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The 2013 awards season is heating up, which means it is also that time of year to start looking back at the best films of the year. Film fans will start seeing the same movie titles over and over again popping up on lists of award winners and nominees. Just this morning, the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations came out and there were hardly any surprises there.
For 2013, the movie names you’ll be hearing over and over again are Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Spike Jonze’s Her, David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Other films that have earned acclaim this year include Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station, J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost and Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club.
Doing a best of 2013 is hard to do in early December, unless you live in New York and Los Angeles, where you can see all these films before they go wide. Inside Llewyn Davis was just released in NYC and LA this week, while American Hustle is out there this weekend. It hits theaters wide next week. Her may not reach the entire country until next month. So, to the best of my ability and based on the films I’ve seen this year, here’s my personal 10 favorite films of the year.