The Knave's 2013 Film Awards!

Okay, here we go!  Time for the first annual Rougie Awards for excellence in film!  I saw a crap ton of movies in 2013 and it was frankly an absolutely awesome year.  It was really hard to winnow all these categories down to just fifteen winners, but I did it.  I have a top ten and five runners up in the following categories: Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Female Performance, Best Male Performance and Best Film.  I should point out that this isn’t for movies that came out in 2013.  I several movies from late 2012 in theaters after January 1st, 2013, and once I included those, it seemed easy to include even older movies that I saw during the year.  Some of them I saw in theaters via Classics Series that screened older movies on the big screen again.  Others I caught at home.  But regardless, these awards are for all movies that I personally saw in 2013.  So, that should clarify that. 

Without any further ado, let me give you the five runners up in the Best Director category; all of these directors stayed in my top ten until late in the year and it really hurt to finally cut them, but they just didn’t quite make the cut.  But, in a year packed with great movies, even the runners up were absolutely superlative.  Anyway, here we go!


Nimrod Antal - Metallica: Through the Never

Rodney Ascher - Room 237

Park Chan-Wook - Oldboy

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Don Jon

Alfred Hitchcock - Vertigo

Ron Howard - Rush

Franck Khalfoun - Maniac

Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life

Arthur Penn - Bonnie & Clyde

Jean-Marc Vallee - Dallas Buyers Club

Runners Up

Fede Alvarez - Evil Dead

Danny Boyle - Trance

Terrence Malick - To the Wonder

Christopher Nolan - The Prestige

Sarah Polley - Stories We Tell


Jem Cohen - Museum Hours


12 Years a Slave

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

American Hustle

Bonnie & Clyde

The Impossible

Marvel's The Avengers

Much Ado About Nothing


Pulp Fiction

The Way, Way Back

Runners Up

20 Feet from Stardom


The Prestige

Short Term 12

The World's End

Worst Ensemble

Risky Business


Runners Up

Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty

Rinko Kikuchi - Babel

Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle

Rooney Mara - Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Lea Seydoux - Blue is the Warmest Colour