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'Inside Lleywn Davis' top choice for National Society of Film Critics

By Breeanna Hare, CNN
January 6, 2014 -- Updated 1831 GMT (0231 HKT)
Oscar Isaac stars in Joel and Ethan Coen's
Oscar Isaac stars in Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Inside Llewyn Davis" won best film of 2013 from the National Society of Film Critics
  • In second place was "American Hustle," followed by "12 Years A Slave" and "Her"
  • "Llewyn Davis" also won in the best director, actor and cinematography categories

(CNN) -- Critics around the country have spoken: The Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" is their top film from 2013.

On Saturday, the '60s-era story of a struggling folk singer beat out other awards season favorites "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave" and "Her" for the best picture honor from the National Society of Film Critics.

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The organization is made up of the nation's distinguished movie buffs, many of whom voted in the Society's 48th annual awards meeting on January 4. Instead of dragging out the awards process, the Society of Film Critics simply meets and votes using a weighted ballot. As long as a movie opened in the United States during 2013, it was up for consideration.

In the end, "Inside Llewyn Davis" pulled ahead for the best picture win, while "American Hustle" was second. "12 Years A Slave" and "Her" ended up tying for third place.

The love for "Llewyn" didn't end there: Joel and Ethan Coen shared the best director win, and star Oscar Isaac -- who plays the ornery, ambitious artist Llewyn -- was named best actor. The film, which also stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake, also won the best cinematography award.

In the best supporting actor category, the Society of Film Critics favored James Franco's turn as Alien in "Spring Breakers" over Jared Leto's praised performance in "Dallas Buyers Club."

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Cate Blanchett's work in "Blue Jasmine" nabbed the star a best actress win, while Jennifer Lawrence scooped up a best supporting actress award for "American Hustle."

Saturday's meeting was held in memory of two late film critics and Society members, Roger Ebert and Stanley Kaufmann.

See the list of winners and runners-up below:

Best picture:

1. "Inside Llewyn Davis" -- 23

2. "American Hustle" -- 17

3. "12 Years a Slave" and "Her" -- tie, 16

Best director:

1. Joel and Ethan Coen ("Inside Llewyn Davis") -- 25

2. Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity") -- 18

3. Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") -- 15

Best foreign language film:

1. "Blue Is the Warmest Color" -- 27

2. "A Touch of Sin" -- 21

3. "The Great Beauty" -- 15

Best non-fiction film:

1. "The Act of Killing" (Joshua Oppenheimer) and "At Berkeley" (Frederick Wiseman) -- tie, 20

3. "Leviathan" (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel) -- 18

Best screenplay:

1. "Before Midnight" (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke) -- 29

2. "Inside Llewyn Davis" (Joel and Ethan Coen) -- 26

3. "American Hustle" (Eric Singer and David O. Russell) -- 18

Best cinematography:

1. "Inside Llewyn Davis" (Bruno Delbonnel) -- 28

2."Gravity" (Emmanuel Lubezki) -- 26

3. "Nebraska" (Phedon Papamichael) -- 19

Best actor:

1. Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") -- 28

2. Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") -- 19

3. Robert Redford ("All Is Lost") -- 12

Best actress:

1. Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") -- 57

2. Adèle Exarchopoulos ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") -- 36

3. Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight") -- 26

Best supporting actor:

1. James Franco ("Spring Breakers") -- 24

2. Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") -- 20

3. Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips") -- 14

Best supporting actress:

1. Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle") -- 54

2. Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") -- 38

3. Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine") and Léa Seydoux ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") -- tie, 18

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