Friday, June 21, 2024

L.A. Film Critics Tie “Gravity” and “Her” for Best Picture, plus Dern, Blanchett, Exarchopolous, Cuaron


The LA Film Critics couldn’t make up their minds about much today. Or they wanted lots of winners to come to their dreary awards dinner. They had a tie for Best Picture, Actress, and Supporting Actor. Best Picture went to “Gravity” and “Her.” Each is a Warner Bros. release. So I do give a special LAFCA award to Warner Bros. and Sue Kroll. Mazel tov!

BEST ACTRESS is a tie between Cate Blanchett and Adele Exarchopolous from “Blue is the Warmest Color.” Their second tie today. People don’t even wear ties in Los Angeles. Come on.

BEST ACTOR: LA homeboy Bruce Dern wins Best Actor for “Nebraska.” Chiwetel is runner up. Screenplay award goes to “After Midnight” by Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy. How nice. Ridiculous but nice. “Her” is runner up. Sorry, Spike. So well written.

UPDATE:”Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron gets Best Director. Why not? Spike Jonze is runner up. Steve McQueen was ineligible because they think he’s dead.

They give Best Doc to “Stories We Tell” and runner up to “The Act of Killing.” Latter will win Oscar. Now they’ve gone to lunch because that was exhausting!

The L.A. Film Critics, irrelevant to the last drop, are voting now. So far they’ve picked Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress, and a tie for Best Supporting Actor– Jared Leto from “Dallas Buyers Club” and James Franco for “Springbreakers.” All that and $2.50 will get you on the subway.

Keep updating for more of their choices. Film editing went to “Gravity.” Production design went to “Her.” They love Alexander Payne so maybe “Nebraska” will be their choice. (They’ve given him a lot of awards.) That’s my prediction at 12 noon Pacific time.

They gave best score to “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which is mostly old songs covered by new people. Their runner is Arcade Fire’s “Her.” which is all new. Brilliant.

Last year the LA Film Critics (there are really maybe three who matter) chose “Amour” for Best Picture, Paul Thomas Anderson for Best Director “The Master,” they had a tie (they like ties) for Best Actress- Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour.”

Has anyone in their right mind ever watched “Amour” again since last year’s Oscar race? I hope not.

Best Supporting Actor went to non actor Dwight Henry for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Amy Adams got Best Supporting Actress for “The Master.”

Their other most recent Best Picture winners were “The Descendants” and “The Social Network.” So, good for them.

The annual ceremony is conducted at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City with no press or much of a reception. There’s usually something more interesting go on in town while that’s happening.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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