Dublin Film Critics Circle announce their Best Films of 2013

Every year the fine film critics of our nation’s capital gather together to decree from upon-high what they deem to be the best films, directors, screenplays and performance of the year. And every year it produces an eclectic and brilliant list.

2013 is no exception with the list of best films including box-office busting blockbusters, documentaries, and small art-house fare. Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity came out top of the pile, with Cuarón also taking the top nod in the best directors list. As the lists encompass all films releases in Ireland in 2013 some of last year’s Oscar big guns are still in the mix.

Scannain has no representatives on the Dublin Film Critics Circle, but we know and admire all of the critics involved. Here’s what they think you should have seen in 2013:


1.   Gravity
2.   The Great Beauty
3.   Act of Killing
4.   Blue is the Warmest Colour
5.   Before Midnight
6.   Behind the Candelabra
7.   Django Unchained
8.   Beyond the Hills
9.   Selfish Giant
Blue Jasmine
Zero Dark Thirty
10. What Maisie Knew



1.   Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
2.   Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty)
3.   Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant)
4.   Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is the Warmest Colour)
Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
5.   Ben Wheatley (A Field in England)
6.   Richard Linklater (Before Midnight)
7.   Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines)
8.   Shane Carruth (Upstream Colour)
9.   Cristian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills)
10.  Joshua Oppenheimer (Act of Killing)
Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)


1.   Before Midnight
2.   The Great Beauty
3.   Nebraska
Django Unchained
4.   Blue Jasmine
5.   Blue is the Warmest Colour
6.   The Place Beyond the Pines
7.   Prisoners
8.   Compliance
9.   Mud
10.  Selfish Giant
Behind the Candelabra


1.   Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
2.   Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
3.   Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
4.   Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
5.   Tom Servillo (The Great Beauty)
6.   Matthew McConaughey (Mud)
7.   Hugh Jackman (Prisoners)
8.   Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
Brady Corbet (Simon Killer)
9.   Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)
Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
10.  Gael Garcia Bernal (No)


1.   Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
2.   Adéle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Colour)
3.   Judi Dench (Philomena)
4.   Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)
Julie Delpy (Before Midnight)
5.   Paulina Garcia (Gloria)
6.   Rooney Mara (Side Effects)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
7.   Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
8.   Julianne Moore (What Maisie Saw)
Emilie Dequeene (Our Children)
9.   Lake Bell (In a World…)
10.  Onata Aprile (What Maisie Said)


1.   Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, To the Wonder)
2.   Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty)
3.   Roger Deakins (Prisoners)
4.   Sean Bobbit (The Place Beyond the Pines)
5.   Bradford Young (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints)
6.   Larry Smith (Only God Forgives)
7.   Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)
Simon Duggan (The Great Gatsby)
8.   Benoit Debie (Spring Breakers)
9.   Mike Eley (The Selfish Giant)
Barry Ackroyd (Captain Phillips)
10.  Sergio Armstrong (No)
Oleg Mutu (Beyond the Hills)


1.   Act of Killing
2.   Blackfish
3.   West of Memphis
4.   Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
5.   The Summit
6.   We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
7.   McCullin
8.   Beware of Mr Baker
9.   The Gatekeepers
10.  Michael H – Profession: Director


1.   Good Vibrations
2.   Pilgrim Hill
3.   Broken Song
4.   The Irish Pub
5.   The Summit
6.   Life’s a Breeze
7.   The Hardy Bucks Movie
8.   Very Extremely Dangerous
9.   Jump
Black Ice
10.  Kelly & Victor


Adele Exarchopoulos


Lake Bell
Joshua Oppenheimer