The National Society of Film Critics really likes Llewyn Davis, you probably haven't heard him

The National Society of Film Critics really likes Llewyn Davis, you probably haven't heard him

While the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis has been entirely shut out of industry awards from the Producers, Writers, and Screen Actors Guilds—as though each had heard Llewyn’s rambling song and flatly declared, “I don’t see a lot of money here”—it continues to be well-received by a cult New York audience, as well as other more scholarly, disenfranchised types. First the Gotham Awards related to Llewyn’s depiction of their bleak and wintry city. And now the story of a frustrated outsider who offers unforgiving, bluntly disparaging takedowns of the art he loves under the principle that it’s just his job has similarly struck a chord with the National Society of Film Critics—you know, for whatever reason. It awarded Llewyn honors for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Actor (for Oscar Isaac), thus maintaining Llewyn Davis’ standing as a critically championed underdog, even if it means letting it sleep on the couch should it find itself locked out of Oscar season.

In the other major break from the now-established usual suspects, Spring Breakers’ James Franco was awarded Best Supporting Actor by critics who adored his performance—critics who weren’t even James Franco. Here’s the complete list of winners with runners-up and voting tallies included, so you can see exactly how much the NSFC likes Jennifer Lawrence (16 more than Lupita Nyong'o).

BEST PICTURE
Inside Llewyn Davis (23)
American Hustle (17)
12 Years A Slave (16)

BEST DIRECTOR
Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis (25)
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity (18)
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave (15)

BEST ACTOR
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis (28)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave (19)
Robert Redford, All Is Lost (12)

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (57)
Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color (36)
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight (26) 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
James Franco, Spring Breakers (24)
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (20)
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips (14)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle (54)
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave (38)
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine (18)
Léa Seydoux, Blue Is The Warmest Color (18)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke (29)
Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel and Ethan Coen (26)
American Hustle, Eric Singer and David O. Russell (18) 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel (28)
Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki (26)
Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael (17)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Blue Is The Warmest Color (27)
A Touch Of Sin (21)
The Great Beauty (15)

BEST NON-FICTION FILM
(Tie) The Act Of Killing and At Berkeley (20)
Leviathan — 18 

EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Leviathan  

BEST FILM STILL AWAITING AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION
Stray Dogs and Hide Your Smiling Faces  

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