'Hustle,' Lawrence top NY critics' picks
Jennifer Lawrence (far right) and "American Hustle" took home wins from the N.Y. critics.
December 3rd, 2013
04:32 PM ET

'Hustle,' Lawrence top NY critics' picks

"American Hustle" just got a sweet deal from the New York film critics.

The David O. Russell film - about politicians, con artists and law enforcement officials enmeshed in the ABSCAM scandal of the late '70s - won best picture Tuesday from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Also among the winners was Jennifer Lawrence, who stars in the film with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner. Lawrence won best supporting actress for her performance as a brassy mayor's wife. Her performance in another Russell film, last year's "Silver Linings Playbook," eventually led to an Oscar for best actress.

Other winners at the NYFCC included Robert Redford, who earned best actor for his performance in "All Is Lost"; Cate Blanchett, whose work in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" won her best actress; and Steve McQueen, who won best director for "12 Years a Slave."

Jared Leto won best supporting actor for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club."

The complete list can be found at http://www.nyfcc.com/ .

Though the critics' honors only occasionally mesh with the ultimate winners at the Academy Awards, they offer fodder for awards sites to handicap races - and highlight candidates - as Hollywood heads into the Golden Globes, the Baftas, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Oscars themselves. A NYFCC honor certainly didn't hurt "The Hurt Locker," for example, which won 2009's best picture prize.

Tomorrow the National Board of Review will release its annual list of top films, and Sunday the Los Angeles film critics will hand out their picks. The Oscars will finally arrive on March 2, 2014.

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