Russell does the Hustle
Awards season has now officially begun, and the first major prize has gone to David O Russell's ensemble film American Hustle.
Russell's film, a crime-comedy set in the world of 1970s art thieves, has garnered universal praise and has now picked up its first award from the New Film Critic's Circle.
The NYFCC named American Hustle best film of 2013. Best director went to Britain's Steve McQueen for historical drama 12 Years A Slave. Cate Blanchett was named best actress for Blue Jasmine; Robert Redford won best actor for All Is Lost.
NYFCC's annual awards are the traditional starting pistol for the three-month award season, which runs until the glitzy finale of the Academy Awards in March.
The NYFCC are seen as a key indicator of what to expect come March, although with expensive Oscar campaigns still gearing up, anything could happen over the next three months.
It's fair to assume, however, that American Hustle can now be considered a major player for the big awards.