'Inside Llewyn Davis' charms Toronto critics

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The Coen brothers latest movie was sweet music to the ears of the Toronto Film Critics Association. Inside Llewyn Davis and its star, Oscar Isaac, were named Best Picture and Best Actor respectively, and the sibling filmmakers were mentioned as runners-up for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for Gravity, and Spike Jonze won the screenwriting award for Her.

In the other major acting categories, Oscar frontunners Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) won.

Hayao Miyazaki’s animated biopic The Wind Rises won for Best Animated Feature, and Neighboring Sounds was named Best First Feature edging Fruitvale Station and Lake Bell’s In a World….

The Toronto critics have a contrarian bent, and are not relied on to necessarily forecast the Oscars. In recent years, they’ve honored The Master, The Tree of Life, Hunger, and Wendy and Lucy for Best Picture.

Click below for a complete list of winners.

BEST PICTURE
Inside Llewyn Davis (Mongrel Media)
Runners-up
Her (Warner Bros.)
12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)

BEST ACTOR
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Runners-up
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Runners-up
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Runners-up
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
James Franco, Spring Breakers

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Runners-up
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
June Squibb, Nebraska

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Runners-up
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

BEST SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL
Spike Jonze, Her
Runners-up
Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Neighboring Sounds, directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
Runners-up
Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler
In a World …, directed by Lake Bell

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Wind Rises (Touchstone Pictures)
Runners-up
The Croods (20th Century Fox)
Frozen (Walt Disney Pictures)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
A Touch of Sin (Films We Like)
Runners-up
Blue Is the Warmest Color (Mongrel Media)
The Hunt (Mongrel Media)

BMO ALLAN KING DOCUMENTARY AWARD
The Act of Killing (Films We Like)
Runners-up
Leviathan (Films We Like)
Tim’s Vermeer (Mongrel Media)

ROGERS BEST CANADIAN FILM AWARD FINALISTS
The Dirties (Phase 4 Films)
Gabrielle (Entertainment One)
Watermark (Mongrel Media)

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