'12 Years a Slave,' 'American Hustle' win big at Critics Choice awards
By Chris Michaud
(Reuters) - "12 Years a Slave," Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey were among big winners at the Critics Choice Movie Awards on Thursday, taking honors for best picture, actress and actor.
The all-star "American Hustle," about 1970s corruption which earlier Thursday received 10 Oscar nominations, was named best comedy film, with Amy Adams winning best comedy actress.
The 281-member Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest film critics' organization in the United States and Canada, also gave the film its best acting ensemble prize at the event in Santa Monica, California.
Leonardo DiCaprio won best comedy actor for "The Wolf of Wall Street," setting the pattern early for the awards which virtually mirrored the top winners at Sunday's Golden Globes.
Blanchett, who also won the Globe and is favored for the Oscar, was honored for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," in which she plays the unbalanced wife of a disgraced Bernard Madoff-like swindler.
Many stars who were nominated - or snubbed - just hours earlier for the Oscars, Hollywood's top honors, were on hand, including Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.
Jared Leto won best supporting actor for his turn as a transsexual fighting AIDS in "Dallas Buyers Club." He dedicated his award to "all the people around the world who are living with HIV (and) all the people who have lost their lives to this horrific disease."
Both McConaughey, who plays the real-life, heterosexual Ron Woodroof who became an AIDS activist after being diagnosed in the 1980s and given weeks to live, and Leto won Golden Globes on Sunday, and both were nominated for Oscars on Thursday. Continued...