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American Hustle named best film by New York Film Critics' Circle

American Hustle

Story by Jack Foley

AMERICAN Hustle has emerged as another Oscar frontrunner after being named best picture by the New York Film Critics’ Circle.

The crime drama, inspired by a true story and starring an ensemble cast including Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, also picked up a further two awards, including best screenplay for David O. Russell, who also directed, and Eric Singer.

Lawrence was named best supporting actress.

Robert Redford took the best actor prize for his role in sea-faring survival drama All Is Lost, while Cate Blanchett was crowned best actress for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

Jared Leto took best supporting actor for his performance as an AIDs carrying transsexual in Dallas Buyers Club.

And Steve McQueen took the best director prize for another Oscar favourite, Twelve Years A Slave.

The full list of winners is as follows…

Best Picture:
American Hustle

Best Actor:
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Director:
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Best Screenplay:
Eric Singer & David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor:
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Best Animated Film:
The Wind Rises

Best Cinematographer:
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best First Film:
Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station

Best Foreign Film:
Blue Is the Warmest Color

Best Nonfiction Film (Documentary):
Stories We Tell

Special Award:
Frederick Wiseman