Dec 102012


LA has given some love to critically acclaimed The Master, with the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awarding Paul Thomas Anderson best director, Amy Adams best supporting actress, and best actor to Joaquin Phoenix. Surprisingly the film didn’t win best picture, which went to Michael Haneke’s gut-wrenching Amour. My favourite film of 2012, Holy Motors was awarded best foreign film – it is unlikely to get any Oscar love so I will enjoy this moment. While Zero Dark Thirty has won quite a few awards, it was largely shut out by the LAFCA, only receiving one award for best editing.

Best supporting actor was awarded somewhat surprisingly to Dwight Henry for his role in Beasts of the Southern Wild. The film also picked up best original score (beating out Jonny Greenwood for The Master), and director Benh Zeitlin was awarded the new generation award.

While he didn’t win, I was very pleased to see Denis Lavant named runner-up in the best actor category for his phenomenal performance in Holy Motors. Phoenix and Lavant give the best leading performances that I’ve seen this year (so far), so I think the LAFCA nailed that category.

Roger Deakins rightfully took out the best cinematography award for his amazing work on Skyfall. Those night scenes in Shanghai rank among my favourite scenes this year – simply stunning work.

Full list of winners below:

NEW GENERATION AWARD:Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild


Runner-up:The Master

BEST DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTRESS: TIE – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook and Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

BEST ACTOR: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Runner-up: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

Runner-up: Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises & Les Miserables

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

BEST SCREENPLAY: Chris Terrio, Argo
Runner-up: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST EDITING: Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty
Runner-up: William Goldenberg, Argo

BEST ANIMATION: Frankenweenie
Runner-up: It’s Such A Beautiful Day

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins, Skyfall
Runner-up: Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master

Runner-up: Searching For Sugar Man

BEST MUSIC SCORE: Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner-up: Jonny Greenwood, The Master

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: David Crank and Jack Fisk, The Master
Runner-up: Adam Stockhausen, “Moonrise Kingdom