Dec 26, 2013

My 2013 Ballot

My top 25 films of 2013 is posted here. That list included every new film that I saw in theatres this year, including festival releases. What you see below is my ballot submitted to The Film Experience for our annual Team Experience awards, which is only limited to films that were released theatrically in the United Stated between January 1st and December 31st, 2013. The results of our team awards will be published on January 14th.

Best Film
1. Museum Hours
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. Wadjda
4. The Wolf of Wall Street
5. No
6. At Berkeley
7. Frances Ha
8. The Broken Circle Breakdown
9. The Missing Picture
10. Beyond the Hills

Best Director
1. Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture)
2. Pablo Larrain (No)
3. Cristian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills)
4. Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking)
5. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

Best Screenplay
1. Fill the Void (Rama Burshtein)
2. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)
3. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig)
4. The Unspeakable Act (Dan Sallitt)
5. Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu)

Best Actor
1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
2. Gael Garcia Bernal (No)
3. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
4. Paul Rudd (Prince Avalanche)
5. Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown)

Best Actress
1. Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)
2. Hadas Yaron (Fill the Void)
3. Julie Delpy (Before Midnight)
4. Amy Adams (American Hustle)
5. Suzanne Clement (Laurence Anyways)

Best Supporting Actor
1. Richmond Arquette (This Is Martin Bonner)
2. Yiftach Klein (Fill the Void)
3. Elyes Aguis (The Past)
4. Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
5. Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

Best Supporting Actress
1. Mary Margaret O'Hara (Museum Hours)
2. Angela McEwan (Nebraska)
3. Xenia Karogeropoulo (Before Midnight)
4. Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station)
5. Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha)

Best Cinematography
1. The Grandmaster
2. Mud
3. Something in the Air
4. Inside Llewyn Davis
5. Gravity

Best Production Design
1. The Grandmaster
2. The Great Gatsby
3. The Missing Picture
4. Her
5. Stoker

Best Costume Design
1. Stoker 
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. The Butler
4. The Bling Ring
5. The Great Gatsby

Best Makeup
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. World War Z
3. Broken Circle Breakdown
4. Spring Breakers
5. Computer Chess

Best Visual Effects
1. Gravity
2. World War Z
3. The Great Gatsby
4. The Grandmaster
5. All Is Lost

Best Editing
1. Drug War
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. No
4. A Hijacking
5. The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Sound Design
1. Gravity
2. Stoker
3. World War Z
4. Ain't Them Bodies Saints
5. Upstream Color

Best Music
1. Bastards
2. The Grandmaster
3. Prince Avalanche
4. Inside Llewyn Davis
5. Reality

Best Documentary Film
1. At Berkeley
2. The Missing Picture
3. Stories We Tell
4. Blood Brother
5. The Act of Killing

Best Animated Film
1. Ernest and Celestine
2. The Wind Rises
3. Frozen

Best Foreign Film
1. Neighboring Sounds
2. Wadjda
3. No
4. Broken Circle Breakdown
5. The Missing Picture


  1. Can you explain How O'Hara is supporting in Museum Hours and not lead? I"m uber curious.

    1. Of course, though you may disagree with me.
      I actually think both characters, but more so with O'Hara's, have secondary importance in the film's narrative. They're vessels through which the relationship between us, the world around us and works of art is explored. They have sufficient screen time to be considered lead, but not the narrative requirements of what I generally associate with a lead role.

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