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Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: SKYFALL, Amy Adams

Amy Adams The MasterAmy Adams is Best Supporting Actress: Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

[See previous post: "Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: Surprises Galore."] Anne Hathaway may be getting all the Best Supporting Actress Oscar / Golden Globe / SAG Award buzz for Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables (with the assistance of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises), but the L.A. Critics’ choice was Amy Adams for The Master (but no mention of Adams’ performances in either Trouble with the Curve or On the Road). Hathaway was the runner up for both Les Misérables and TDKR. (Photo: Amy Adams The Master.)

Another major surprise: the Best Supporting Actor was New Orleans baker-turned-indie actor Dwight Henry for Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. The runner-up was Christoph Waltz for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Beasts of the Southern Wild also earned Zeitlin and Dan Romer the Best Music Score citation. The runner-up in that category was Jonny Greenwood for The Master, which won Best Production Design for David Crank and veteran Jack Fisk (Badlands, Days of Heaven). The runner-up in that category was Adam Stockhausen for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

The Best Documentary was Dror Moreh’s The Gatekeepers, about the bloody history and tactics of Israel’s security agency Shin Bet. The runner-up was Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man, about two South Africans trying to find ’70s rocker Rodriguez.

Skyfall becomes first James Bond movie to win LAFCA Best Cinematography Award

Veteran Roger Deakins won for Best Cinematography for the James Bond blockbuster Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig. Skyfall, I should add, is the first Bond movie to win in that category (possibly in any category), though Deakins has won twice before: Baton Fink and Homicide in 1991, and The Man Who Wasn’t There in 2001. Here’s wondering if Deakins will win again in either 2021 or 2022. This year’s runner-up was Mihai Malaimare Jr. for The Master.

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie may have been a box office disappointment, but it has been a hit with critics groups. Following its NYFCC victory, the tale about a boy and his attempts to resurrect his dead dog won the LAFCA’s Best Animation Award as well. The runner-up was Don Hertzfeldt’s 23-minute short It’s Such a Beautiful Day.

The winner of the Los Angeles Critics’ first Best Editing Award were Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg for the thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Goldenberg beat himself: he was the runner-up for another thriller pitting the U.S. government against radical Muslims, Argo.

And finally, documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies) was named this year’s Career Award recipient; the New Generation Award went to Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild; and the Douglas Edwards Experimental / Independent Film / Video Award was given to Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel’s documentary Leviathan, about the commercial fishing industry in the North Atlantic, and described by distributor Cinema Guild as a "cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors, unlike anything you’ve seen."

Amy Adams The Master photo: The Weinstein Company.

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