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LA Film Critics Go Electronic… Announce Via Publicist As They Vote

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LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 12, 2010 – “The Social Network” was voted Best Picture of the Year, it was announced today by Brent Simon, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was “Carlos”.

The 36th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards ceremony will be held Saturday, January 15 at the InterContinental, Los Angeles. As previously announced, Paul Mazursky will receive the 2010 Career Achievement Award.

Award winners are:

PICTURE: “The Social Network”

Runner-up: “Carlos”

DIRECTOR: Olivier Assayas, “Carlos,” and David Fincher, “The Social Network” (tie)

ACTOR: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”

Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos”

ACTRESS: Kim Hye-ja, “Mother”

Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Niels Arestrup, “A Prophet”

Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Runner-up: Olivia Williams, “The Ghost Writer”

SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

Runner-up: David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”


Runner-up: “Mother”

ANIMATION: “Toy Story 3”

Runner-up: “The Illusionist”


Runner-up: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Matthew Libatique, “Black Swan”

Runner-up: Roger Deakins, “True Grit”

MUSIC/SCORE: Alexandre Desplat, “The Ghost Writer,” and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “The Social Network” (tie)

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Guy Hendrix Dyas, “Inception”

Runner-up: Eve Stewart, “The King’s Speech”

NEW GENERATION: Lena Dunham, “Tiny Furniture”


LEGACY OF CINEMA AWARDS: Serge Bromberg, “Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno,” and the F.W. Murnau Foundation and Fernando Pena for the restoration of “Metropolis”


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11 Responses to “LA Film Critics Go Electronic… Announce Via Publicist As They Vote”

  1. Rafael says:

    I´m very happy for Jacki Weaver

  2. mutinyco says:

    For a second, I thought that was the Ed Douglas award…

  3. Sarina says:

    “Carlos” won Best Director and almost won Best Picture? Are the L.A. Film Critics aware they’re awarding “movies”, and not TV products?

  4. Peter says:

    Carlos was shown in theaters as well, at least in my city. Great to see that it was recognized.

  5. Thrilled that Kim Hye-ja got noticed for Mother. A nearly-forgotten gem from very early in the year.

  6. johnbritt says:

    Maybe Kim will pick up traction on the way to an Academy nomination. I would be thrilled if that happened. I loved the movie Mother and I think she is definitely deserving of a nomination for Best Actress, even though I am really happy that this could be Natalie Portman’s year.

  7. movieman says:

    …and to think that I thought (at least until the “Black Swan” tsunami started) this was Annette Bening’s year…..
    Silly me.
    Age and beauty over youth and beauty!

  8. Jason S. says:

    Why anyone ever thought (and some still think) this was Bening’s year is beyond me. If she were to win the Oscar instead of Portman, Manville or Jennifer Lawrence,it would be the biggest case of the Academy voting for sentiment over artistry since Al Pacino beat Denzel Washington in 1992.

  9. movieman says:

    Bening’s performances in “Mother and Child” and “The Kids Are All Right” were among the most brilliant of her (somewhat) truncated career.
    And since virtually every meaty (read: “Oscar-y”) role for a 50-plus actress goes to Meryl Streep these days, she probably won’t have many more chances to win her overdue Best Actress prize.
    Portman on the other hand will surely have plenty more opportunities in the future.
    I’m hoping that enough Academy voters feel the same way.

  10. Jason S. says:

    If Bening had won last year (which I think she very well could have)I’d have had no problem with that.
    In a year that gave us Portman in Black Swan, Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine, Lesley Manville in Another Year, Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, Naomi Watts in Fair Game, and Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone, the Academy is going to say to the world that better than every single one of those performances was Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right? Again, sentiment over artistry.

  11. scooterzz says:

    i really think that bening’s inability/unwillingness to do press will kill her chances for the prize…it’s ironic (if not unconscionable) that, while being applauded for her role in a film celebrating diversity, she has managed to appear shameful of the situation keeping her in seclusion…i get that she’s a parent with a perfectly valid right to privacy but the message she’s telegraphing could well discourage voters…..just my opinion…

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