The Los Angeles Film Critics announced a good chunk of their initial year-end awards. And, as always, the winners were an intriguing mix of commercial and not so much. Here’s a rundown so far and some quick thoughts on each.
MUSIC/SCORE: Alexandre Desplat, “The Ghost Writer,” and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “The Social Network” (tie)
Lowdown: Great nod to Desplat that his score wasn’t forgotten. Would have loved that Daft Punk’s now underhyped “Tron Legacy” score got some love…
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Guy Hendrix Dyas, “Inception”
Runner-up: Eve Stewart, “The King”s Speech”
Lowdown: Dyas deserves this one all the way to Oscar. Stewart’s runner up helps give “Speech” more breadth in it’s overall campaign.
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Matthew Libatique, “Black Swan”
Runner-up: Roger Deakins, “True Grit”
Lowdown: Can’t argue with either one, although the duo behind “127 Hours” has my vote.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”
Runner-up: Olivia Williams, “The Ghost Writer”
Lowdown: Not really understanding this Weaver love. She’s good in “Kingdom,” but not this good. Big kudos to the group for getting Williams in there too.
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Niels Arestrup, “A Prophet”
Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, “The King”s Speech”
Lowdown: This really comes down to the whole “what year do you qualify a movie in: the year you saw it or the year it was released in theaters?” In my view, “Prophet” is a 2009 critic’s release, but can’t argue with the love.
SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”
Runner-up: David Seidler, “The King”s Speech”
Lowdown: Sorkin’s win might foreshadow LAFCA rallying behind the Fincher drama.
DOCUMENTARY / NON-FICTION FILM: “Last Train Home”
Runner-up: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
Lowdown: Was this a breakthrough for the old guard in the group? Would have bet “Gift Shop” if I could have.
DOUGLAS E. EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO: “Film Socialism”
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