Monday, January 27, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

12 years a Slave Wins Gay and Lesbian Film Critics

Film of the Year
American Hustle (Sony)
Blue is the Warmest Color (Sundance Selects)
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus)
Gravity (WB)
Her (WB)
Laurence Anyways (Breaking Glass)
12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Best of 2013 Awards

In preparation for our top ten list, Reel Salazars is proud to announce the Best of 2013 in Film. The following awards are for the technical, directing and acting awards.

Art Direction

The Great Gatsby
"The Creation of the 1920s is some of the most beautifully created sets this year and it is immerses viewers in the world the film is set in."  


Emanuel Lubezki-Gravity
Lubezki's opening shot in "Gravity" is reason alone to call him one of the best cinematographers. However the films visual splendor goes beyond the opening with numerous shots of space that immerse the viewer and make them feel like they are in space.
Runner-Up-Sean Bobbit-12 Years a Slave

Costume Design

Catherine Martin-The Great Gatsby
"Catherine Martin's costumes are glamourous and lush. They create the mood of the film and each one is designed to develop the character." 
Michael O’Connor-The Invisible Woman

Film Editing

Mark Sanger and Alfonso Cuaron-Gravity
"Each edit in 'Gravity' is fluid and brings you into the world of space."
Runner-Up-Thelma Schonmaker-The Wolf of Wall Street

Makeup and Hair
"The use of makeup in Rush is outstanding with Niki Lauda's injury scars being the standout. Daniel Bruhl's performance is enhanced by the astonishing work."
Runner-Up-Dallas Buyers Club

Original Score
Hans Zimmer-12 years A Slave
"Haunting, beautiful and profound are some of the words to describe Hans Zimmer's score. The use of the cello gives it a nostalgic feel. Coupled with some electronic music, Zimmer gives this film a modern touch as well." 
Runner-Up-Alexandre Desplat-Philomena

Music Song
Moon Song-Her
"The Moon Song is an intimate song which encapsulates the overall feel of the film. It is not catchy but it a profound song when put into the context of Spike Jonze's masterpiece."  
Runner-Up-Let it Go-Frozen

Sound Editing
"The minute Gravity begins it is impossible not to be aware of all the sound effects that were created in film and that immerse audiences into the world of Space."


Sound Mixing
"Like the effects created in the movie, the complete mix is a work of art. No film this year can really bring you into the world with Gravity's Sound mix."
Runner-Up-Captain Phillips

Visual Effects
"Alfonso Cuaron's film features the best visual effects I have ever seen in a movie. No movie makes CGI look so real. The recreation of the space stations and space have never looked so good in cinema. 
Runner-Up-The hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Adapted screenplay
John Ridley-12 years A Slave
"John Ridley's script doesn't shy away from cruelty but it is a beautiful odyssey of one the worst crimes in teh history of the US."  
Runner-Up-Richard Linklater-Before Midnight

Best Original Screenplay
Joel and Ethan Coen-Inside Llewyn Davis
"The Coen brothers have crated a compelling story about a failed musician. Th film's script is both comical and dark but it always keeps audiences enthralled."
Runner-Up-Derek Cinafrance-The Place Beyond the Pines

Foregin Film
The Hunt (Denmark)
"Thomas Vinterberg's latest is a provocative cautionary tale about a child's imagination and damages it can do to many people. The film features an incredible performance by Mads Mikkelson and many questions that may be difficult for some audiences. 
Runner-Up-Wadjda (Saudi Arabia)


American Hustle
"David O. Russell brings together five great performances from the likes of Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner. Additionally he also directs hilarious cameos from his secondary cast which includes Louis C.K, Michael Pena and Robert De Niro."
Runner-Up-The Way Way Back

Actress in a Supporting Role

Lupita Nyong’o-12 Years a Slave
" When one watches "12 Years a Slave" audiences would never believe Patsy is Nyong'o's first role in a film. The performance showcases a commanding actress which lets all the emotions out and creates a portrayal of a heartbreaking slave."
Runner-Up-June Squibb-Nebraska

Actor in a Supporting Role

Michael Fassbender-12 years a Slave
"The actor threatens to steal the show in every scene he is in. Fassbender creates an evil character that is both imposing, unpredictable and dynamic and one that could have easily become a one dimensional character in the hands of another actor."
Runner-Up-Ryan Gosling-The Place Beyond the Pines

Actress in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett-Blue Jasmine
"Blanchett has always been a dynamic actress and her role as Jasmine shows her best work. Blanchett's character is easily unlikeable but with the actress' masterful work, she is able to bring out the character's weaknesses and make her somewhat sympathetic. It is a powerhouse performance and one that should easily win Blanchett her second Oscar."
Runner-Up-Brie Larson-Short Term 12

Actor in a Leading Role

Chiwetel Ejiofor-12 Years a Slave
"Ejiofor brings raw emotion to the role of Solomon Northup in one of the most harrowing performances this year. The use of long takes in the film allows the actor to show his vulnerability and despair. Without a doubt his work in "12 Years a Slave" is a tour-de-force."
Runner-Up-Leonardo Dicaprio-The Wolf of Wall street



Steve McQueen-12 years A Slave
"Each frame in the movie is beautifully shot and each performance is filled with great truth. McQueen easily directs each scene with realism and precision creating the most memorable film this year."
Runner-Up-Joel and Ethan Coen-Inside Llewyn Davis

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gravity and 12 Years a Slave Tie at the PGA

Producers Guild Award Winners:
Best Picture: TIE! Gravity and 12 Years a Slave
Documentary: We Steal Secrets
Animated Motion Picture: Frozen
Kramer Award: Fruitvale Station
Long-Form Television: Behind the Candelabra
Drama Series: Breaking Bad
Comedy Series: Modern Family
TV Competition: The Voice
Sports: ESPN’s SportsCenter
Children’s TV: Sesame Street
Digital Series: Wired: What’s Inside
Non-Fiction Television: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Live Entertainment and Talk TV: The Colbert Report

Monday, January 20, 2014

'Gravity' Wins Central Ohio Film Critics

Best Film 
   1. Gravity
   2. Her
   3. American Hustle
   4. Frances Ha
   5. The Wolf of Wall Street
   6. 12 Years a Slave
   7. Inside Llewyn Davis
   8. Before Midnight
   9. Upstream Color
  10. Nebraska

Best Director 
  • Alfonso Cuarón - (Gravity)
  • Runner-Up: Spike Jonze - (Her)

Best Actor 
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor - (12 Years a Slave)
  • Runner-Up: Matthew McConaughey - (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress 
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos - (Blue is the Warmest Color (La vie d’Adèle))
  • Runner-Up: Brie Larson - (Short Term 12)

Best Supporting Actor 
  • James Franco - (Spring Breakers)
  • Runner-Up: Jared Leto - (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress 
  • Jennifer Lawrence - (American Hustle)
  • Runner-Up: Lupita Nyong’o - (12 Years a Slave)

Best Ensemble 
  • American Hustle
  • Runner-Up: The Wolf of Wall Street

Actor of the Year (for an exemplary body of work) 
  • Matthew McConaughey - (Dallas Buyers Club, Mud, and The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Runner-Up: Jennifer Lawrence - (American Hustle and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)

Breakthrough Film Artist 
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos - (Blue is the Warmest Color (La vie d’Adèle)) - (for acting)
  • Runner-Up: Brie Larson - (Don Jon, Short Term 12, and The Spectacular Now) - (for acting)

Best Cinematography 
  • Emmanuel Lubezki - (Gravity)
  • Runner-Up: Hoyte Van Hoytema - (Her)

Best Adapted Screenplay 
  • Terence Winter - (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Runner-Up: John Ridley - (12 Years a Slave)

Best Original Screenplay 
  • Spike Jonze - (Her)
  • Runner-Up: Destin Daniel Cretton - (Short Term 12)

Best Score 
  • Arcade Fire - (Her)
  • Runner-Up: Steven Price - (Gravity)

Best Documentary 
  • The Act of Killing
  • Runner-Up: Stories We Tell

Best Foreign Language Film 
  • The Wind Rises (Kaze tachinu)
  • Runner-Up: Blue is the Warmest Color (La vie d’Adèle)

Best Animated Film 
  • The Wind Rises (Kaze tachinu)
  • Runner-Up: Frozen

Best Overlooked Film 
  • Short Term 12
  • Runner-Up: Mud

Sunday, January 19, 2014

American Hustle Wins the SAG awards

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Ensemble Cast: American Hustle

Friday, January 17, 2014

12 Years a Slave Wins Critics Choice

                                              Best picture: "12 Years a Slave"
Best actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
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 young actor/actress: Adele Exarchopoulos, "Blue Is the Warmest Color"
Best acting ensemble: "American Hustle"
Best director: Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"
Best original screenplay: Spike Jonze, "Her"
Best adapted screenplay: John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave"
Best cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Gravity"
Best art direction: Catherine Martin (production designer), Beverley Dunn (set decorator), "The Great Gatsby"
Best editing: Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger, "Gravity"
Best costume design: Catherine Martin, "The Great Gatsby"
Best hair & makeup: "American Hustle"
Best visual effects: "Gravity"
Best animated feature: "Frozen"
Best action movie: "Lone Survivor"
Best actor in an action movie: Mark Wahlberg, "Lone Survivor"
Best actress in an action movie: Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Best comedy: "American Hustle"
Best actor in a comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Best actress in a comedy: Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Best sci-fi/horror movie: "Gravity"
Best foreign language film: "Blue Is the Warmest Color"
Best documentary feature: "20 Feet From Stardom"
Best song: "Let It Go" Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, "Frozen"
Best score: Steven Price, "Gravity"