The LA Film Critics Embrace French Love

amour-poster2The LA Film Critics went super art house with their choices for the Best of 2012 this year honoring the French drama Amour with Best Picture. The incredibly difficult film to watch features a great performance from lead actress Emmanuelle Riva which propelled her into a tie for Best Actress with one of this year’s Oscar front-runners Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook). The other big winner was the atrocious and self-important Paul Thomas Anderson film, The Master, which took home Director, Actor (Joaquin Phoenix… really? ugh), Supporting Actress (Amy Adams... ok, I’ll accept that) and Production Design (um, did they not see The Hobbit, Anna Karenina, Les Mis, or Lincoln?)… Winning Best Supporting Actor was newcomer Dwight Henry for Beasts of the Southern Wild which also took home Best Score. The screenplay award went to Argo. Head to the LA Film critics site here for more info on their awards which have a VERY spotty record in terms of forecasting Oscar winners (They only got Christopher Plummer for Supporting Actor right of the big 8 categories last year). Then, check out all the winners below.

2012 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners~

BEST PICTURE
“Amour”
Runner-up: “The Master”

BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”)
Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”)

BEST ACTOR
Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”)
Runner-up: Denis Lavant (“Holy Motors”)

BEST ACTRESS
TIE~ Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) & Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”)

BEST MUSIC/SCORE
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”)
Runner-up: Johnny Greenwood (“The Master”)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“Holy Motors”
Runner-up: “Footnote”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Frankenweenie”
Runner-up: “It’s Such a Beautiful Day”

BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION FILM
“The Gatekeepers”
Runner-up: “Searching for Sugar Man”

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 (“The Dark Knight Rises”; “Les Miserables”)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio (“Argo”)
Runner-up: David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”)

BEST EDITING
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
William Goldenberg (“Argo”)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins (“Skyfall”)
Runner-up: Mihai Malaimare Jr. (“The Master”)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
“The Master”
Runner-up: “Moonrise Kingdom”

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