Jeff Wells Gets Inside Scoop on NYFCC voting – ’12 Years a Slave’ Close to Winning Today

12YearsaSlave_Fassbender_ChiwetelJeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere got an inside scoop on today’s voting for the New York Film Critics Circle.  Here is his excerpt from his sight on how the voting went down.

“The Best Supporting Actress vote went on for three ballots, and was very close between Hustle‘s Jennifer Lawrence and 12 Years A Slave‘s Lupita N’yongoNebraska‘s June Squibb was in there but not very strongly.

“The Best Director voting was very strongly for Steve McQueen, David O’Russell, Alfonso Cuaron and the Coen brothers but McQueen and Russell were very close…and then McQueen took it on the fourth ballot.

“There was no strong challenge against Cate Blanchett for Best Actress although there was some support for Adele “whatsername” (i.e.,Exarchopoulos) and Hustle‘s Amy Adams.

Robert Redford‘s Best Actor trophy was decided on a second ballot. The bulk of the first-ballot votes went to Redford and Slave‘s Chiweitel Ejiofor. A certain level of support was also there for Oscar Isaac, Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey.

Dallas Buyer’s Club‘s Jared Leto took Best Supporting Actor on the second ballot. His closest competitors were 12 Years A Slave‘s Michael Fassbender and Spring Breakers‘ James FrancoJonah Hill got a couple of votes but nothing to speak of.

“After the Best Screenplay win for Eric Singer and David O. Russell’sAmerican Hustle, the strongest runner-up was Before Midnight followed bySpike Jonze‘s Her screenplay and the Coen brothers’Inside Llewyn Davis.

Sarah Polley‘s Stories We Tell was a third ballot win for Best Non-Fiction.The Act of Killing and 20 Feet From Stardom were the runners-up.

“There was no formidable competition for the Best Cinematography award won by Inside Llewyn Davis‘s Bruno Delbonnel. The strongest runners-up were for Gravity and NebraskaThe Wolf of Wall Street got one or two votes.

The Wolf of Wall Street was not a contender for Best Picture or in any other category,” he says.

“There never any debate or discussion about anything — people just come in and vote. The first ballot and then if there’s no winner it goes to a weighted second ballot (3, 2, 1). Then the proxies drop out on the third ballot. And the fourth ballot is a run-off between the top two.”

30 or 31 people actually showed up. The others voted by proxy.

Good to see the support out there for Before Midnight, Her, and Lupita Nyong’o.  I guess the NY critics didn’t love The Wolf of Wall Street like I thought they would have.  NBR tomorrow.

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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.