THE BEST FILMS OF 2013 or THE 2013 HOWIES



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2013 started out strong for me when it came to films, but then took a downward turn, almost a kamikaze spiral, during the central months.  It then picked up again as the year came to a close, mainly because the major releases by studios and major independents didn’t crash and burn like a parade of Hindenburgs as they often do as December nears.
So what I thought was going to come up a cropper and end up being a disappointing year of film turned out to be a better one than last and, well, not totally unsatisfying. 
With that, here are my top picks of the year.
For more information on each film, see my reviews.
BEST FILM-Top Ten
REALITY
The rest are in alphabetical order:
American Hustle
Attack, The
Blue is the Warmest Color
Captain Phillips
Inside Llewyn Davis
Great Beauty, The
Stranger by the Lake
Touch of Sin, A
Upstream Color
Special mention goes to Before Midnight, The Bling Ring, Byzantium, Francis Ha, Gravity, A Hijacking, It’s a Disaster, Like Someone in Love, Museum Hours, Nebraska, Out in the Dark, What Mazie Knew, The Wolf of Wall Street, World War Z
BEST ACTOR-Top Six
ANIELLO ARENA – Reality
The rest are in alphabetical order:
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks
Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Toni Servillo – The Great Beauty
Special Mention:  Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave; Ali Suliman, The Attack; Joaquin Phoenix, Her; Christian Bale: American Hustle; Leonardo DiCaprio: The Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Gatsby; Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
BEST ACTRESS – Top Six
CATE BLANCHETT –Blue Jasmine
The rest are in alphabetical order:
Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Color
Greta Gerwig – Francis Ha
Amy Seimetz – Upstream Color
Barbara Sukowa – Hannah Arendt
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Special Mention: Rin Takanashi, Like Someone in Love; Pauline Garcia, Gloria; Julie Delpy, Before Midnight; Amy Adams, American Hustle
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Top Six
TIE:
JARED LETO – Dallas Buyers Club
BARKHAD ABDI – Captain Phillips
The rest are in alphabetical order:
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
Wu Jiang – A Touch of Sin
Jeremy Renner – American Hustle
Special Mention: Chris Cooper, August: Osage County; Louis C.K., Blue Jasmine, American Hustle; Tadashi Okuna, Like Someone in Love; Andrew Dice Clay, Blue Jasmine
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Top Six
JENNIFER LAWRENCE – American Hustle
The rest are in alphabetical order.
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Lupito Nyong’0 – 12 Years a Slave
Lea Seydoux – Blue is the Warmest Color
June Squib – Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Special Mention: Carey Mulligan, Inside Llewyn Davis; Margo Martindale, August: Osage County; Onata Aprile, What Mazie Knew; Daniella Kertesz, Word War Z
BEST SCREENPLAY – Top Six
ERIC SINGER, DAVID O. RUSSELL – American Hustle
The rest are in alphabetical order.
Todd Berger – It’s a Disaster
Joel and Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, Ugo Chiti, Maurizio Braucci – Reality
Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix – Blue is the Warmest Color
Bob Nelson – Nebraska
Special Mention: Nancy Doyne, Carroll Cartwright, What Mazie Knew; Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Before Midnight; Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello, The Great Beauty; Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street; Abbas Kiarostami, Like Someone In Love; Zhangke Jia, A Touch of Sin
BEST DIRECTOR – Top Six
ALFONSO CUARON – Gravity
The rest are in alphabetical order.
Joel and Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Matteo Garrone – Reality
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Abdellatif Kechiche – Blue is the Warmest Color
Paolo Sorrentino – The Great Beauty
Special mention: David O. Russell, American Hustle; Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street; Shane Caruthers, Upstream Color; Alexander Payne, Nebraska; Marc Forster, World War Z; Abbas Kiarostami, Like Someone In Love; Zhangke Jia, A Touch of Sin
ENSEMBLE – Top Six
AMERICAN HUSTLE
The rest in alphabetic order:
Blue Jasmine
Inside Llewyn Davis
It’s a Disaster
The Past
What Mazie Knew 
SPECIAL AWARDS
American Hustle – Hair, Makeup and Costumes
The Great Beauty – Sets
Gravity – Technical effects
Upstream Color – Editing
Inside Llewyn Davis – Music
The Great Gatsby – Sets and Costumes
THE WORST IN FILM
Canyons, The
Frozen
Jack, the Giant Killer
Machete Kills
Man of Steel
Oz The Great and Powerful
Pacific Rim
Short Term 12
Stoker
Star Trek: Into Darkness
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