Official Los Angeles Film Critics Association predictions 2019: We’re betting on ‘Parasite,’ Adam Driver, Renee Zellweger …

Parasite” is poised to win top honors at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, which will be announced this Sunday, December 8. That’s according to the combined predictions of Gold Derby users who have made their forecasts here in our predictions center. Aniticipating the fickle critics prizes from year to year is always tricky (the New York Film Critics Circle defied our expectations in many categories earlier this week), but this wouldn’t be the first time LAFCA looked beyond our borders for their favorite film. Scroll down to see our complete predictions.

LA critics have often been more internationally minded, picking foreign-language titles for Best Picture four times since 2000: Taiwan’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), the Japanese-language American film “Letters from Iwo Jima” (2006), the French-language Austrian film “Amour” (2012) and Mexico’s “Roma” (2018). They often go overseas for their acting winners too, picking overseas stars like Yolande Moreau (“Seraphine”), Kim Hye-ja (“Mother”), Yoon Jeong-hee (“Poetry”), Adèle Exarchopoulos (“Blue is the Warmest Color”) and Isabelle Huppert (“Elle” and “Things to Come”) in the last 10 years, and that’s just in their Best Actress race.

Elsewhere, we’re betting on a Best Actor victory for Adam Driver (“Marriage Story“). West coast journos have already shown their fondness for him, awarding him Best Actor in 2016 for the more under-the-radar indie “Paterson.” Renee Zellweger (“Judy“) is the front-runner for Best Actress for her role as troubled superstar Judy Garland; that would be her first prize from LAFCA.

Supporting awards are expected to go to Laura Dern (“Marriage Story,” perhaps jointly with “Little Women”), who was just awarded by NYFCC, and Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”). That would be the first LAFCA acting victory for Pitt, while Dern previously won their New Generation Award back in 1985 for her performances in “Mask” and “Smooth Talk.”

Do you think our predictions are right on the money, or will the LA critics surprise us as much as the New Yorkers did? Make or update your own predictions here before this weekend’s announcement.

BEST PICTURE
“Parasite” — 19/10

Dark Horses: “Marriage Story” (4/1), “The Irishman” (6/1), “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (8/1)

BEST DIRECTOR
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite” — 46/25

Dark Horses: Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman” (9/2); Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (5/1); Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story” (14/1)

BEST ACTOR
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story” — 41/20

Dark Horses: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” (19/5); Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory” (4/1); Adam Sandler, “Uncut Gems” (18/1)

BEST ACTRESS
Renee Zellweger, “Judy” — 57/20

Dark Horses: Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story” (39/10); Elisabeth Moss, “Her Smell” (13/2); Awkwafina, “The Farewell” (15/2)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — 12/5

Dark Horses: Willem Dafoe, “The Lighthouse” (39/10); Song Kang-ho, “Parasite” (7/1); Joe Pesci, “The Irishman” (13/1)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story” — 9/4

Watch Out For: Zhao Shuzhen, “The Farewell” (18/5); Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers” (5/1); Annette Bening, “The Report” (20/1)

BEST SCREENPLAY
“Marriage Story” — 39/20

Dark Horses: “Parasite” (7/2); “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (4/1); “The Farewell” (30/1)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Toy Story 4” — 5/2

Dark Horses: “Weathering with You” (82/25); “I Lost My Body” (7/1); “Fozen II” (7/1)

Be sure to make your Oscar nominee predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on January 13. And join in the fun debate over the 2020 Academy Awards taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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