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Los Angeles Film Critics Association announce winners; full critics scorecard

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association congregated early on Sunday to determine which films deserve their best of the year honors. What was the most surprising thing about their selection? Probably the fact there was so many ties. Sure, it was a really good year in film, and a lot of films deserve attention, but come on, that’s the whole point of your awards, to give your own personal stamp on a film.

Oh well, here is the full list of winners:

Best Film: Gravity/Her (tie)
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Best Actor: Bruce DernNebraska
Best Actress: Cate BlanchettBlue Jasmine/Adele ExarchopoulosBlue is the Warmest Color (tie)
Best Supporting Actor: Jared LetoDallas Buyers Club/James FrancoSpring Breakers (tie)
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o12 Years a Slave
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Animated Film: Ernest & Celestine
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell
Best Screenplay: Before Midnight
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Editing: Gravity
Best Production Design: Her
Best Music Score: Inside Llewyn Davis

Los Angeles is just the latest critics group to announce since the New York Film Critics Circle got the ball rolling last week, followed by the National Board of Review and the Boston Online Film Critics Association. The New York Film Critics Online and Boston Society of Film Critics also announced their winners on Sunday. Click the links to see their full list of winners.

All total, 6 groups have given their opinions and perhaps the best thing about it is the total lack of uniformity. Some see these awards as checkpoints for where the Oscar race stands, but they forgetting one little thing… the critics have no say in the Oscars! So it’s great to see them spread the love and stir the conversation rather than try and push one film.

Four different films have been dubbed best of the year including “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity,” “American Hustle,” and “Her.” Also, three different directors and lead actors have been honored and not a single group has come up with the same screenplay winner.

So often the critic’s group start to repeat each other that it gets boring, but 2013 is proving to be anything but predictable. Here is how the things work out for all the films honored thus far (top tens and special awards included):

12 Years a Slave – 16
Gravity – 10
Blue is the Warmest Color – 7
Inside Llewyn Davis – 7
Fruitvale Station – 6
Nebraska - 6
Blue Jasmine – 5
Dallas Buyers Club – 5
Her – 5
The Wind Rises – 5
The Act of Killing – 4
American Hustle – 4
Before Midnight – 3
Stories We Tell – 3
The Wolf of Wall Street – 3
Enough Said – 2
Prisoners - 2
Saving Mr. Banks – 2
The Spectacular Now – 2
Spring Breakers – 2
Wadjda – 2
20 Feet From Stardom – 1
After Tiller – 1
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – 1
All is Lost – 1
Beyond the Hills – 1
Casting By – 1
Ernest & Celestine – 1
Frozen – 1
Gloria – 1
The Grandmaster – 1
A Hijacking – 1
The Hunt – 1
In a World – 1
Lone Survivor – 1
Mother of George – 1
Much Ado About Nothing – 1
Mud – 1
The Past – 1
The Place Beyond the Pines – 1
Rush – 1
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – 1
Short Term 12 – 1
Sightseers – 1
The Square – 1
The World’s End – 1

I’ll update this list as the season goes on, but be sure to also check out the 5 things we learned from the critics thus far.


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