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“The Descendants” takes Los Angeles Film Critics

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Los Angeles Film Critics’ Association are revealing their year-end selections Sunday afternoon, handing out Best Picture honors to Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.” The director has had a ton of success with the LAFCA over the years, so the win comes with little surprise. At least it wasn’t a clean sweep for “The Artist,” which picked up wins in Boston and New York on Sunday. Is this year’s Best Picture race a two-horser?

Elsewhere, Best Supporting Actress recognition went to Jessica Chastain, who has had an incredibly impressive year (though she’ll have to pick one film to back in the Oscar race, as the Academy recognizes quality over quantity).

The group went off the board, naming Yun Jung-hee Best Actress for “Poetry.” (Um, OK?)

Christopher Plummer also earned a Best Supporting Actor (for “Beginners”), while “A Separation” was a surprise choice for Best Screenplay.

Here are the winners:

BEST PICTURE: “The Descendants.” Runner-Up: “The Tree of Life.”

BEST DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life.” Runner-Up: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo.”

BEST ACTOR: Michael Fassbender, “A Dangerous Method,” “Jane Eyre,” “Shame,” “X-Men: First Class.” Runner-Up: Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter.”

BEST ACTRESS: Yun Jung-hee, “Poetry.”

BEST ANIMATION: “Rango.” Runner-Up: “The Adventures of Tintin.”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “City of Life and Death.” Runner-Up: “A Separation.”


BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” Runner- Up, “The Arbor.”

BEST SCREENPLAY: Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation.” Runner-Up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain, “Coriolanus,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “Tree of Life” Runner-Up: Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.” Runner-Up: Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult.”

BEST MUSIC/SCORE: The Chemical Brothers, “Hanna.” Runner-Up: Cliff Martinez, “Drive.”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dante Ferretti, “Hugo.” Runner-Up: Maria Djurkovic, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life.”

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

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • December 11, 2011 | Permalink |

    What’s with that “okay?” by Yun Jung-hie? She was brilliant and was expected to win here considering their recent string of winners in the category and Turan’s high praise.

  • December 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    Brilliant, yes. But “expected” to win? I’d argue that the pick was largely out of left field, and the win a definite surprise.

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