The global box office results tell a different story — with superhero sequels and “Despicable” Minions dominating big-money draws — but 2013 was an exemplary year for daring, original filmmaking. Vanity Fair went as far as to call this year’s crop of movies the best since 1939, when “Gone With the Wind,” “Wuthering Heights,” and “The Wizard of Oz” were released. When you consider the output by some of our most important directors (Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, Spike Jonze, The Coen Brothers, Ron Howard, Alexander Payne, Ridley Scott, Steve McQueen, the list is endless), it’s difficult to disagree with that sentiment.
Small-budget, independent cinema thrived with Richard Linklater’s ending to his “Before” trilogy, Ryan Coogler’s fabulous treatment of the Oscar Grant tragedy in “Fruitvale Station,” and Woody Allen’s modern spin on “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Fresh faces emerged, such as Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), to complement the familiar names who were given new life: Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”).
Documentaries like “Blackfish” and “20 Feet From Stardom” made commercial noise beyond the arthouse crowd and action movies like Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” pushed genre boundaries into groundbreaking new territory.
2013 was such a strong year in Hollywood, talk of the TV revolution taking place on HBO and Netflix has all but dissipated. It’s an ideal year to look at our favorite movies and performances and dole out some well-deserved accolades. Here are the results from the first ever Boston.com movie awards.