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First of the critics groups announce best film, best actors. Awards season has officially begun.

“American Hustle” is named best of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle, Redford, Blanchett win best acing awards.

The New York Film Critics Circle, first out of the gate with the 2013 awards, named American Hustle, David O. Russell's rollicking take on the Abscam scandal of the late 1970s, as the best film of the year. Here's the complete list of the NYFFC's kudos:

Best Picture: 
American Hustle
Best Director:
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay:
Eric Singer & David O. Russell, American Hustle
Best Actress: 
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Actor: 
Robert Redford, All is Lost
Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor:
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Foreign Language Film:
Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Cinematography:
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Nonfiction Film:           
Stories We Tell
Best First Film: 
Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station

Best Animated Film:
The Wind Rises
Special Award:
Frederick Wiseman