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Let me begin by thanking Marx and Lickona for allowing me to cover the San Diego Film Critics Society year-end vote for The Big Screen. It's been my pleasure to work the society pages at The Shelter Island Picayune for the past 47 years and it thrills me to think that someone might actually read something of mine.

This year's top prize went to Spike Jones' She -- the sci-fi remake of Bells Are Ringing took home best picture -- followed by Alphonse Carone, best director honoree for Weightless. Other award recipients were Kate Blankett, so convincing as Gena Cassavetes in Woody Alan's Blue Jasmine Glick, and Oscar-hopeful Oscar Issac, star of the Cohan Brothers' winningly mediocre Inside Doug Llewellyn.

As good as he is, Oscar Issac didn't get the hair down.

As good as he is, Oscar Issac didn't get the hair down.

This year's vote was held at the Media Arts Center's Digital Gym on El Cajon Blvd. The U-T's Anders Wright, president of the SDFCS was there, so was About.com's Rebecca Murray. San Diego LGBT Weekly's Ted Gidonse, sporting a billowing chin-tribute to John Huston, sat in the back row next to The Sobering Conclusion's Ian Forbes who modeled a smart black cotton Lego Drive t-shirt. CinemaStance.com's David Pinson handed out the voting slips and MovieWallas.com's Yazdi Pithavala -- being the only person in the room capable of pronouncing Chiwetel Ejiofor -- read off the winning names. The East County Gazette's Diana Saenger wowed the crowd in a lush Christmas sweater while the The Saenger's Syndicate's Jean Lowerson set aside her normally kaleidoscopic vines in favor of a winsome black wrap.

Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" failed to receive one nomination.

Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" failed to receive one nomination.

Dailyactor.com's Lance Carter was there, so was San Diego City News' Jim Colt Harrison. East County Magazine's Brian Lafferty brought the donuts -- kudos on the non-jelly-filled assortment -- while City Beat's Glenn Heath who also works at the MACSD -- made sure that everyone policed the area. MovieMaven.com's Jeri Jacquin yucked it up with NickJr.com's Lois Alter Mark while Cinema Spartan's Robert Patrick and Andrew Younger mentally dressed each other. Fox 5's Josh Board took his position in the way way back while Marx and Lickona sat apart and didn't speak a word to each other during the vote. Trouble in Reader paradise?

The biggest disappointment for this reporter was the best non-American speaking picture going to Judge Ito's Drug Ward. Not that I watched it, mind you. It's not my habit to succumb to Commonist perversion with the talking written at the bottom. IMHO giving an award to any film with the word 'drug' in its title sends out a bad message.

Here is the complete list of nominees with the winners highlighted in bold for your perusing pleasure. Gotta' go plant my lawn chair in front of the Gashouse in anticipation of this Friday's premier of The Hobbit. Drive safely during this and every holiday season, folks. Happy yuletide!

BEST FILM


12 YEARS A SLAVE

GRAVITY

HER

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

SHORT TERM 12


BEST DIRECTOR


Alfonso Cuarón, GRAVITY

Destin Cretton, SHORT TERM 12

Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Spike Jonze, HER

Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE


BEST ACTRESS


Adèle Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12

Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE

Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS

Sandra Bullock, GRAVITY


BEST ACTOR


Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Joaquin Phoenix, HER

Matthew McConaughey, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Oscar Isaac, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Tom Hanks, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


Elizabeth Banks, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

Jennifer Lawrence, AMERICAN HUSTLE

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Sally Hawkins, BLUE JASMINE

Shailene Woodley, THE SPECTACTULAR NOW


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


Daniel Bruhl, RUSH

James Gandolfini, ENOUGH SAID

Jared Leto, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Michael Fassbender, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Sam Rockwell, THE WAY, WAY BACK


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


Aaron Guzikowski, PRISONERS

Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Nicole Holofcener, ENOUGH SAID

Spike Jonze, HER

Woody Allen, BLUE JASMINE


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY


Billy Ray, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

Destin Cretton, SHORT TERM 12

John Ridley, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, BEFORE MIDNIGHT

Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, THE SPECTACULAR NOW


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM


BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

DRUG WAR

NO

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

THE HUNT


BEST DOCUMENTARY


20 FEET FROM STARDOM

BLACKFISH

LET THE FIRE BURN

STORIES WE TELL

THE ACT OF KILLING


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY


Bruno Delbonnel, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Emmanuel Lubezki, GRAVITY

Emmanuel Lubezki, TO THE WONDER

Roger Deakins, PRISONERS

Simon Duggan, THE GREAT GATSBY


BEST ANIMATED FILM


DESPICABLE ME 2

FROZEN

GET A HORSE

THE CROODS

THE WIND RISES


BEST EDITING


Alan Edward Ball, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, GRAVITY

Christopher Rouse, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

Eric Zumbrunnen, Jeff Buchanan, HER

Joe Walker, 12 YEARS A SLAVE


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN


Adam Stockhausen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Andy Nicholson, GRAVITY

Catherine Martin and Karen Murphy, THE GREAT GATSBY

K.K. Barrett, HER

Michael Corenblith, SAVING MR. BANKS


BEST SCORE


Arcade Fire, HER

Bjorn Eriksson, BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Hans Zimmer, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Hans Zimmer, RUSH

Steven Price, GRAVITY


BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE


12 YEARS A SLAVE

AMERICAN HUSTLE

PRISONERS

SHORT TERM 12

THE WAY, WAY BACK

KYLE COUNTS AWARD

DESTIN CRETTON

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Matthew Lickona Dec. 11, 2013 @ 4:22 p.m.

Earl, your uncle must be smiling down on you right now.

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Colonna Dec. 11, 2013 @ 4:45 p.m.

Raising a STIFF drink to the dear, departed Burl. You gave this job a whirl, Earl!

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tward77 Dec. 12, 2013 @ 5:34 a.m.

Did any of your choices actually win? And did AN AMERICAN WOLF ON WALL STREET not screen in time for awards consideration? Stiff, your name is mud! And say how 'bout that Matthew McConniebritton in MUD.....

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Scott Marks Dec. 12, 2013 @ 6:15 a.m.

It screened in time. Obviously Spike's childish ramblings appealed more to our voters.

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dwbat Dec. 12, 2013 @ 7:25 a.m.

I'm looking forward to next year, when Disney brings out their touring live show "Saving Mr. Banks on Ice."

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