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'Amour,' 'The Master' Lead LA Film Critics Association Awards

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association have announced their annual awards, breaking with the "Zero Dark Thirty" consensus of every other critics group thus far and giving its top awards to Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."

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"Amour" won top honors as best picture, and also tied in the best actress race as Emmanuelle Riva and "Silver Linings Playbook" star Jennifer Lawrence received the same amount of votes (though it oddly lost best foreign film to "Holy Motors"). "The Master," meanwhile, took four honors: best director, best actor, best supporting actress and best production design. It was also runner-up in the best picture, best cinematography and best music/score categories.

Other major winers included Dwight Henry, who surprised many for taking the best supporting actor prize for "Beasts of the Southern Wild." That film also beat out "The Master" in the best music/score category.

Full list of announced winners:

Best Picture
"Amour"
(Runner-up: "The Master")

Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
(Runner-up: Denis Lavant, "Holy Motors")

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook" and Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour" (tie)

Best Supporting Actor
Dwight Henry, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
(Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained")

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, "The Master"
(Runner-up: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables" and "The Dark Knight Rises")

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
(Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty")

Best Screenplay
Chris Terrio, "Argo"
(Runner-up: David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook")

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins, "Skyfall"
(Runner-up: Mihai Malaimare Jr., "The Master")

Best Editing
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, "Zero Dark Thirty"
(Runner-up: William Goldenberg, "Argo")

Best Documentary/Non-fiction Film
"The Gatekeepers"
(Runner-up: "Searching For Sugar Man")

Best Foreign-Language Film
"Holy Motors"
(Runner-up: "Footnote")

Best Animated Film
"Frankenweenie"
(Runner-up: "It's Such a Beautiful Day")

Best Music/Score
Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
(Runner-up: Jonny Greenwood, "The Master")

Best Production Design
David Crank and Jack Fisk, "The Master."
(Runner-up: Adam Stockhausen, "Moonrise Kingdom")

New Generation Award: TBA

Douglas E. Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video:
"Leviathan"

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  • grainofsalt | December 9, 2012 6:57 PMReply

    L.A.'s critic's choicest are unsurprising. The industry votes to award itself. Frankenweenie? I'll have to be sure to catch that one. Along with Tim Burton 's next. And I guess Anderson must be the genius that everyone was saying he was.

  • Grainofsarcasm | December 9, 2012 8:13 PM

    Yeah he really is an astonishing auteur. Considering he hardly received any higher academic education is even more impressive.

  • Michael M. | December 9, 2012 6:36 PMReply

    How amusing, that when an independent feature is awarded any sign of recognition, the entire indiewire journalist refuse to commemorate or praise the film's triumphant acknowledgement. Conformists much? Oh well. Like they say “Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it." Congratulations Phoenix and Anderson, your collaboration earned it.

  • dan | December 9, 2012 6:19 PMReply

    I thought "Footnote" was released last year?

  • Corvo | December 9, 2012 6:04 PMReply

    Thank you LAFCA for saving the Oscar race! Enough with ZD30!

  • BLOB | December 9, 2012 6:03 PMReply

    This is hands down THE best list so far. Congratulations, Los Angeles. At least there was a critics's group that paid attention to the good stuff this year.

  • serpico | December 9, 2012 5:39 PMReply

    About fricken time Phoenix wins somewhere. I was beginning to think they forgot about him.

  • Best | December 9, 2012 5:25 PMReply

    The best selection so far.

  • gerard kennelly | December 9, 2012 5:19 PMReply

    last years winners ...

    Los Angeles Film Critics Awards 2011

    Best Actor
    Shame: Michael Fassbender

    Best Actress
    Poetry: Jeong-hie Yun

    Best Supporting Actor
    Beginners: Christopher Plummer

    Best Supporting Actress
    Coriolanus: Jessica Chastain

  • gerard kennelly | December 9, 2012 5:18 PMReply

    great selection so far ....

    Best Actor
    Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

    Best Actress
    TBA

    Best Supporting Actor
    Dwight Henry, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

    Best Supporting Actress
    Amy Adams, "The Master"