Photo: Alfonso Cuaron
Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron, who has three Oscar nominations, was honored as Best Director for “Gravity” at the 19th Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, where “12 Years a Slave,” one of the favorites to win a gold statuette, had another night of glory when it was named Best Picture.
The critics gave further backing Thursday to the trio of movies best positioned to win the most sought-after Oscar: “12 Years a Slave” that got three awards, the story of survival in space “Gravity” that picked up seven, and the comedy-drama “American Hustle” with four.
The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, saw the same actors stepping up to collect their prizes that did the same at last week’s Golden Globes: Matthew McConaughty, Best Actor for “Dallas Buyers Club,” Cate Blanchett, Best Actress for “Blue Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock, Best Actress in an Action Film for “Gravity,” and Leonardo diCaprio, Best Actor in a Comedy for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
This was also a great night for the Kenyan revelation Lupita Nyong’o, who was chosen Best Supporting Actress for “12 Years a Slave,” the same category that has made her the first person from her country ever to have a shot at an Oscar.
The anecdote of the night was provided by Sandra Bullock who let slip a profane “what the f—k?” when a technical glitch interrupted her speech of gratitude for being chosen Best Actress in an Action Movie.
“I’m an action hero, you do not do that to an action hero,” she continued immediately, getting more laughs from the audience.