The Los Angeles Film Critics Association are announcing their 2013 film awards today and I will be updating them as they are announced directly below, with commentary along the way. You'll simply need to refresh this post as things go along, but do realize this will take awhile.
UPDATE #1: The first award went to Spike Jonze's Her for K.K. Barrett's Production Design followed by Lupia Nyong'o's first major awards season notice, winning Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave.
UPDATE #2: Gravity is the early front-runner to become the most awarded film, taking both Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and Best Film Editing (Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger).
UPDATE #3: James Franco (Spring Breakers) and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) end up tying for Best Supporting Actor. Bit of a misconception of the word "best", but whatever.
UPDATE #4: The LA critics have thrown a nice curve ball in the animated category awarding Ernest & Celestine instead of The Wind Rises, which took the runner-up position. I, personally, am happy to see the Ernest win, which I watched this weekend and is vastly superior to Wind Rises.
UPDATE #5: T Bone Burnett (Inside Llewyn Davis) edges out Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett's music/score for Her. It's a little weird seeing a movie that largely uses songs win over a film that largely uses a score. How do you compare the two?
UPDATE #6: The Act of Killing and Stories We Tell seem to be the documentary juggernauts this season and the Los Angeles critics keep the trend running as Stories We Tell wins with Act of Killing coming in as runner up.
UPDATE #7: Spike Jonze's Her is continuing to play runner up, this time Jonze is runner-up to Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) for Best Director as Gravity appears to be the org's most likely pick for Best Picture thus far.
UPDATE #8: Bruce Dern (Nebraska) takes Best Actor over Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as the Nebraska stock continues to rise.
UPDATE #9: Once again Her is the runner-up as Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke's Before Midnight screenplay takes top honors.
UPDATE #10: The Los Angeles Film Critics clearly can't seem to make up their minds as they have yet another tie, this time for Best Actress with Cate Blancett (Blue Jasmine) and Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) sharing the honor.
UPDATE #11: And Best Picture goes to ... wait, it's a tie between Gravity and Her. Which is, sort of a joke if you ask me.
Last year it was Amour taking the org's top honors with The Master taking home the bulk of awards, which just goes to show these early season awards don't necessarily offer as much of an indication as to how the Oscars will go as some may assume.
This is the last of what I consider to be the current year's "major" precursor awards until the new year begins with the Golden Globe Awards on January 12, 2013. However, next week we will have the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Award nominations and, the following Monday, nominations for the Critics Choice Awards. You can find the schedule here.
Updated winners are listed below. Feel free to predict the winners as this group tends to take a long time to announce their winners.
Best Picture (TIE)
- Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Best Actress (TIE)
- Cate Blanchett (BLue Jasmine)
- Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color)
Best Supporting Actor (TIE)
- James Franco (Spring Breakers)
- Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Supporting Actress
- Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Runner-up: June Squibb (Nebraska)
- Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Runner-up: Spike Jonze (Her)
- Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)
Runner-up: Spike Jonze (Her)
- Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (Gravity)
Runner-up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery (Upstream Color)
- Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
Runner-up: Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Best Documentary/Non-fiction Film
- Stories We Tell
Runner-up: The Act of Killing
Best Animated Film
- Ernest & Celestine
Runner-up: The Wind Rises
Best Foreign Language Film
- Blue is the Warmest Color
Runner-up: The Great Beauty
- 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)
Douglas E. Edwards Award
For Independent/Experimental Film/Video
- Cabinets Of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce