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Boston critics honor '12 Years a Slave'

Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" continued to look like a strong Oscars contender on Sunday as it picked up a best picture win from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

The antebellum story's star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, was named best actor, and McQueen grabbed a best director win. The New York Film Critics Circle gave McQueen the same honor last week.

The Boston critics named "Blue Jasmine" star Cate Blanchett best actress.

Other awards went to:

Best Supporting Actor: James Gandolfini, "Enough Said"

Best Supporting Actress: June Squibb, "Nebraska"

Best Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener, "Enough Said"

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Gravity"

Best Documentary: "The Act of Killing"

Best Foreign-Language Film: "Wadjda"

Best Animated Film: "The Wind Rises"

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer): Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill, "Rush"

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy): Ryan Coogler, "Fruitvale Station"

Best Ensemble Cast: "Nebraska"

Best Use of Music in a Film: "Inside Llewyn Davis"