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 […]

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LAFCA picks the top 10 films of the decade

Posted by · 11:20 am · January 12th, 2010

You can never have too many of these, right?  Right? Right? 1. “Mulholland Drive” 2. “There Will Be Blood” 3. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” 4. “Brokeback Mountain” 5. (tie) “No Country for Old Men” and “Zodiac” 6. “Yi Yi” 7. (tie) “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and “The Lord of the […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Precursor avalanche, best of 2009

Posted by · 6:57 pm · December 18th, 2009

• Kris wrapped up 2009 with his take on the year’s best films, also offering his own preferred nominees and winners in a range of categories. (I’ll chime in next week.) • “Up in the Air” led this year’s pack of Golden Globe nominees. • It also joined “Precious” and “Inglourious Basterds” at the head […]

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‘Hurt Locker’ tops with LA Critics

Posted by · 3:08 pm · December 13th, 2009

Today is a very good day to be one Ms. Kathryn Bigelow. A few days ago, we asked you which film looks set to be the critics’ darling of the season — today, at least, the clear answer appears to be “The Hurt Locker.” Hours after sweeping the board with the Beantown crowd, Bigelow’s Iraq-set […]

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First wave of LAFCA winners

Posted by · 12:39 pm · December 13th, 2009

I’ll offer some commentary when we have the full list of winners at 2.30, but for now I’ll just convey my astonishment at the competence of my predictions so far. And offer a hearty cheer for Agnes Varda. Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds” Runner-up: Peter Capaldi, “In the Loop” Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, […]

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Final LAFCA guesses

Posted by · 5:01 am · December 13th, 2009

Because it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon. Because I need a moment of light relief after rewatching “Inland Empire” and plunging back into “Dogville” — I’m working on my end-of-decade Top 50, can’tcha tell? Because I personally get more fluttery with excitement about critics’ awards than any well-adjusted guy should. Because of all these things, my […]

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LAFCA to announce in two waves

Posted by · 9:49 am · December 11th, 2009

Via press release: Please note, there has been a change in the announcement process for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners on Sunday, December 13. We will be announcing the winners in 2 separate announcements. The first announcement will be released at approx. 12:30pm PST, the second announcement at approx. 2:30pm PST. The […]

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An unfortunate precedent

Posted by · 1:02 pm · January 4th, 2009

With Sally Hawkins and Sean Penn each picking up a gong from the National Society of Film Critics yesterday, the two actors thus complete the trifecta of major critics’ awards, having already taken the New York and Los Angeles critics’ respective honors. (I know some refer to the ‘big four,’ but we all know the […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Jackman hosting, Globes puzzling, Hawkins rising

Posted by · 8:00 pm · December 12th, 2008

• After months of speculating, we finally have an Oscar host … and his name is Hugh Jackman. Bouquets all round. • Obviously, the Golden Globe nominations were the week’s biggest news. They offered their usual dose of wacky surprises — principally the near shut-out of “Milk.” • Sticking with the Globes, we got some […]

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POLL: ‘Dark Knight’ or ‘WALL-E?’ Take your stand.

Posted by · 11:27 am · December 10th, 2008

Okay, now that things are finally happening this awards season, I feel inspired to create another poll.  It’s been a while.  The last time around, the vast majority of you felt Heath Ledger was a lock to win Best Supporting Actor, and forgive, but this week we have “The Dark Knight” in the mix once […]

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Getting carried away with ‘WALL-E’ and the LAFCA

Posted by · 5:33 am · December 10th, 2008

I have been griping about the state of the movie year since after the Toronto International Film Festival, and frankly I took some heat for bitching about it. So yes, I feel some vindication about the way the season is shaping up: 2008 is a hugely disappointing year at the movies, with only a handful […]

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12/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:10 am · December 10th, 2008

• The Gurus settle on a predicted five that seems to be becoming “the knowledge.” [Movie City News] • David Poland, meanwhile, takes the opportunity to spotlight 10 under-the-radar contenders. [Movie City News] • Always eager for a “look, we said something about it first” story, Steve Weintraub calls an exclusive (seriously, we need to […]

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LAFCA gives Best Picture to ‘WALL-E’

Posted by · 1:38 pm · December 9th, 2008

Shocking.  “WALL-E” is officially the most overrated film of the year, but that having been said, this is one hell of a ballsy move on the part of the L.A. film critics (whose vote came down a lot earlier than I expected). I correctly anticipated a Sally Hawkins victory in the lead actress category, which […]

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Onward…LAFCA coming up

Posted by · 11:06 am · December 9th, 2008

Alright, the BFCA announcement has come and gone.  Little surprise other than some omissions.  So maybe the Los Angeles critics will feel the need to get behind a few ponies, as they do annually (Vera Farmiga in “Down to the Bone,” handing “There Will Be Blood” their Best Picture prize last year when Oscar buzz […]

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