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The Films of 2013. The 14th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards
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Best Picture

12 YEARS A SLAVE
Steve McQueen
(Fox Searchlight)
FRANCES HA
Noah Baumbach
(IFC Films)
NEBRASKA
Alexander Payne
(Paramount)
NO
Pablo Larraín
(Sony Pictures Classics)
SHORT TERM 12
Destin Cretton
(Cinedigm)

       
 

Finalists: Before Midnight (Sony Pictures Classics), American Hustle (Columbia Pictures), Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
Rest of the Top Ten: Spring Breakers (A24), Enough Said (Fox Searchlight)
Honorable Mentions: Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures), Gloria (Roadside Attractions), Her (Warner Bros)

 

 

Best Director

Destin Cretton
SHORT TERM 12
Paul Greengrass
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Harmony Korine
SPRING BREAKERS
Pablo Larrain
NO
Steve McQueen
12 YEARS A SLAVE
 
 

 
Finalists: Noah Baumbach for Frances Ha, Alexander Payne for Nebraska
Semi-Finalists: David O. Russell for American Hustle, Sofia Coppola for The Bling Ring and Sebastian Lelio for including Paulina Garcia in literally every frame of Gloria, Spike Jonze for Her, and Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

 

Best Original Screenplay  
Unlike Oscars I do not consider original stories about previously established characters (i.e. sequels) to be adapted. So sequels, provided they aren't based on preexisting stories, qualify as original here.

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linkater
BEFORE MIDNIGHT

Woody Allen
BLUE JASMINE
Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig
FRANCES HA
Spike Jonze
HER
Bob Nelson
NEBRASKA
He missed that plane... and stayed! Midnight smartly reconfigures itself as a study of longterm relationships - to repeat the ephemeral nature of the other films would have been fatal Fusing the Bernie Madoff scandal w/ Streetcar  (should this be adapted?) proves quite fascinating and inspired. Great dialogue, interesting form and springboard for great acting

Screenplay as tough love ode to the abrupt end of youth and a dazzling specific character study too. I would gladly watch a sequel to reconnect with Frances.

He's been inching towards one man writer/director show and gets there with this a clever treatise on our modern dependencies and love as projection, illustion and reality Beautifully dry humor and character through-lines. Here's an appropriate to the material piece of trivia ... this is the first (produced) screenplay from a 57 year old writer
 
Finalists: Sarah Polley for Stories We Tell, Nicole Holofcener for Enough Said 
Semi-Finalists: Chad Hartigan for This is Martin Bonner, Sebastian Lelio & Gonzalo Mazra for Gloria, Eric Singer and David O. Russell for American Hustle, and Jane Adams and Joe Swanberg for All the Light in the Sky

 

Best Adapted Screenplay
Unlike Oscars I do not consider original stories about previously established characters to be adapted. Screenplays actually have to be adapted from other work to be considered adapted at the Film Bitch Awards

John Ridley
12 YEARS A SLAVE
Abdellatif Kechice & Ghalia Lacroix
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Pedro Peirano
NO
Destin Cretton
SHORT TERM 12
Scott Neustadter & Michael H Weber
THE SPECTACULAR NOW
 Soulfully pulled from the memoirs by Solomon Northup as told to David Wilson
This talkative erotic French drama is based on a graphic novel by Julie Maroh
 It's so fully cinematic (albeit with the look of old vhs) that it's shocking to learn it's based on a play by Antonio Skarmeta.
 Expanded from Cretton's short film of the same name (Keith Stanfield is in both as Mark and Marcus!) 
This team, who previous created the wonderful (500) Days of Summer delicately transfer the YA novel by Tim Tharp
 
Finalists: Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope for Philomena
Semi-Finalists: Sofia Coppola for The Bling Ring, Billy Ray for Captain Phillips, Nancy Doyne & Carrol Cartwright for What Maisie Knew, Daniel Pennac for Ernest and Celestine

 

Best Animated Feature
discuss on the blog 

Ernest & Celestine
GKids
(Qualifying Run) 
Frozen
Disney
(November 27th)
The Wind Rises
Studio Ghibli
(Qualifying Run) 
 Guaranteed to make you miss hand drawn animation, this imaginative, sweet and oddly funny story about unexpected friendships and living your own true life is an absolute charmer
 Disney returns to the Princess Musical with double the princesses, a touching instantly affecting song score, and actually rousing adventure for the boys. Formulaic, sure, but it also transcends
 Miyazaki's singular biopic of an aeronautical engineer who creates for beauty knowing his work is for destruction has a fascinating way with mixing terror into otherwise gorgeous images
 
Finalists: none
Semi-Finalist:  A Letter to Momo and The Croods

 

The Films of 2013. PICTURE | ACTING | VISUALS | AURALS | EXTRAS | SPECIAL | SCENES