LAFCA admirably goes its own way…well, kinda

Posted by · 3:09 pm · December 12th, 2010

I’m happy to see that this year the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has gone its own way and really planted a flag on behalf of a number of out-of-the-box contenders.

In the lead actress category, “Mother” star Kim Hye-ja edged out critical darling Jennifer Lawrence, while Niels Arestrup’s unsettling work in “A Prophet” beat out Oscar heavy Geoffrey Rush in ‘The King’s Speech.” Colin Firth did win the lead actor for that film, however.

The director race ended in a tie between “Carlos” helmer Olivier Assayas and David Fincher, whose “The Social Network” pulled in wins for Best Screenplay and, ultimately, Best Picture.  But the other stray-from-the-pack picks?  Much appreciated.  Check out the fill list of winners at The Circuit.

[Photo: Sony Pictures Classics]

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  • 1 12-12-2010 at 8:23 pm

    Speaking English said...

    And I’ll say that not every movie needs to be emotional. *Ahem, Stanley Kubrick.*

    That’s all I really have to say.

  • 2 12-12-2010 at 11:51 pm

    Glenn said...

    Princess of Peace, isn’t it conceivable that that’s the point?

    It’s possible to be cold and emotionless and still be an excellent movie.

  • 3 12-13-2010 at 1:17 am

    SJG said...

    I love how people say TSN is devoid of emotion as if every movie is supposed to have the cringe-inducing emotional overload of movies like Precious or Atonement or Crash, to go with some BP nominees of the past years that I, personally, felt were emotionally overwrought.

    Believe it or not, there are those of us who detect the (admittedly subtle) emotional undertones of movies like The Social Network, and find it an incredibly rewarding emotional experience. Saying that TSN lacks emotion, from my perspective, would be like saying The Queen lacked emotion, or The Aviator, or A Passage to India (I had to go back a few years to find a third BP nominee that I felt wasn’t saturated with Hollywood-esque emotional melodrama).

    Just because a movie doesn’t have a scene where a pretty lady breaks down into tears doesn’t mean it’s lacking in emotion. Humans have an incredible range of emotions and emotional expression, and sometimes even a faint twitch of the lip or furrowing of a brow can underscore a vivid emotional experience. TSN is full of such moments.

    To pull a cliche out of my cliche drawer: Still waters run deep.

    TSN is a very emotionally rich movie, and I’m kind of getting sick of hearing that it isn’t. Human emotion encompasses more than extremes of grief, joy, romance, and anger, which is about all most major Hollywood productions seem capable of conveying.