The 2013 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Nominations

December 9, 2013

short-term-12-posterThe Detroit Film Critics Society is pleased to announce the best of 2013 nominees in ten categories. The society was founded in Spring 2007 and consists of a group of twenty Michigan film critics who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities within a 150-mile radius of the city including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Flint, Michigan.

Each critic submitted their top five picks in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough Performance, Best Screenplay, and Best Documentary. From these submissions, each entry was given a point value and the top five in each category have been placed on the final ballot. The 2013 winners will be announced on Friday, December 13th, 2013.

Leading with five nominations each this year are American Hustle and Short Term 12. Other top nominees with four nominations each are 12 Years a Slave, Her, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Receiving three nominations each are August: Osage County, Before Midnight, and Captain Phillips. Both Spike Jonze and David O. Russell have been nominated twice this year for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Destin Cretton has been nominated twice in the Best Screenplay and Best Breakthrough categories. Brie Larson is nominated twice in the Best Actress and Best Breakthrough categories. Julie Delpy is nominated twice for Best Actress and Best Screenplay. Matthew McConaughey is also nominated twice for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.



  • Before Midnight
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Short Term 12
  • 12 Years a Slave


  • Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
  • Spike Jonze, Her
  • David O. Russell, American Hustle
  • Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street


  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Robert Redford, All Is Lost


  • Amy Adams, American Hustle
  • Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
  • Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color
  • Brie Larson, Short Term 12
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County


  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • James Franco, Spring Breakers
  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Matthew McConaughey, Mud
  • Stanley Tucci, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


  • Scarlett Johansson, Her
  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska


  • American Hustle
  • August: Osage County
  • Blue Jasmine
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street


  • Lake Bell, In a World (actress, screenplay, director)
  • Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station (screenplay, director)
  • Destin Cretton, Short Term 12 (screenplay, director)
  • Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station (actor)
  • Brie Larson, Short Term 12 (actress)


  • Destin Cretton, Short Term 12
  • Spike Jonze, Her
  • Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
  • Eric Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle
  • Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street


  • The Act of Killing
  • Blackfish
  • The Square
  • Stories We Tell
  • The Unknown Known