The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association announced the results of their annual poll this morning, and 12 Years a Slave took the prize as the best film of 2013. So that fellow critic whom I screamed at after I first saw the film is now free to go pound sand.
As usual, you’ll have to wait a couple more weeks to find out my own list of the 10 best films of the year. I will say this about my association’s results: Of the 20 actors cited in the press release as giving the best performances, only four of them showed up on my ballot. (Then again, our ballots only had 16 slots for actors — five apiece for lead actor and actress, three for supporting actor and actress — and a couple of the actors named would have made my ballot if I’d had more slots.) The cinematography award for Gravity matched my vote, as did the Russell Smith Award to Fruitvale Station. I’ll have detailed blog posts in a couple of weeks about my picks for the best performances and documentaries, so stay tuned.