The Los Angeles Film Critics Association will announce the winners of their 45th annual awards on Sunday (Dec. 8). These California-based reviewers are the second major critics group to reveal their list of winners, as their New York counterparts went first on Wednesday (Dec. 4). Keep checking back here for a list of winners, updating live today as they’re announced.
The last time that LAFCA previewed the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards was in 2015 and 2016, when they called the surprise victories for “Spotlight” and “Moonlight” over Oscar favorites “The Revenant” and “La La Land,” respectively. Last year, on the other hand, the Los Angeles cinephiles went for “Roma,” while the Academy was more awed by “Green Book.”
In fact, the group has only correctly predicted the eventual Academy Award victor eight additional times: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “Rocky” (1976), “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), “Terms of Endearment” (1983), “Amadeus” (1984), “Unforgiven” (1992), “Schindler’s List” (1993) and “The Hurt Locker” (2009). So while they may give a contender a major boost, they’re not exactly an accurate barometer when it comes to winner your office Oscar pool.
Like the New York Film Critics Circle, the members of the LAFCA meet for a marathon voting session that can lead to multiple ballots for each race. So don’t be surprised if they take a nice long break for lunch right in the middle of voting, leaving us all waiting with baited breath.
The first award given out was Best Cinematography for Claire Mathon for her work on both “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” and “Atlantics.” Mathon just won this prize at the New York Film Critics Circle for “Portrait.” Roger Deakins is the runner-up for “1917,” and he’s widely expected to pull a repeat victory at the Oscars after snagging his career-first victory for “Blade Runner 2049” (2017).
Up next was Best Music/Score, with the prize going to Dan Levy for “I Lost My Body.” The runner-up was Thomas Newman for “1917,” who could snag his 15th career Oscar nomination for the film (and quite possibly a first win).
The first acting award was given out to Song Kang Ho, who won Best Supporting Actor for “Parasite.” Joe Pesci, who received this prize from the New York Film Critics Circle, was the runner-up for “The Irishman.”
Netflix’s “I Lost My Body” won the award for Best Animated Feature, it’s second victory of the day. Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” the odd-on front-runner for the Oscar, was the runner-up.
Up next was Best Actor, with Antonio Banderas prevailing for Pedro Almodovar‘s semi-autobiographical “Pain and Glory.” It’s his second Best Actor victory thus far, having already claimed the NYFCC prize. Runner-up was Adam Driver for “Marriage Story.”
The award for Best Production Design went to Barbara Ling for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Ling is currently expected to win her first Oscar for the Quentin Tarantino film, which meticulously recreates 1969 Tinseltown. Ha Jun Lee was runner-up for “Parasite.”
Best Editing went to Todd Douglas Miller for the NASA documentary “Apollo 11,” cut together from stunningly-restored archival footage. Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie, who just received Critics Choice bids, were the runners-up for “Uncut Gems.” It’s been a good morning for Safdie, who also reaped a Best Director bid at Critics Choice alongside his brother, Josh Safdie, after winning that prize at NYFCC. The two also won the National Board of Review prize for Best Screenplay with co-writer Bronstein.
After a quick lunch break, the group returned to bestow Jennifer Lopez with their Best Supporting Actress prize for “Hustlers.” It’s the first major award she’s picked up so far this season. Runner-up is “The Farewell” breakout star Zhao Shuzhen.
Up next was Best Screenplay, which went to Oscar-frontrunner Noah Baumbach for “Marriage Story.” Bong Joon Ho and Han Jim Won were runners-up for “Parasite.” Both scripts just earned Critics Choice bids in their Best Original Screenplay category.
The Best Documentary prize went to Netflix’s “American Factory.” Runner-up with “Apollo 11,” which earlier took home the award for film editing.
Mary Kay Place took home the Best Actress prize for “Diane,” a role that has earned her nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Gothams. Runner-up was Lupita Nyong’o, who just won the NYFCC prize as Best Actress for “Us.”
The Best Director prize went to Bong Joon Ho, who’s widely expected to crack the Oscar lineup for “Parasite.” Martin Scorsese was runner-up for “The Irishman.” He previously won this prize from the group for “GoodFellas” and placed second for “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Aviator” and “Hugo.”
Joon Ho’s class satire “Parasite” took home the group’s Best Picture prize. “The Irishman,” which won similar honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review, placed as runner-up.
Finally, Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” took the Best Foreign Language Film prize, with Celine Sciamma‘s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” claiming the runner-up spot. Both films won multiple awards today, with Almodovar’s winning Best Actor for Antonio Banderas and Sciamma’s taking Best Cinematography.
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