Jan. 17 - Talk at the Critics Choice Awards centres around Oscar nominations, as ''Gravity'' picks ups seven gongs. Joel Flynn reports.
It may have been the Critics Choice Awards, but all the talk was about the Oscars. Nominations for the Academy Awards were announced earlier in the day. The all-star "American Hustle" received 10 Oscar nominations. And it was named best comedy film that evening by the 281-member Broadcast Film Critics Association, with Amy Adams winning best comedy actress. Director David O. Russell said he was honoured by the Oscar nods. SOUNDBITE: Director, David Russell, saying (English): "I am very grateful to be part of it at all. I think if you get to participate at this level, your actors get to participate and your designers. It makes me very very grateful." "12 Years a Slave" joined "American Hustle" at the top of the Oscar pile. The slavery biopic was given the coveted Best Picture by critics, but is still up against tough competition for the Oscar. Director Steve McQueen said the calibre of this year's nominations was astonishing. SOUNDBITE: Director, Steve McQueen, saying (English): "I saw a lot of movies and the quality is extraordinary, extraordinary this year. I am happy to be amongst them." Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor, along with Hollywood veteran Bruce Dern. SOUNDBITE: Actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, saying (English): "I wasn't planning on getting up, but I was wide awake at 5:15 or 5:20. So, I went on the computer to watch the live feed." SOUNDBITE: Actor, Bruce Dern, saying (English): "It's nice to have your fellow teammates, if you will, stand up and say, 'Hey, you had a good year, congratulations.'" But at the Critics' Choice Award it was Matthew McConaughey's performance that won him the Best Actor. "Gravity" won the most awards of the night. The space thriller won seven awards, including best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The Critics' Choice Awards are a recognised "signpost" of the Oscars, which will take place in Hollywood on March 2.