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Inside Llewyn Davis,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s darkly comic odyssey set against the 1960s New York folk-music scene, swept the National Society of Film Critics’ top prizes on Saturday, winning awards for picture, director, actor Oscar Isaac and cinematography.

The Coens’ film has gone largely unrecognized by critics’ groups this season, apart from a picture prize from the Toronto Film Critics Assn. The New York Film Critics Circle gave its top award to “American Hustle,” while the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Assn. split its honors between “Gravity” and “Her.”

In the other acting categories, Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”) achieved first-ballot victories for actress and supporting actress, respectively. James Franco drew the supporting actor prize for his work in “Spring Breakers.”

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke received the screenplay prize for “Before Midnight.” Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue Is the Warmest Color” took the prize for top foreign-language film, »

- Justin Chang

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