Sunday, December 11, 2011

L.A. Film Critics Choose The Descendants as Best Film

The Descendants

Doris Day
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced their 37th Annual Awards for what they consider the best of 2011. Doris Day will receive the Career Achievement Award, and

David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001) will receive the best film of the decade award. The actual awards will be presented at a dinner in January.

The Descendants, a drama directed by Alexander Payne about a family in Hawaii undergoing a crisis, was named best film of the year. The Fox Searchlight release prevailed over another Searchlight release, The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick, which was runner-up, and Malick was named best director for Tree. Martin Scorsese, earned runner-up status for directing Hugo, but Rango was awarded the best animated film prize.
 
The best actress award went to South Korean actress Yun Jung-Hee, who portrays a woman confronting Alzheimer's in Poetry. Michael Fassbender was named best actor for his four films: Shame, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre and X-Men: First Class.

Likewise, Jessica Chastain was named best supporting actress for the six films in which she appeared this year:
The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter, Coriolanus and Texas Killing Fields.

Christopher Plummer was named best supporting actor for his turn as a widower, who in Focus Film's
Beginners admits late in life that he is a homosexual.


A Separation, the Iranian submission for the best foreign-language Oscar, earned the screenplay award for Asghar Farhadi, who also directed the film. In the Los Angeles Film Critic's foreign film category, though, A Separation was runner-up. That category award went to Lu Chaun's City of Life and Death. See the previous post (Monday, December 05) for more about A Separation and Farhadi.

The cinematography award went to Emmanuel Lubeski for Terrence Malick's almost otherworldly
The Tree of Life, released by Fox Searchlight. The Chemical Brother's score for the thriller Hanna was named best score.

In Werner Herzog's
Cave of Forgotten Dreams, the director's 3D study looks at prehistoric cave paintings in the real caves, and it was chosen best documentary.

Here are the most popular awards with runners-up:

BEST PICTURE
Winner: 
The Descendants
Runner-Up:
The Tree of Life

BEST ANIMATION
Winner:
Rango
Runner-Up:
The Adventures of Tintin

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

BEST ACTOR
Winner: Michael Fassbender. See above for four films.

Runner-Up: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

BEST ACTRESS
Winner: Yun Jung-Hee,
Poetry
Runner-Up: Kirsten Dunst,
Melancholia

BEST INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL
Winner:
Spark of Being

BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION
Winner:
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Runner- Up:
The Arbor

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner: Christopher Plummer,
Beginners
Runner-Up: Patton Oswalt,
Young Adult

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner: Jessica Chastain. See six films above.
Runner-Up: Janet McTeer,
Albert Nobbs

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki,
The Tree of Life
Runner-Up: Cao Yu,
City of Life and Death

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

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

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LAFCA Official Web Site.   

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2 comments:

  1. What an awesome film maybe the best I've ever seen in my whole life!

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  2. Thank you! You didn't specify, but I assume you were talking about 'The Descendants'. I haven't commented on it yet, because I have not seen it yet. It's in my Netflix queue with a very long wait notice. Please do me a favor. On my blog, please submit your e-mail address and let's see if it works. If it does, I'll let you know, and I'll personally notify you when I post about the movie along with the others nominated for Best Feature Motion Picture of 2011. Best wishes.

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Thank you for commenting! Mimi