gravity hotel hallway fight scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
- “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, Part 1″: the “obliviate” scene in which Hermione erases her parents’ memories of her.

- “Kick-Ass”: the Hit-Girl kill spree.
– “Easy A”: the John Hughes tribute near the beginning.


St. Louis Film Critics’ Awards
Best Film: “Up in the Air”
(runner-up: “The Hurt Locker”)
Best Actor: George Clooney, for “Up in the Air”
(runner-up: Patton Oswalt, for “Big Fan”)
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, for “An Education”
(runner-up: Gabourey Sidibe, for “Precious”)
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, for “Inglourious Basterds”
(runner-up: Stanley Tucci, for “The Lovely Bones”)
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, for “Precious”
(runner-up: Marion Cotillard, for “Nine”)
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, for “The Hurt Locker”
(runners-up (tie): Jason Reitman, for “Up in the Air”
and Quentin Tarantino, for “Inglourious Basterds”)
Best Cinematography: Dion Beebe, for “Nine “
(runner-up: Eduard Grau , for ” Single Man “)
Best Music: Nine
(runner-up: Crazy Heart)
Best Visual Effects: Avatar
(runner-up: Where the Wild Things Are)
Best Screenplay: Scott Neustadlter/Michael H. Weber, for “(500) Days of Summer”
(runner-up: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, for “Up in the Air”)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “Red Cliff”
(runner-up: “Treeless Mountain”)
Best Documentary: “Capitalism: A Love Story”
(runner-up: “Anvil! The Story of Anvil”)
Best Comedy: “The Hangover”
(runner-up: “(500) Days of Summer”)
Best Animated Film: “Up”
(runner-up: “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”)
Most Original, Innovative or Creative Film: “Avatar”
(runners-up (tie): “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “(500) Days of Summer”)
Favorite Scene: “Up” – Opening marriage montage
(runner-up: “Inglourious Basterds” – The opening farmhouse scene)


St. Louis Film Critics’ Awards
Best Picture: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Best Actor: Sean Penn, for “Milk”
Best Actress: Kate Winslet, for “Revolutionary Road”
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, for “The Dark Knight”
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, for “Doubt”
Best Director: Danny Boyle, for “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Cinematography: Mandy Walker, for “Australia”
Best Screenplay: Peter Morgan, for “Frost/Nixon”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Slumdog Millionaire” (UK/USA/India)
Best Documentary: “Man On Wire”
Best Comedy: “Burn After Reading”
Best Animated Film: “WALL-E”
Best Visual/Special Effects: “The Dark Knight”
Best Music (Soundtrack or
Score, Original or Adapted):
“The Visitor”
Most Original/Innovative Film: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
St. Louis Filmmakers’ Showcase Awards
Best Drama Feature “Streetballers”
Best Drama Short “Capdance”
Best Comedy Feature “Advertising for the Mob”
Best Comedy Short “Flapjacked”
Best Documentary Feature “How It Is With Phooie”
Best Documentary Short “The War Within”
Best Actor Rick McGougan in “Capdance”
Best Actress Caitlin McIntosh in “Shadowland”
Best Supporting Actor Ben Nordstrom, for “Advertising for the Mob”
Best Supporting Actress Jossalyn Theil, for “Advertising for the Mob”
Best Animated Film “Dog Park”
Best Children’s Film “Sockville”
Best Experimental Film “Anna”
Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film “Shadowland”
Most Creative Film “Movie of Your Life”
Best Director Wyatt Weed, for “Shadowland”
Best Editing Graham Metzger, for “Sugar”
Best Cinematography Derek Elz, for “Mosquito Kingdom”
Best Score Tim Maupin, for “A Small World”
Best Special Effects Chris Lawing, for “Movie of Your Life”
Best Script/Screenplay Robert Nolan Clark, Rick McGougan and Randy Hall, for “Capdance”
Best Art Direction Sara Jean Cough and Kate Stransky, for “Persephone”


St. Louis Film Critics’ Awards
Best Picture: “No Country for Old Men”
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, for “There Will be Blood”
Best Actress: Ellen Page, for “Juno”
Best Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck, for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, for “Gone Baby Gone”
Best Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, for “No Country for Old Men”
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakens, for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
Best Screenplay: Diablo Cody, for “Juno”
Best Foreign Language Film: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
Best Documentary: “Sicko”
Best Comedy: “Juno”
Best Animated/Children’s Film: “Ratatouille”
Best Visual/Special Effects: “300″
Best Score: “Sweeney Todd”
Most Original/Innovative Film: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”


St. Louis Film Critics’ Awards
Best Picture: “The Departed”
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, for “Last King of Scotland”
Best Actress: Helen Mirren, for “The Queen”
Best Supporting Actor: Djimon Hounsou, for “Blood Diamond”
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, for “Dreamgirls”
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, for “The Departed”
Best Cinematography: Stuart Dryburgh, for “The Painted Veil”
Best Screenplay: Peter Morgan, for “The Queen”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Pan’s Labyrinth”
Best Documentary: “An Inconvenient Truth”
Best Comedy: “Little Miss Sunshine”
Best Animated/Children’s Film: “Cars”
Best Visual/Special Effects: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
Best Overlooked Film: “Running With Scissors”
Most Original/Innovative Film: “United 93″
St. Louis Filmmakers’ Showcase Awards
Best Drama: “Knife Girls”
Best Comedy: “The Nightly Potato, Episodes 2 & 3″
Best Documentary: “Ivory Perry: Pioneer in the Struggle Against Lead Poisoning”
Best Young Filmmaker: Max Sommers, for “Triumph of Valor”
Most Creative Film: “Georges Melie: A Cinematic Seance”
Cleverest Script: A. (Anonymous)
Best Acting: Kristin Atkinson, for “Knife Girls”
Best Ensemble Acting: “Tapestry of Shadows”
Most Prolific Filmmaker: Sean Keough


St. Louis Film Critics’ Awards
Best Picture: “Brokeback Mountain”
Best Actor: Heath Ledger, for “Brokeback Mountain”
Best Actress: Judi Dench, for “Mrs. Henderson Presents”
Best Supporting Actor: George Clooney, for “Syriana”
Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, for “The Constant Gardener”
Best Director: Ang Lee, for “Brokeback Mountain”
Best Screenplay: Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, for “Brokeback Mountain”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Tsotsi”
Best Documentary: “March of the Penguins”
Best Comedy: “Wedding Crashers”
Best Visual/Special Effects: “King Kong”
Most Original/Innovative Film: “Sin City”


St. Louis Film Critics’ Awards
Best Picture: “The Aviator”
Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, for “Ray”
Best Actress: Hilary Swank, for “Million Dollar Baby”
Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Hayden Church, for “Sideways”
Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, for “The Aviator”
Best Director (Drama): Martin Scorsese, for “The Aviator”
Best Director (Comedy/Musical): Alexander Payne, for “Sideways”
Best Cinematography: Xiaoding Zhao, for “House of Flying Daggers”
Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, for “Sideways”
Best Foreign Language Film: “A Very Long Engagement,” and “The Motorcycle Diaries” (tie)
Best Documentary: “Fahrenheit 9/11″
Best Comedy/Musical: “Sideways”
Best Animated Film: “The Incredibles”
Best Visual Effects: “The Incredibles,” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” (tie)
Best Score: “Ray”
Best Art Direction: “House of Flying Daggers,” “The Aviator” (tie)