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Thalo Sponsors the 19th Annual Critics Choice Awards

SANTA MONICA, CA –Thalo, parent company of doddle, was proud to once again sponsor the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, held January 16th in Santa Monica, CA (as seen in photos 1 – 6).  The Critics' Choice Movie Awards is a major indicator as to who will be going home happy on Oscar night.

And while this year is undoubtedly one of the most competitive yet, there are three clear front runners for this season's biggest awards. They are 12 Years A Slave, Gravity and American Hustle.

Indeed, at this year's Critics' Choice Awards, the bookmaker's pick to land the Academy Award for Best Picture, Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, won the equivalent prize, with Alfonso Cuaron walking away with the Best Director honor for Gravity.

Along with Cauron's space drama, American Hustle has ten Oscar nominations, many of which are in the main categories. Predictably, David O Russell's comic crime drama performed well at the Critics' Choice, winning Best Acting Ensemble, Best Comedy, Best Makeup and Best Actress in a Comedy going to the superb Amy Adams (as seen in photo 7).

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards splits many of its main categories by genre (in this case comedy and action), something the Academy does not. As a result, the competition come Oscar time is fierce.

This year, the closest thing to a certainty comes in the Best Actress category in the shape of the brilliant Cate Blanchett (as seen in photo 8), who is nominated for her stunning performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

The 44-year-old star left the Critics' Choice ceremony happy, picking up the leading acting prize. If Blanchett can hold off fellow Oscar winner and Gravity star Sandra Bullock (as seen in photo 9 with Oprah Winfrey) she will become the first Australian to win two Academy Awards for acting.

One emotional highlight was when Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave) accepted her Best Supporting Actress Award (as seen in photo 10).

Another Oscar safe bet seems to be in the prestigious Best Original Screenplay section, with Spike Jonze triumphing for Her at the Critics' Choice.

Dallas Buyers Club is one of those films which is being recognised, almost exclusively, in the performing categories. Comeback kid Matthew McConaughey (as seen in photo 11 with Tom Hanks) walked away with the Best Actor award, with co-star Jared Leto winning the Best Supporting Actor (as seen in photo 12).

The lead acting category at the Oscars is one of the most hotly contested, with McConaughey facing stern competition from Christian Bale, Bruce Dern (as seen in photo 13 with co-star June Squibb), Chiwetel Ejiofor (as seen in photo 14) and Leonardo DiCaprio (as seen with co-star Jonah Hill in photo 15).

Here is the full list of winners from the 2014 Critics' Choice Movie Awards:

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Young Actor/Actress: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color
Best Acting Ensemble: American Hustle
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Best Art Direction: Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator), The Great Gatsby
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity
Best Costume Design: Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Best Hair & Makeup: American Hustle
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Action Movie: Lone Survivor
Best Actor in an Action Movie: Mark Wahlberg, Lone Survivor
Best Actress in an Action Movie: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Best Comedy: American Hustle
Best Actor in a Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress in a Comedy: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Gravity
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Song: "Let It Go" Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen
Best Score: Steven Price, Gravity

Photo Credits:

Photo 1: Actress Meryl Streep, courtesy of Tiffany Rose/WireImage

Photo 2: Actor Mark Wahlberg, courtesy of Tiffany Rose/WireImage

Photo 3: Actress Margot Robbie with Steven Roth, President of thalo, artist community, courtesy of

Photo 4: Actress Emma Thompson and Actor Jason Schwartzman, courtesy of Tiffany Rose/WireImage

Photo 5: Actress Julia Roberts, courtesy of Angela Weiss/WireImage

Photo 6: Director Martin Scorsese and Actress Margot Robbie, courtesy of Angela Weiss/WireImage

Photo 7: Actress Amy Adams, courtesy of Tiffany Rose/WireImage

Photo 8: Actress Cate Blanchett, courtesy of Angela Weiss/WireImage

Photo 9: Actresses Sandra Bullock and Oprah Winfrey, courtesy of Tiffany Rose/WireImage

Photo 10: Actress Lupita Nyong'o, courtesy of Tiffany Rose/WireImage

Photo 11: Actors Matthew McConaughey and Tom Hanks, courtesy of Angela Weiss/WireImage

Photo 12: Actor Jared Letto, courtesy of Tiffany Rose/WireImage

Photo 13: Actor Bruce Dern and Actress June Squibb, courtesy of Angela Weiss/WireImage

Photo 14: Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, courtesy of Angela Weiss/WireImage

Photo 15: Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, courtesy of Tiffany Rose/WireImage