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Los Angeles Film Critics Go for ‘Her,’ James Franco, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o and More (FULL LIST OF WINNERS)

Los Angeles Film Critics Go for 'Her,' James Franco, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o and More (FULL LIST OF WINNERS)

At last, after a long Sunday afternoon of contentious voting, the full lists of winners of the Los Film Critics Association awards are in.

LAFCA went defiantly against the grain, awarding a tie for best picture to Spike Jonze’s “Her” (set in their hometown) and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” while Boston and the New York Online critics groups gave top honors to “12 Years a Slave,” director McQueen and Ejiofor. LAFCA’s New Generation award went to intrepid producer and founder of Annapurna Pictures Megan Ellison, who has Oscar juggernauts “Her” and “American Hustle” on the docket this winter.

Critics are standing tall behind Lupita Nyong’o with mentions in all three critics’ awards. “12 Years a Slave” took Best Picture in Boston and from NYFCO. Meanwhile, Jared Leto has picked up mentions across the board in all three critics’ groups, with LA unsurprisingly awarding a best supporting tie to James Franco (“Spring Breakers”) — who LA critics have backed from day one — and Leto.

Judging from wins across the board, there’s no stopping “Gravity” DP Emmanuel Lubezki on his way to the finish line this awards season. Between NYFCO, LA and Boston, critics are singing the sweet sounds of “Inside Llewyn Davis” in unison.

LAFCA broke Ejiofor’s streak — though he is the runner-up — by awarding Bruce Dern best actor for “Nebraska.” This was the most contentious vote among critics, as there was much love split between Dern (at 20 votes), Ejiofor (at 19), Redford and McConaughey, who all came close to making the runoff. And on the best actress side, everybody loves Cate Blanchett.


Best Picture TIE:

“Gravity” and “Her”

Best Foreign Language Fim:

Winner: “Blue Is the Warmest Color”

Runner-up: “The Great Beauty”

Best Actress TIE:

Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) and Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”)

Best Screenplay:

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater (“Before Midnight”)

Runner-up: Spike Jonze (“Her”)

Best Actor:

Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”)

Runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”)

Best Director:

Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”)

Runner-up: Spike Jonze (“Her”)

Best Documentary: 

“Stories We Tell” (Dir. Sarah Polley)

Runner-up: “The Act of Killing” (Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer) 

Best Music:

T-Bone Burnett (“Inside Llewyn Davis”)

Runner-up: Arcade Fire & Owen Pallett (“Her”)

Best Animated Film:

“Ernest & Celestine”

Runner-up: “The Wind Rises”

Best Supporting Actor TIE:

James Franco (“Spring Breakers”) and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”)

Best Production Design:

K.K. Barrett (“Her”)


Jess Gonchor (“Inside Llewyn Davis”)

Best Supporting Actress:

Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”)


June Squibb (“Nebraska”)

Best Editing:

Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger (“Gravity”)


Shane Carruth and David Lowery (“Upstream Color”)

Best Cinematography:

Emmanuel Lubezki (“Gravity”)


Bruno Delbonnel (“Inside Llewyn Davis”)

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: 

“Cabinets Of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce.”

New Generation Award:

Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures

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I think the most curious/odd trend of the critical awards season is Jared Leto's near-dominance. It's a serviceable, affecting performance more notable for the weight loss and styling than it is for actual craft. McConaughey is 10x better in that movie. He also gives a far more interesting performance in Mud.

In fact, I think what bothers me most is the critical group-think. They could spread the love with mentions of Matthew Goode in Stoker, Sam Rockwell in The Way, Way Back, Joel Edgerton in The Great Gatsby, or Jake Gyllenhaal for Prisoners. Those movies may not have been "great", but all of those actors did better than middling/serviceable work. Add Gandolfini, Cooper, Fassbender, Hill, and Abdi to the mix, and it becomes even more odd to see critics fall for a mediocre awards-bait performance.

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