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  • 8 January 2014, 12:42

Steve McQueen In 'Garbage Man' Awards Heckle

British director Steve McQueen has been heckled by a critic who called him a "garbage man" as he collected an award in New York.

McQueen was accepting the best director prize for 12 Years A Slave at the New York Film Critics Circle ceremony when Armond White shouted: "You're an embarrassing doorman and garbage man ... F*** you. Kiss my ***."

According to a Variety reporter who was sat near controversial critic White, the comments could not be heard at the front and did not disrupt proceedings.

12 Years A Slave is a historical drama about a free black man sold into slavery starring British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender.

It is the second honour from the critics for McQueen, after he won the best first film prize for Hunger in 2009.

"It feels wonderful, it's almost like an evolution that I'm best director, so it's wonderful," he said.

"I mean to be in New York where I lived and have family is a real honour. It's a city with such a rich film history. So I'm happy to be here."

Robert Redford picked up the best actor award for his solo performance in the ocean survival drama All is Lost.

He told reporters: "I mean it's a wonderful honour for a lot of reasons. This is where my career began in New York. It began in the theatre and then the end of live television.

"So I feel like I've spanned a period of time that has a lot of history connected to it. And that feels good. But to go back to where it all started it feels great."

Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her portrayal of a pill-popping former socialite forced to deal with reduced circumstances in Woody Allen's film Blue Jasmine.

On the red carpet the actress said she jumped at the chance to work with Allen, but explained the first day had a rocky start.

"It was nerve-wracking and horrible. Every first day on set is horrible. It's like the first day of school. Because you know, the crew, the cinematographer, Woody, we're all finding our feet."

Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is among the oldest critics groups in the country. It is made up of members of newspapers, magazines and online publications.

The awards in New York are seen as a bellwether for Hollywood's Oscars, which take place on March 2.

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