12 Years a Slave

As a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), I’m lucky enough to be one of 50 area critics who vote on the best movies and performances of the year. This was a particularly impressive year at the movies, but after months of going to movies together and weeks of screening DVDs at home, we finally voted and the movie that came up on top is Steve McQueen’s harrowing adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoir “12 Years a Slave,” which received six honors from us this year, including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Score, and Best Acting Ensemble. Check your local critics’ picks for the best at the movies this year!


Best Film:
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”)

Best Actor:
Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”)

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”)

Best Supporting Actor:
Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”)

Best Supporting Actress:
Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”)

Best Acting Ensemble:
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Youth Performance:
Tye Sheridan (“Mud”)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”)

Best Original Screenplay:
Spike Jonze (“Her”)

Best Animated Feature:

Best Documentary:

Best Foreign Language Film:
“The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Belgium)

Best Art Direction:
Production Designer: Catherine Martin, Set Decorator: Beverley Dunn (“The Great Gatsby”)

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, A.M.C. (“Gravity”)

Best Editing:
Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger (“Gravity”)

Best Original Score:
Hans Zimmer (“12 Years a Slave”)

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC:
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”