The New York Critics Circle jumped out early this year and beat almost everyone to the punch by naming American Hustle Best Film of 2013. They beat the National Board of Review by a full day when it comes to the official awards’ season.

The New York Critics Circle has an advantage over many other critics organizations, who are still waiting for studio screenings for films for award consideration. As a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, we don’t even have our awards consideration screening for American Hustle until Dec. 16.

The fact that American Hustle won Best Film was somewhat a shock, with the front runners being 12 Years a Slave and Gravity. However, with David O. Russell on a roll with The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, it isn’t too much of a surprise seeing his next movie so highly lauded.

American Hustle also won the Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress awards for Jennifer Lawrence. The Best Director honors went to Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave. Robert Redford won Best Actor for All is Lost, Cate Blanchett took Best Actress for Blue Jasmine and Jared Leto took the Best Supporting Actor award for Dallas Buyers Club.

The 2013 New York Film Critics’ Circle Award Winners:

Best Film:
“American Hustle”

Best Director:
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Screenplay:
Eric Singer & David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Best Actor:
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”

Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

Best Supporting Actor:
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Cinematography:
Bruno Delbonnel, “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Best Non-fiction Film:
“Stories We Tell,” directed by Sarah Polley

Best Foreign Language Film:
“Blue is the Warmest Color,” directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

Best Animated Feature:
“The Wind Rises,” directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Best First Feature:
“Fruitvale Station,” directed by Ryan Coogler