Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

January 10, 2014

"12 Years a Slave" dominates Iowa Film Critics Awards

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — The story of a free man sold into slavery has dominated the 2013 Iowa Film Critics Association awards. 

"12 Years A Slave" was named Best Film, collected three of the association's acting awards and earned director Steve McQueen a Best Director win. Winning in the acting categories were Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, Michael Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor and Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress. 

Other nominees in the Best Film category were "Nebraska" and "American Hustle." Directors David Russell ("American Hustle") and Alfonso Cauron ("Gravity") made the critics' association's final three in that category. 

The only acting award not won by "12 Years a Slave" was Best Actress, which went to Cate Blanchett for her performance in "Blue Jasmine." Blanchett edged out Amy Adams' performance in "American Hustle" and Sandra Bullock's in "Gravity." 

Finalists for acting awards included Oscar Isaac for "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Bruce Dern for "Nebraska" in hte Best Actor category; Barkhad Abdi for “Captain Phillips” and Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club” in the Best Supporting Actor category; June Squibb for “Nebraska” and Jennifer Lawrence for “American Hustle” in the Best Supporting Actress Category.

"Frozen" takes home the association's honor for Best Animated Film. "Despicable Me 2" and "The Wind Rises were the other two finalists. 

In a category new to the association this year, "20 Feet from Stardom" was named Best Documentary. Other finalists were "Stories We Tell" and "Blackfish." 

The unique category of "Best Film Yet to Open in Iowa" had no winner this year, as all of the best films of the year have already opened and played somewhere in the state.

The Iowa Film Critics Association is a group of journalists from around the state who write movie reviews for various publications and media outlets.