To read the Boston Online Film Critics Association winners, click here. My ballot is below.
1. Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
2. Abdellatif Kechiche, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
3. JC Chandor, ALL IS LOST
1. Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
2. Robert Redford, ALL IS LOST
3. Miles Teller, THE SPECTACULAR NOW
1. Adèle Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
2. Julie Delpy, BEFORE MIDNIGHT
3. Greta Gerwig, FRANCES HA
Best Supporting Actor
1. Louis CK, AMERICAN HUSTLE
2. Jared Leto, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
3. Reed Diamond, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Best Supporting Actress
1. Scarlett Johannson, HER
2. Naomie Harris, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
3. Lea Seydoux, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
2. IN A WORLD…
3. 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Best Foreign Film
1. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
3. THE WALL
From my review in Raw Denim:
No one has portrayed slavery in the United States in such a straightforward manner as director Steve McQueen has with 12 Years a Slave. I’ve even heard a couple gripes about why we need another movie about slavery, and the answer is because in October 2013, a guy just showed up at the White House waving a Confederate flag, unembarrassed in broad daylight.
Nora Ephron used to say that there are two romantic comedy traditions, the Jewish and the Christian. In the Christian tradition, the leads face obstacles that keep them apart. In the Jewish tradition, the obstacles are the leads themselves.
Director and co-writer Jerusha Hess has created a new tradition, the I-don’t-care-how-anyone-ends-up-in-this-movie-because-I-want-them-all-to-die tradition. As an until-now secret devotee of romantic comedies, I can tell you I’ve seen them all, and I never thought I’d see a movie worse than any starring either Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey or both of them together. Austenland is rotten, terrible, dishonest, stupid, poorly filmed, indifferently written and a waste of everyone’s time.
Let’s start with the Jane Austen connection. At this point in human development, I thought we’d be done adapting her books—not because we don’t like them, but after Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, is there anything left to prove?
It’s not that all Austen-inspired movies are without charm. After all, Emma gave us Clueless. Without Pride and Prejudice, there wouldn’t be Joe Wright’s excellent 2005 adaptation. But equally, without Pride and Prejudice, there would be no Bridget Jones’ Diary, and really, how did that one not end up in the crosshairs?
Not that any of that matters, because Jerusha Hess’ putrid Austenland isn’t really interested in Jane Austen or her novels. It’s marginally interested in Pride and Prejudice, but really, it’s more interested in Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the BBC’s 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries, and I’m already exhausted writing about it.