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‘The Descendants’ Takes Top Prize at LA Critics Awards

'The Descendants' Takes Top Prize at LA Critics Awards

Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” took top honors at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s annual awards. This is the third consecutive Payne film to take the group’s best picture prize, following “About Schmit” and “Sideways.”

The film beat out runner-up “The Tree of Life” for best picture, though that was the only award it won. Terrance Malick took best director, while Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain, Christopher Plummer and – most surprisingly – Yun Jung-Hee took acting honors.

The LA critics offered no prizes – runner-up or otherwise – to Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist,” which has been winner prizes from other groups left and right.

Last year, David Fincher’s “The Social Network” and Olivier Assayas’ “Carlos” both did quite well. Fincher’s film took the prize for best picture, best screenplay, best director (where Fincher tied Assayas), and best score (where Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross tied Alexandre Desplat’s score from “The Ghost Writer”). “Carlos, meanwhile, tied for best director, won best foreign film, and was runner-up for both best picture and best actor (for Edgar Ramirez).

Full list of this year’s announced winners below. Check out a list of all the awards so far this year here.

Best Picture
“The Descendants”
(Runner-up: “The Tree of Life”)

Best Actor
Michael Fassbender, “Shame,” “A Dangerous Method,” “Jane Eyre” and “X-Men: First Class”
(Runner-up: Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter”)

Best Actress
Yun Jung-Hee, “Poetry”
(Runner-up: Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia”)

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
(Runner-up: Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult”)

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, “Coriolanus,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “The Tree of Life”
(Runner-up: Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”)

Best Director
Terrance Malick, “The Tree of Life”
(Runner-up: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”)

Best Screenplay
“A Separation”
(Runner-up: “The Descendants”)

Best Cinematography
“The Tree of Life”
(Runner-up: “City of Life and Death”)

Best Documentary/Non-fiction Film
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
(Runner-up: “The Arbor”)

Best Foreign-Language Film
“City of Life and Death”
(Runner-up: “A Separation”)

Best Animated Film
(Runner-up: “The Adventures of Tintin”)

Best Music/Score
(Runner-up: “Drive”)

Best Production Design
(Runner-up: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”)

New Generation Award: The creative team behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond and Elizabeth Olsen)

Douglas E. Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video:
“Spark of Being”

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