2013 in movies: Winners and losers

Published 8:15 PM ET, Fri December 13, 2013
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Winner: "Iron Man 3" was the top-grossing film of the year. Walt Disney Pictures
Winner: "Gravity" was a widely praised hit. It will figure in awards chatter. warner bros.
Winner: "Fast & Furious 6" was the most successful film of what's become a very profitable series. Universal Pictures
Winner: Tom Hanks starred in two well-reviewed films, "Captain Phillips" (pictured) and "Saving Mr. Banks." He's been in the thick of awards talk. Columbia Pictures
Winner: Melissa McCarthy had a terrific year, starring in two hit films, "Identity Thief" and "The Heat."
Winner: Matthew McConaughey was praised for his work in two 2013 films, "Mud" and "Dallas Buyers Club." Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence keeps rolling. The actress won an Oscar in February, and in 2013 had both box-office gold ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") and critical praise ("American Hustle"). Rob Kim/Getty Images/File
Winner: Amy Adams starred as Lois Lane in the hit "Man of Steel" and is getting awards talk for "American Hustle." She also stars in the well-reviewed "Her." Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Winner: The much-lauded "12 Years a Slave" (above) was one of several films about the African-American experience, including "42," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Fruitvale Station." Jaap Buitendijk/Fox Searchlight Pictures
Winner: At 77, Robert Redford received some of the best reviews of his career for "All Is Lost." Roadside Attractions
Winner: Minions rejoice! "Despicable Me 2" was the top animated film of the year, even topping Pixar's entry, "Monsters University." Universal Pictures
Loser: "The Lone Ranger" was saddled with a big budget but made less than $100 million. It did, however, end up as the butt of many jokes. Peter Mountain/Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer Inc.
Loser: Ryan Reynolds, left, starred in two duds, "R.I.P.D." and "Turbo" (for which he supplied the voice of the lead). In Reynolds' defense, "The Croods" -- another voice role for him -- did better. Fame Pictures
Loser: Washington. It's not just last in the hearts of its countrymen these days, but two movies -- "Olympus Has Fallen" and "White House Down" -- wrecked some of the city's landmarks. Columbia Pictures
Loser: Thanks to the bomb "After Earth," Will Smith is no longer king of the summer movie. Columbia Pictures
Loser: "After Earth" director M. Night Shyamalan didn't even get his name above the title, but the film couldn't break his losing streak. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
Loser: Cities. It's not enough to bring down a building or two; films such as "Man of Steel," pictured, "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Pacific Rim" lay waste to blocks and blocks. If this were the real world, insurance companies would be going bankrupt. Warner Bros.
Loser: Director Michael Bay got away from "Transformers' " huge special effects with "Pain and Gain." It tanked. No worries: "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is due out in June 2014. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures/File
Loser: Race-car drivers had a poor 2013, with the live-action Formula One racers of "Rush" and the animated snails of "Turbo" falling short at the box office. Universal Pictures
Loser: The "Fast & Furious" series faces a number of questions after the death of star Paul Walker, second from right, in November. A seventh film is in production but has been shut down in the wake of the tragedy. Courtesy Universal Pictures