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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association
2011 Awards

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 for A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame 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, The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter, Coriolanus and Texas Killing Fields
Runner-up: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Best Screenplay:
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation (Iran)
Runner-up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Runner-up: Cao Yu, City of Life and Death

Best Production Design:
Dante Ferretti, Hugo
Runner-up: Maria Djurkovic, Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy

Best Music Score:
The Chemical Brothers, Hanna
Runner-up: Cliff Martinez, Drive

Best Foreign Language Film:
City of Life and Death (China), directed by Chuan Lu
Runner-up: A Separation (Iran) directed by Asghar Farhadi

Best Documentary:
Werner Herzog, Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Runner-up: Clio Barnard, The Arbor

Best Animated Feature:
Rango, directed by Gore Verbinski
Runner-up: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn directed by Steven Spielberg

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