August: Osage County directed by John Wells won a four awards at the 18th annual Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival, including best film of the year. Meryl Streep won the festival’s best actress award. The cast, which includes Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham won the 2013 best acting ensemble of the year award; and Oscar-winner Chris Cooper received the festival’s lifetime achievement award.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom walked away with three awards – Idris Elba was named best actor, Naomie Harris was named best supporting actress and U2’s “Ordinary Love” was named best song. Elba and Harris collected the film’s awards on Dec. 30 following its Italian premiere.
David O. Russell, whose Silver Linings Playbook won four awards at last year’s festival, received the 2013 best director award for American Hustle. He and co-writer Eric Warren Singer won the best original screenplay award for their story, which is loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early ’80s.
12 Years A Slave picked up two nods, including best adapted screenplay for John Ridley and best supporting actor for Michael Fassbender.
The Capri audience award went to Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks and the best animated feature award went to DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods.
The Capri visionary movie award went to The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. A Golden Globe-nominee, it is on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s shortlist for a best foreign language film.