Sunday, December 09, 2012

LA Film Critics boost 'The Master': Honor Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams with acting prizes

LA Film Critics boost 'The Master': Honor Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams with acting prizes

I should note here that the L.A. Critics are usually way out in left field and rarely correlate to the Oscar selections. I don't mean to imply that the LA Critics are "wrong." Perhaps their selections are more reflective of artistic merit than the Academy's choices, which involve various considerations artistic, commercial and political, as well as certain "flavor of the day" influences. But right or wrong, their selections tend toward the quirky and stray far from the mainstream. Rarely does the Best Picture selection from the LA Critics go on to an Oscar. Since Schindler's List in 1993, only one LAFCA Best Picture has gone on to the Oscar. That's 1-for-18, if you're scoring at home. Among their last ten Best Picture choices, only five were even nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Their recent list of Best Actress selections is a litany of people you never heard of.

2008 Sally Hawkins

2009 Yolande Moreau

2010 Kim Hye-ja

2011 Yoon Jeong-hee

In other words, don't believe what you read about how these awards improve the Oscar prospects for The Master. If anything, the LA awards are the nail in The Master's coffin.

But for better or for worse, here is their take on the major categories:

BEST PICTURE: Amour (Runner-up: The Master)

BEST DIRECTOR, Winner: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

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

BEST ACTRESS (tie): Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook and Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams, The Master (Runner-up: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables and The Dark Knight Rises)

BEST SCREENPLAY: Chris Terrio, Argo (David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook)

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY: The Gatekeepers (Runner-up: Searching for Sugar Man)

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