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

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