“12 Years a Slave,” a drama that captures the brutality of slavery in the pre-Civil War South, made nearly a clean sweep of the Iowa Film Critics Association’s annual awards, including best picture.
Honors also went to Steve McQueen as best director, Chiwetel Ejiofor as best actor, Michael Fassbender as supporting actor and Lupita Nyong’o as supporting actress. Ejiofor and Nyong’o played slaves, while Fassbender was a sadistic plantation owner.
Cate Blanchett won best-actress honors as the ex-wife of a fraudulent investment executive in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”
“Frozen” was named best animated feature, while the documentary-feature award went to “20 Feet From Stardom.”
World-Herald critic Bob Fischbach is a member of the Iowa Film Critics. Nebraska does not have a similar organization.
Other nominees named by the critics in each category:
Picture: “Nebraska” and “American Hustle.” Director: David O. Russell, “American Hustle,” and Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity.” Actor: Oscar Issac, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and Bruce Dern, “Nebraska.” Actress: Amy Adams, “American Hustle,” and Sandra Bullock, “Gravity.” Supporting actor: Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips,” and Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.” Supporting actress: June Squbb, “Nebraska,” and Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle.” Animated film: “The Wind Rises” and “Despicable Me 2.” documentary: “Blackfish” and “Stories We Tell.”