Sunday, December 8, 2013

Gravity and Her win with LA critics

In a deadlocked voting slog that yielded three ties, the LA Film Critics Association finally finished announcing their year-end superlatives, and the conjoint winners of their Best Picture prize are Gravity and Her.

Gravity also nabbed honours for Directing, Cinematography, and Editing (all of them very possible Oscar victories too). Her only managed to win one additional award for Production Design, but was runner-up for Music, Director, and Screenplay.

Speaking of Screenplay, that's my favourite pick of the day, going to Before Midnight, which I'll be rooting for all year long in this category. Another selection that delights me is Ernest & Celestine for Animated Feature. Even though its English translation has not yet been released, the warm and whimsical story of a bear and mouse forming an unlikely friendship still won me over in its native French tongue. Besides, we wouldn't want The Wind Rises hogging all the critics awards, would we?

The other two ties of the came in the Acting races, with Best Supporting Actor going between Jared Leto and James Franco, and Best Actress going between Cate Blanchett and Adele Exarchopoulos.

Full list of winners below.

Best Picture: Gravity AND Her
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity (runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her)
Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska (runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave)
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine AND Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club AND James Franco, Spring Breakers
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave (runner-up: June Squibb, Nebraska)
Best Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Before Midnight (runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her)
Best Foreign Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color (runner-up: The Great Beauty)
Best Animated Feature: Ernest & Celestine (runner-up: The Wind Rises)
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell (runner-up: The Act of Killing)
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity (runner-up: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis)
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger, Gravity (runner-up: Shane Carruth, David Lowery, Upstream Color)
Best Music: T-Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis (runner-up: Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Her)
Best Production Design: K.K. Barrett, Her (Jess Gonchor, Inside Llewyn Davis)
Douglas E. Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: Charlotte Pryce, Cabinet of Wonders
New Generation Award: Megan Ellison

1 comment:

  1. Interesting to see these. Surprised that Her is getting all the praise. My interest in seeing the flick is growing more and more!