Sunday, 9 December 2012


Best Picture
1.     Amour
2.        The Master
Best Director
1.     Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
2.        Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Best Actor
1.     Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
2.        Denis Lavant (Holy Motors)
Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
Best Supporting Actor
1.     Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
2.        Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Best Supporting Actress
1.     Amy Adams (The Master)
2.        Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises / Les Misérables)
Best Screenplay
1.     Chris Terrio (Argo)
2.        David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Cinematography
1.     Roger Deakins (Skyfall)
2.        Mihai Malaimare Jr. (The Master)
Best Editing
1.     William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor (Zero Dark Thirty)
2.        William Goldenberg (Argo)
Best Production Design
1.     David Crank and Jack Fisk (The Master)
2.        Adam Stockhausen (Moonrise Kingdom)
Best Music Score
1.     Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
2.        Jonny Greenwood (The Master)
Best Animation
1.     Frankenweenie
2.        It’s Such a Beautiful Day
Best Documentary
1.     The Gatekeepers
2.        Searching for Sugar Man
Best Foreign Language Film
   1.  Holy Motors
   2.  Footnote
New Generation Award
Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Douglas Edwards Experimental / Independent Film / Video Award

Completely all over the map, this selection from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has its glorious highs and its ridiculous lows. On the good side, some proper love (at last) for The Master, and a Best Picture win for Amour that's sure to please many. Roger Deakins' win is a great choice too. On the bad side, Silver Linings Playbook reaps a couple of unearned mentions. And Zero Dark Thirty's train slows up a little, although only a little - today's other two critics' groups both went all in for Bigelow's film, and the film's in little to no danger of losing its frontrunner status just yet. Holy Motors showings are encouraging, particularly Denis Lavant for Best Actor (Amour likely didn't poll much in Foreign Language Film, having already won Best Picture by that stage; I expect they wanted to name two separate films to be generous).