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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The New York Film Critics Circle named "American Hustle," a film about 1970s con artists forced to work with the FBI, as best film of 2013 and gave its top acting prizes to Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in one of the first major movie honors in the run-up to the Oscars. On Monday (January 6) Reford, Blanchett and others attended the 79th annual awards ceremony to claim their trophies. British director Steve McQueen won the best director prize for "12 Years a Slave," the historical drama about a free black man sold into slavery and based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup. The awards pit director David O. Russell's "American Hustle," and "12 Year a Slave," the winner of the top prize at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, as early contenders in the race for the Academy Awards. This is the second honor from the critics for McQueen, in 2009 he won the best first film prize for "Hunger." "It feels wo