The New York Film Critics Circle, the first major critics group to bestow plaudits on 2013's best and brightest films, named David O. Russell's "American Hustle" as Best Picture of the year.
Russell's film also won awards for Jennifer Lawrence (who took home Best Supporting Actress) and its screenplay (credited to Russell and Eric Singer).
Other winners announced Tuesday included Robert Redford (as Best Actor for "All Is Lost"), Cate Blanchett (as Best Actress for "Blue Jasmine"), Jared Leto (as Best Supporting Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club") and Steve McQueen (as Best Director for "12 Years A Slave").
It was expected that "12 Years A Slave," an Oscar favorite since its debut at the Telluride Film Festival in August, would take home the New York Film Critics Circle's top honor. Lawrence, meanwhile, defeated eligible contenders Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years A Slave") and Oprah Winfrey ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") for her award.
Last year, "Zero Dark Thirty" took Best Picture at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, with that film's director, Kathryn Bigelow, earning the Best Director award. Bigelow was subsequently left off of the Best Director list at the Academy Awards, but her film did score a Best Picture nomination from the Oscars.
This year's winners are below:
Best Picture: "American Hustle" (dir. David O. Russell)
Best Director: Steve McQueen, "12 Years A Slave"
Best Actor: Robert Redford, "All Is Lost"
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Best Screenplay: David O. Russell and Eric Singer, "American Hustle"
Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): "Stories We Tell" (dir. Sarah Polley)
Best First Film: "Fruitvale Station" (dir. Ryan Coogler)
Best Animated Film: "The Wind Rises" (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Best Foreign Language Film: "Blue Is The Warmest Color" (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)