The latest outing from the Coen Brothers took home the top awards on Saturday (4 Jan.) night, but how good are it's Oscar chances?
Inside Llewyn Davis took home the top honour at the National Society of Film Critics Awards last night, winning the majority of votes from the panel made up of some of America's top film critics from the nation's best-known publishers. Having already found success at the Gotham Awards last month, the latest win for ...Llewyn Davis might further outline the credentials of the latest Coen Brothers film as a potential Oscar contender, having largely been overlooked by most commentators.
The film's star Oscar Isaac was also honoured with the Best Actor award
The film was crowned Best Picture ahead of American Hustle, which came second in the overall voting, and 12 Years a Slave, which placed third. Despite winning yet another award, the Coen Brother's 'a week in the life' tale of a musician traveling through the Greenwich folk scene in 60's New York is still largely considered an outsider for major awards success, however if these gongs keep on piling up for the Coens then the Academy may be persuaded to change their mind somewhat when the votes are cast.
The nation's film critics also acknowledged the work of lead actor Oscar Isaacs in the film, awarding him the Best Actor award ahead of Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave and Robert Redford in All Is Lost. Joel and Ethan Coen also took home the Best Director award for the film, beating Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen. The film also took home the award for Best Cinematography, but lost out to Before Midnight in the Best Screenplay category.
Also being honoured on the night was Cate Blanchett, who won the Best Actress award for Blue Jasmine. Also the front-runner for Oscar success, Blanchett was placed ahead of Blue Is the Warmest Color actress Adèle Exarchopoulos and Before Midnight's Julie Delpy for the award. The two supporting awards were given to James Franco and Jennifer Lawrence, recognising their acting ability in Spring Breakers and American Hustle, respectively. Blue Is the Warmest Color won the Best Foreign-Language Film award and The Act of Killing was given the award for Best Non-Fiction Film.
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