Announcing the Nominees for the 2014 Patheos Movie Awards

We watch lots of movies here at the Entertainment Channel. And we have lots of opinions about them. So we decided to create the first ever Patheos Movie Awards, the Pathies!

Our Entertainment Channel writers have selected our nominations for the best in cinema in 2013.

The final Patheos Movie Awards (aka the #Pathies) will be announced February 26, 2014.

The Nominees are:

Best Picture of 2013

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Lone Survivor
  • Philomena

 Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
  • Peter Berg (Lone Survivor)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • Spike Jonze (Her)
  • Cristian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills)
  • Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing)
  • Joel and Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)


Best Actor

  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Her)


Best Actress

  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
  • Brie Larson (Short Term 12)
  • Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt)
  • Adéle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)


Best Supporting Actor

  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • James Franco (Spring Breakers)
  • Daniel Brühl (Rush)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)


Best Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave)
  • Sally Hawkins ( Blue Jasmine)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)


Best Movie to Watch as a Family

  • Frozen
  • Monsters University
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • The Way, Way Back


Best Portrayal of Faith

  • Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) in Gravity
  • Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) in 42
  • Father Quintana (Javier Barden) in To the Wonder
  • Shira (Hadas Yaron) in Fill the Void
  • Philomena (Judi Dench) in Philomena


Reactions to WAFCA awards

Today The Washington Area Film Critics Association, of which I am a member, announced its awards for 2011. I agree with some of the picks and disagree with others. That’s democracy, I guess, and I’m all for it until they appoint me Empress of the Universe.

The Artist



Critics like movies about movies.WAFCA awarded Best Picture to “The Artist,” an homage to silent movies. Best Director went to Martin Scorsese for “Hugo,” a love song to the early days of film covering roughly the same era. Best Actress was awarded to Michelle Williams for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn,” an exploration of the reigning queen of the Golden Age. And “Rango,” a movie about an actor who happens to be a gecko having an adventure in the Wild West, won Best Animated Film. All four are excellently made movies, yet their focus on art and specifically cinematic art leaves out much of human experience. It makes sense that critics (and later, it’s likely, the Academy) love movies about movies. After all, we don’t become critics for the paychecks, but for a passion for film. Still, we tend to be a bit myopic.

The rest of my reactions after the jump.

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Awards Nominations

The Washington Area Film Critics Association has nominated films in the following categories. The winners will be announced on Monday, December 5 at 8 AM.

The 2011 WAFCA Awards NOMINEES are:

Best Film:
The Artist
The Descendants
Win Win

The full list past the jump.

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