2014 New York Film Critics Circle Awards: What the winners are saying

It may be below freezing in the Big Apple, but historically cold temperatures didn't stop the stars from coming out on Monday night for the 79th New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

The prestigious ceremony brought out a who's-who of this year's awards season contenders, although there wasn't too much suspense throughout the night. The winners were previously announced in December. 

"It's really wonderful to know what the outcome is. It takes a lot of the stress out of the evening," said Cate Blanchett, who won best actress for her acclaimed turn in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." 

The awards show is often viewed as a prelude of sorts for the Oscars, but Hollywood legend Robert Redford, who won best actor for his near-silent performance in "All Is Lost," said he doesn't like to get his hopes up too high.

"I never think about outcomes when I do work," Redford said. "I think expectations and predictions are kind of dangerous...You're better off just doing the work and not thinking about the outcome."

Redford's award was presented by his good friend Glenn Close. The two actors co-stared together in 1984's "The Natural." 

"It's rather bizarre to be at an awards show given by critics," Close said, "Because critics are usually our worst enemies. Ask any actor what his worst criticism was, and he'll know it word for word."

Watch the video above to hear Octavia Spencer discuss why she changed her mind about refusing a role in "Fruitvale Station," and to hear Jared Leto describe what it was like playing a transgendered woman in "Dallas Buyers Club."

A complete list of the 2014 New York Film Critics Circle Award winners can be found here.

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