Awards Circuit Community Awards Go Big for ‘Gravity’ with Seven Wins!

Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ and Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’ take home a pair of awards each…

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Gravity_CinematographyIf you listened to this week’s podcast episode then you already know what the entire Awards Circuit readership chose in our Awards Circuit Community Awards.  In a site that inhabits more than 100,000 unique and passionate lovers of film, television, and various entertainment outlets, they still can surprise us from time to time.

The big news was Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity walked away with seven awards including Best Picture and Best Director.  The sci-fi epic also nabbed various technical awards including Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound, Visual Effects, and Original Score.  Cuaron himself picked up three awards in total for Producing, Directing, and Editing, the most by any person in the history of the community awards.  Also making an impressive showing was Spike Jonze‘s Her which picked up Original Screenplay and Production Design.  Also picking up two awards, Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave was a favorite to take several awards but in the end only won Adapted Screenplay for scribe John Ridley, and Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

Leonardo DiCaprio won his third Lead Actor award from the esteemed community for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street.  He previously won trophies for his work in The Aviator and The Departed.  He’s also the most rewarded person in ACCA history with ten nominations in total.  Worth noting, all of his wins are for films directed by Martin Scorsese.  Even more interesting, this is the first time that Scorsese didn’t win along side DiCaprio.

Cate Blanchett also won her third acting trophy but this is the first time it was in Lead Actress.  Her work in Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine is now rewarded alongside her supporting turns in Notes on a Scandal and The Aviator.  This was Blanchett’s sixth overall nomination from the community.

As we’ve come to expect, Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor for his towering achievement in Dallas Buyers Club, the film’s only win.  Also picking up just one award was David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, which won Best Costume Design for Michael Wilkinson.  Walt Disney’s Frozen won Best Animated Feature while The Act of Killing won Best Documentary Feature.

You can see the full list of winners down below, along with the announcement of the runners-up.  Also, make sure you check back a week after the Oscars when we continue our journey back in time to ACCA 1998 where Saving Private Ryan will take on Shakespeare in Love, or will it?

BEST PICTURE – Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón; David Heyman

  • RUNNER UP – Her – Megan Ellison; Spike Jonze; Vincent Landay

BEST DIRECTOR – Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

  • RUNNER UP – Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLELeonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street

  • RUNNER UP – Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLECate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

  • RUNNER UP – Sandra Bullock for Gravity

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLEJared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

  • RUNNER UP – Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLELupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

  • RUNNER UP – Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle


  • RUNNER UP – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYJohn Ridley for 12 Years a Slave

  • RUNNER UP – Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke for Before Midnight

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – Frozen – Peter Del Vecho

  • RUNNER UP – The Wind Rises – Toshio Suzuki

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – Her – K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena

  • RUNNER UP – The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin, Beverly Dunn

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYGravity – Emmanuel Lubezki 

  • RUNNER UP – Inside Llewyn Davis – Bruno Delbonnel

BEST COSTUME DESIGNAmerican Hustle – Michael Wilkinson

  • RUNNER UP – The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin

BEST FILM EDITINGGravity – Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

  • RUNNER UP – The Wolf of Wall Street – Thelma Schoonmaker


  • RUNNER UP – All is Lost


  • RUNNER UP – Pacific Rim

BEST ORIGINAL SCOREGravity – Steven Price

  • RUNNER UP – Her – Arcade Fire


  • RUNNER UP – Stories We Tell

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMBlue is the Warmest Color – France

  • RUNNER UP – The Hunt – Denmark

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of 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,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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Robert Hamer

The Act of Killing wins Best Documentary? I knew I loved our readers for a reason!

Joey Magidson

You all came so close to warming my heart with a Her win…alas.

Phillip Milner

I’m sure most of the readers with a half a brain and eyes are very disappointed with these selections. I feel gross. I feel like everyone just let their children vote for these winners. Gravity should be the runner up for best animated feature behind Frozen, not best picture. The readers used to be intelligent scholarly people… now I’m expecting Ride Along and Hercules to lead nominations and wins next year.

Cornelius Buttersby

Dang, I was pulling for Scarlett Johansson to get runner up. Nonetheless, satisfactory on the whole. Hugely happy with Her’s production design win.

Austin Kemprowski

At least Leo is a winner in the ACCA


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