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Las Vegas Film Critics Award ‘Life of Pi’

Las Vegas Film Critics Award 'Life of Pi'

With one critics group after another falling for “Zero Dark Thirty” (five different Best Picture awards from critics groups and counting), my awards posts were starting to sound like a broken record of a guy just reciting a bunch of numbers. The Las Vegas Film Critics Society, though, are clearly a bunch of hearty iconoclasts (let’s not stoop to calling them gamblers. We’re better than that). They went with a different best film of 2012: Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” which they also gave five additional awards including Best Director (Ang Lee), Best Cinematography (Claudio Miranda), Best Score (Mychael Danna), Best Visual Effects (They Didn’t Include a Name), and a “Youth in Film” prize for the film’s star, Suraj Sharma.

The LVFCS’ acting categories yieled less surprises, with awards season favorites from “Lincoln” Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones all receiving nods along with Jennifer Lawrence for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” “Zero Dark Thirty” won just a single award from the Las Vegas critics, for Best Editing.

Here’s there full list of winners:

Best Picture: “Life of Pi”

Best Director: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”

Best Screenplay: Rian Johnson, “Looper”

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

Best Visual Effects: “Life of Pi”

Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi”

Best Editing: “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Documentary: “Bully”

Best Animated Film: “ParaNorman”

Best Foreign Film: “Amour”

Best Score: Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”
Best Song: “Skyfall”
Best Costume Design: Jaqueline Durran, “Anna Karenina”

Best Art Direction: Alex Cameron, “Prometheus”
Youth in Film: Suraj Sharma, “Life of Pi”
Best DVD: “Hitchcock: Masterpiece Collection”
William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan Arkin

Does a William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award go to an actor for a lifetime of behaving like William Holden? I’m not entirely sure.

According to their press release, the LVFCS was founded in 1997, and “is currently comprised of 19 members of the journalistic community in the Las Vegas, NV and Reno, NV areas.” If you want to see the full more on the awards, go to

Other 2012 Critics Awards (Best Film Pick in Parenthesis)

Sight & Sound (“The Master”)

New York Film Critics Circle (“Zero Dark Thirty”)

Boston Online Film Critics Association (“Zero Dark Thirty”)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association (“Amour”)

Boston Society of Film Critics (“Zero Dark Thirty”)

New York Film Critics Online (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (“Zero Dark Thirty”)

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I used to be on the press list for screenings when I lived in Las Vegas for a few years. Not to be incredibly harsh, yet to also provide valid insight into this story, I wouldn't call LVFCS the most reliable group of film experts. This particular society tends to favor flashiness over other attributes in film. Therefore, Life of Pi as a winner does not surprise me. Once more, not intended to be a "flaming" remark, but rather just an honest observation I made.

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