The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), which has been around since the early '70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of 2013 winners and runners-up. Although there were a handful of offbeat choices, what's most surprising is how mainstream were most of the Los Angeles Film Critics' picks this year – Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity was the top film, with a total of four wins – and that there were no less than three ties, including one for Best Picture: Gravity and Spike Jonze's Her. See below. (See also: Full list of Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners.)
Best Picture (tie): Gravity and Her.
Best Foreign-Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche.
Runner-up: The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley
Runner-up: The Act of Killing, directed by Anonymous, Christine Cynn and Joshua Oppenheimer.
Best Animated Film: Ernest & Celestine, directed by Stéphane Aubier, Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar.
Runner-up: The Wind Rises, directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity.
Runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her.
Best Actress (tie): Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, directed by Woody Allen; Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color.
Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne.
Runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen.
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave.
Runner-up: June Squibb, Nebraska.
Best Supporting Actor (tie): James Franco, Spring Breakers, directed by Harmony Korine; Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
Best Scr.: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight, directed by Richard Linklater.
Runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her.
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity.
Runner-up: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity.
Runner-up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery, Upstream Color, directed by Shane Carruth.
Best Music Score: T-Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis
Runner-up: Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett, Her.
Best Production Design: K.K. Barrett, Her.
Runner-up: Jess Gonchor, Inside Llewyn Davis.
New Generation Award: Producer Megan Ellison (2013 credits include American Hustle, Her).
Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: Cabinets of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce.
Special Citation: Creative team of 12 Years a Slave.
Legacy of Cinema: The Criterion Collection.
2013 Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: Mostly way off the mark predictions
Note: The section below was posted on Saturday, December 7, the day before the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) announced their winners. As so often happens, our predictions were for the most part way off the mark.
December 7, 2013: Don't be too surprised if the following – mostly going out on a limb here – come out on top:
Best Production Design Andy Nicholson for Gravity, Best Editing Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger for Gravity, Best Cinematography Bruno Delbonnel for Inside Llewyn Davis, Best Animated Feature The Wind Rises, Best Documentary Stories We Tell, Best Actress Adèle Exarchopoulos for Blue Is the Warmest Color (imagine this particular Cannes-style tie: Beyond the Hills' Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur), and Best Actor Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis (or Mads Mikkelsen for The Hunt?).
More: Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave (or Amy Adams or Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle and, in the case of Amy Adams, also for Her?), Best Supporting Actor Paul Dano for Prisoners (or Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club?), Best Screenplay Jeff Nichols for Mud (or Spike Jonze for Her?), Best Directors Joel and Ethan Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis (or Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave?), Best Foreign Language Film The Past (or Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color?), Best Film Inside Llewyn Davis or 12 Years a Slave.
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: Possibilities big and small
And finally, in case I got their Los Angeles release dates correctly, here's an absurdly long – though hardly complete – list of strong and not-so-strong possibilities (update: This late in the game, what could have been):
- Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is the Warmest Color;
- Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis;
- Alfonso Cuarón, Sandra Bullock, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, editors Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, production designer Andy Nicholson, Gravity;
- Judi Dench for Stephen Frears' Philomena;
- Tobias Lindholm's A Hijacking;
- Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Cristian Mungiu, Beyond the Hills;
- Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Vinterberg, The Hunt;
- Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street;
- Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Asghar Farhadi, The Past;
- Leonardo DiCaprio (if so, in conjunction with The Wolf of Wall Street), Carey Mulligan (if so, with Inside Llewyn Davis), production designer Catherine Martin for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby;
- Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Alexander Payne, Nebraska;
- Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, for John Well's August: Osage County;
- Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, David O. Russell, American Hustle;
- Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo, Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners;
- Michel Bouquet for Gilles Bourdo's Renoir;
- Maribel Verdu, Pablo Berger, Blancanieves;
- Greta Gerwig for Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha;
- Matthew McConaughey in Jeff Nichol's Mud;
- Robert Redford for J.C. Chandor's All Is Lost (and perhaps The Company You Keep);
- Matthew McConaughey for Jean-Marc Vallée's Dallas Buyers Club;
- Tom Hanks, Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips;
- Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson for John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks;
- Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station;
- Idris Elba in Justin Chadwick's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom;
- Ben Stiller for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty;
- Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Spike Jonze, Her;
- Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave;
- Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish, Christine Cynn and Joshua Oppenheimer's Act of Killing in the Best Documentary category;
- Haifaa Al-Mansour's Wadjda;
- Lee Daniels, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey – and, with a little imagination, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan and/or Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan for Daniel's The Butler;
- Will Ferrell for Adam McKay's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Kidding.
"2013 Los Angeles Film Critics (LAFCA) Winners" to be continues on the next page. See link below.
Sandra Bullock Gravity photo: Warner Bros.