The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) announced the winners of their 46th annual awards on Sunday (Dec. 20). These California-based reviewers are the second major critics group to reveal their list of winners, as their New York counterparts went first on Friday (Dec. 18). While the Gotham critics named the indie flick “First Cow” as Best Picture, the west coasters opted to award their top prize to a TV series: “Small Axe,” a 5-part anthology series that streamed on Amazon.
As with the New York Film Critics Circle, these awards followed the calendar year ending December 31, and not the extended eligibility calendar for the Oscars that runs till February 28. So LAFCA didn’t consider films that are coming out in the next two months including “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” “Falling,” “French Exit,” “Joe Bell,” “The Little Things,” “The Mauritanian,” “Pieces of a Woman,” “Supernova,” “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” and “The White Tiger.” Keep that in mind when making or updating your 2021 Oscar predictions.
Last year LAFCA previewed the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards when it went with “Parasite.” Prior to that the L.A. critics had lined up with the Oscars in both 2016 and 2017, when they foretold the upsets by “Spotlight” and “Moonlight” over frontrunners “The Revenant” and “La La Land,” respectively. In 2018, the Los Angeles crowd went for “Roma,” while the academy favored “Green Book.”
The group has only correctly predicted the eventual Academy Award champ eight other years: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1976), “Rocky” (1977), “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1980), “Terms of Endearment” (1984), “Amadeus” (1985), “Unforgiven” (1993), “Schindler’s List” (1994) and “The Hurt Locker” (2010). So while these kudos may give a contender a major boost, they’re not exactly an accurate barometer when it comes to winning your office Oscar pool.
Like the New York Film Critics Circle, the members of the LAFCA met for a marathon voting session that led to multiple ballots for each race. Below, the full list of Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards winners for 2020, and the runners-up in each race.
Runner up: “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
Runner up: Steve McQueen, “Small Axe” (Prime Video)
Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
Runner up: Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
Runner up: Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Glynn Turman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
Runner up: Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Yuh-jung Youn, “Minari” (A24)
Runner up: Amanda Seyfried, “Mank” (Netflix)
“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) – Emerald Fennell
Runner up: “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus Features) – Eliza Hittman
“Small Axe” (Prime Video) – Shabier Kirchner
Runner up: “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) – Joshua James Richards
BEST FILM EDITING
“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics) – Yorgos Lamprinos
Runner up: “Time” (Amazon Studios) – Gabriel Rhodes
“Soul” (Pixar) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Runner up: “Lovers Rock” (Prime Video) – Mica Levi
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Mank” (Netflix) – Donald Graham Burt
Runner up: “Beanpole” (Kino Lorber) – Sergey Ivanov
BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Wolfwalkers” (Apple TV Plus/GKIDS)
Runner up: “Soul” (Pixar)
“Time” (Amazon Studios)
Runner up: “Collective” (Magnolia Pictures and Participant)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Runner up: “Martin Eden”
Radha Blank, “The 40-Year-Old Version”
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