There were few surprises among the nominations for the 2013 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards. First of all, the somewhat surprising absentees: Amy Adams and Christian Bale for American Hustle; Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks; Julia Roberts for August: Osage County; Forest Whitaker for The Butler; Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips; Joaquin Phoenix for Her; Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis. Additionally, Spike Jonze's Her is missing from the Best Picture roster, even though Jonze was nominated in both the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories. (See San Francisco Film Critics Awards 2013 Winners.)
Now, among the surprising inclusions are Best Actress nominee Brie Larson for Destin Cretton's Short Term 12 (Larson is turning out to be 2013's Elizabeth Olsen – think Martha Marcy May Marlene's awards season mentions a couple of years ago); a Best Supporting Actress nod for Blue Is the Warmest Color's Léa Seydoux, whose awards season buzz has been quite subdued when compared to fellow player Adèle Exarchopoulos'; and the presence of Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark's Harrison Ford in the Best Supporting Actor shortlist, for his performance as Brooklyn Dodgers team executive Branch Rickey in Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic 42.
Movies totally bypassed by the San Francisco Film Critics include John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks, the aforementioned Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell; Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, featuring well-received performances by the likes of Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Viola Davis, and Melissa Leo; and Lee Daniels' sleeper hit The Butler, toplining the aforementioned Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
The San Francisco Film Critics will be announcing their winners on Sunday, December 15.
2013 San Francisco Film Critics Awards: Nominations
Best Picture: AMERICAN HUSTLE, directed by David O. Russell; GRAVITY, directed by Alfonso Cuarón; NEBRASKA, directed by Alexander Payne; 12 YEARS A SLAVE, directed by Steve McQueen; THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, directed by Martin Scorsese.
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, GRAVITY; Spike Jonze, HER; Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE; David O. Russell, AMERICAN HUSTLE; Martin Scorsese, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE; Sandra Bullock, GRAVITY; Judi Dench, PHILOMENA; Adèle Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR; Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12; Meryl Streep, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.
Best Foreign Language Film: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche; A HIJACKING, directed by Tobias Lindholm; THE HUNT, directed by Thomas Vinterberg; THE PAST, directed by Asghar Farhadi; WADJDA, directed by Haifaa al-Mansour.
Best Documentary: THE ACT OF KILLING, directed by Anonymous, Christine Cynn, and Joshua Oppenheimer; THE ARMSTRONG LIE, directed by Alex Gibney; BLACKFISH, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite; STORIES WE TELL, directed by Sarah Polley; TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, directed by Morgan Neville.
Best Screenplay, Original: AMERICAN HUSTLE, Eric Singer and David O. Russell; GRAVITY, Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón; HER, Spike Jonze; INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Joel and Ethan Coen; NEBRASKA, Bob Nelson.
Best Screenplay, Adapted: BEFORE MIDNIGHT, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke; PHILOMENA, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope; THE SPECTACULAR NOW, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber; 12 YEARS A SLAVE, John Ridley; THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Terence Winter.
Best Cinematography: GRAVITY, Emmanuel Lubezki; HER, Hoyte Van Hoytema; INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Bruno Delbonnel; NEBRASKA, Phedon Papamichael; 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Sean Bobbitt.
Best Editing: ALL IS LOST, Pete Beaudreau; AMERICAN HUSTLE, Alan Baumgarten; Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers; CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Christopher Rouse; GRAVITY, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger; 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Joe Walker; THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Thelma Schoonmaker.
Best Production Design: AMERICAN HUSTLE, Judy Becker; GRAVITY, Andy Nicholson; HER, K. K. Barrett; INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Jess Gonchor; 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Adam Stockhausen.
Best Animated Feature: THE CROODS, directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders; DESPICABLE ME 2, directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud; FROZEN, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee; MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, directed by Dan Scanlon; THE WIND RISES, directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street photo: Paramount Pictures.