The New York Film Critics Circle is handing out its prizes today, with most people looking at them as a gauge of what’s likely to end up in the Oscar race this year. Intended or not, the annual onslaught of awards has evolved into Academy Award straw polls.
Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises collected Best Animated Film, beating out Disney’s Frozen, Pixar’s Monsters University, and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods.
Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo), The Wind Rises is slated for limited release in North American theaters on Feb. 21, 2014, and expanded release on Feb. 28, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner.
The full list of awards is shown below:
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): Stories We Tell
Best First Film: Ryan Coogler – Fruitvale Station
Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis
Special Award: Frederick Wiseman
Best Screenplay: American Hustle
Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Best Director: Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Robert Redford – All Is Lost
Best Picture: American Hustle