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2013 Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: 'Gravity' and 'Her' Tie for Best Picture

There are no points for second place so the LA Critics get rid of it

2012 Los Angeles Film Critics AwardsThe 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.

UPDATES

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)

  • Gravity
  • Her

Best Actor

  • 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)

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
    Runner-up: Spike Jonze (Her)

Best Screenplay

  • Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)
    Runner-up: Spike Jonze (Her)

Best Editing

  • Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (Gravity)
    Runner-up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery (Upstream Color)

Best Cinematography

  • 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

Best Music/Score

  • 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
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  • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

    Like that they remembered Upstream Color with editing

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

      Totally was thinking that. Beat me too it ;)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Very interesting Her got a production design win. Didn't expect it to be even considered in that category. Then again, I haven't watched the film yet. Can't wait to watch it when it expands nationwide on January 10th!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      It's worthy of consideration, the design and costuming in that film is interesting in the way they alter things ever so slightly to make a world that's not entirely unlike our own, but different in subtle ways.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

        Gtocha. I also thought the cinematography in the trailer was great. Having watched the film, do you think Her should be considered for a cinematography nomination? Even thought it has almost next to no chance of winning it?

        • Keith Harrison Allison

          Oh, yes. Hoyte van Hoytema does such a great job at framing the world as one full of life and richness, all through the subtle brightness through which he uses when Joaquin is walking in the city with his Operating System. It's so absorbing, and while I agree that it will likely be left out of the Academy's line-up, I think it's more than worthy of consideration.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

    I have a feeling that Gravity will get best film here or sweep most of the tech noms

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

    Finally Gravity won for cinematography! Inside Llewyn Davis was stealing the early accolades (trailers look gorgeous so I'm not surprised), 4 awards in and the wins are sturdy so far...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Michael Fassbender looks like he might be fighting another uphill battle this awards season. He didn't get top three in Boston either, which is a . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .Shame.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      He has no chance of winning so I'm just hoping he can get a nomination.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    So, is this a live broadcast or is there somewhere else they're announcing it?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      I don't know if there is a live broadcast, but there is a live twitter feed. So I'm following their announcements on Twitter. https://twitter.com/LAFilmCritics

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

        Thanks. Clicked on the link just when Ernest and Celestine was announced as the winner. That was pretty surprising.

  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    Spring Breakers!

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    12 YEARS A SLAVE might just win Best Picture this year. If it does, it'll be of the few instances when the Oscars matched up with my personal favorite movie of the year.

    We'll see. Still hard to believe that the Academy Awards are in March and not February.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

      That has only happened once for me. The Departed was my favorite in 2006. Other than that, I don't think they've ever chosen my favorite film.

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    They actually considered this shit. And I’m glad they did.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Brad, since you're a film critic, I wanted to know how voting for critics' groups works. I know that you're a member of the Online Film Critics' Society. Do you guys mail in your ballots? Is there a meeting? How does it work?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      I'm not in the Online Film Critics Society, just BFCA, and we send in ballots. A lot of these critics groups such as NYC and LA actually meet and do rounds of balloting.

      • TheOneWhoKnocks

        My mistake. Perhaps it's Laremy who is a member of the Online Film Critics Scoiety?

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

          He is, and I believe they do balloting as well.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    lI'm pleased about Stories We Tell, The Act Of Killing had a few good points but i was strangely unaffected by it.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Not to mention the fact there are documentaries better than both of those out there.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

        yup. Like Dirty Wars.

        • TheOneWhoKnocks

          "Dirty Wars" is extremely relevant, given that U.S. media coverage of American drone strikes overseas is largely nonexistent.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

        Of the ones I've seen it's only The Crash Reel that I prefer over Stories We Tell, there's still 5 I'd like to see, namely First Cousin, Once Removed but they're not readily available over here yet.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

          I do not get the overwhelming love for Stories We Tell.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

            Its all about heart and honesty, it wouldn't work as a drama but as a doc, when people expose themselves in this way i find it overwhelming. When Polley's biological father showed her photos of her growing up that he'd be sent i was in bits, this moments rarely happen for me in English speaking films, especially if the film contains marquee names. But docs are my favourite genre, I anticipate them more so than the likes of Gravity, American Hustle etc.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

            Which docs did you find the most compelling, interesting, worthy of accolades?

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

              from this year?

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

                yes, this year

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

                Well, everyone should watch The Crash Reel because it's divine but outside of the Oscar nominated docs i would say Bridegroom, Sound City, Muscle Shoals, Good Ol' Freda, Radio Unnameable, Omit The Logic The Expedition To The End Of The World and Living On One Dollar. There are tons of others but these are all worth seeking out. There's a couple older docs on Netflix which i would heartily recommend and that's Dear Zachary and Marwencol, its a fascinating world out there.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      Dirty Wars is by far the best documentary of the year IMO. But it'll never win anything because it's very political.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    What takes them so long to announce the winners?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      They are at lunch break right now. And plus they are also voting today. So once they cast the ballot, someone has to tally them and announce. It's not like the Oscars, Golden Globes or BAFTA where they vote before and announce it one day. These critics meet today and vote on it... and they announce it as they finish up the categories.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

        Ah, I see. Thanks for explaining, Nav!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    They are about to announce best director!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

    James Franco!!! Yeah, they really considered this sh*t! So happy for Franco! Spring Break Forever!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      I'm happy for Franco as well! He really deserved it!

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    No Steve McQueen for Best Director? Shocking. Can't argue with Cuaron, though. "Gravity" is sure to make my top two this year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    What do you guys think will win best picture from the LA critics? I agree with Brad, I think Gravity will most likely win.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      Her has a strong possibility.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/aroncido/ aroncido

    I absolutely LOVED Gravity, this is my first year actually ROOTING for a film at the awards :D

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    This year is kind of divisive when it comes to Best Picture picks. There's not one clear-cut choice. In 2010, "The Social Network" was the movie of the year. In 2012, it was "Zero Dark Thirty". 2013 is a lot like 2011. Lots of different movies, but not one that's dominating the top spots of critics' top-ten lists.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/aroncido/ aroncido

      I can't remember very well, but didn't The Artist dominate beginning from the december awards?

      • TheOneWhoKnocks

        I was referring to critics, not the Academy. "The Artist" didn't really dominate end-of-year lists as much as "The Social Network" or "Zero Dark Thirty" did. 2011 was actually something of an anomaly. The two movies that stood out from that year, at least in my mind, were "A Separation" and "The Tree of Life". 2013 is kind of like that. I expect top-ten lists to be split between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity".

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

          I've forgotten what movies were winning with critics in 2011, mainly because there was never a doubt that The Artist would win Best Picture. I feel like it won some critics lists and I think Hugo may have won a few, maybe even The Descendents.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Brad, are you still doing the awards newsletters? I haven't received one in a while.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      I second this question.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Dern beats Ejiofor. Strange, but understandable.

  • ReazKHAN

    Los Angeles Film Critics Awards Live....

    http://tinyurl.com/lat8d9q

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Nebraska felt like it's a movie that was almost forgotten. But the past few days it's been given a new life.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      It's a movie about an old white man. Those of us, myself included, who didn't consider it a major contender were foolish.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Finally! Before Midnight gets one! Very well deserved.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    "Before Midnight" deserves some credit. I'd probably rank it at #3 on my best-of list.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      I still haven't seen it..or it's predessors.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

        Gotta get on it, ryguy. I think you'll like it. And of course, start with the first one. Sunrise.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

          I'm sure I'll see it eventually.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    Well, Brad's happy right now.

  • Guest

    Eiffel 65's "Blue" should have been played when the LA Film Critics Association gave out the awards for Best Actress.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Eiffel 65's "Blue" should have been played when they announced the winners for Best Actress.

    • TheOneWhoKnocks

      Why are my posts repeating themselves?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/aroncido/ aroncido

    Boom. I didn't see anything taking even half of Blanchett's actress win.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Why can't these people make up their minds?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Ok so. . .

    Gotham Awards - Inside Llewyn Davis
    NY Film Critics - American Hustle
    NBoR - Her
    NY Online Critics - 12 Years a Slave
    Boston Critics - 12 Years a Slave
    LA Critics - Gravity / Her

    Pretty spread out. Makes for an interesting rest of the season.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    I swear, if Best Foreign Language film is another tie, I'm gonna...

  • GobleGableOneOfUs

    Gravity has an even more prosaic plot than Avatar. Can't believe it's gotten as much praise as it has.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      Does a plot always have to be deep and complicated? Shit goes wrong in space and now it's about survival, why do we need to tack on more to it? It's a simple plot that is done extremely well. It doesn't need anything more.

      • GobleGableOneOfUs

        I am not completely disregarding the film itself. Yes it was definitely a technical achievement. No question it deserves to win all the visual effects awards, and maybe even Cuaron for director. But to be even be in the Best Picture discussion is a joke imo.

    • Leo Calabrano

      It's a simple story, but not a simply narrative. It has a lot of analogies and layers to the simplistic aproach in the surface. They're not even that hidden from the audience, but they're deep and meaningful.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

        It's one thing to simply say that there a lot of analogies and layers in the movie, and another to enumerate what those analogies and layers are. I didn't get much of anything from the movie on first watch.

        • GobleGableOneOfUs

          Exactly......I don't see how the narrative could have been more simplistic

    • TheOneWhoKnocks

      "Gravity" reminds me of the novel "Fahrenheit 451". Extremely short and demonstrative of a simple story. However, there's more to the narrative than meets the eye.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MovieFan/ Israel Valencia

      Gravity reminds me of the story The Old Man and the Sea simple but very symbolic and meaningful

      • GobleGableOneOfUs

        I just spat out my coffee

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    Because of this win, there'll now be an onslaught of articles with the title "Can James Franco get an Oscar nomination?"

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      Unfortunately, the answer to that question is no.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

        We all know that, but those sites gotta get 'dem clicks.

  • Sethcohen26

    I feel like not enough people have seen American hustle and wolf of Wall Street. And why is no one talking about woody harrelson in out of the furnace-- really more menacing than michael fassbender

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    I don't mind ties in general, except when it comes to #1, you always have an overall favorite to pick.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Brad I know you only really cover NY and LA critics, but it's worth noting that the NY online critics and the Boston online and print critics (two separate orgs) handed out awards the last two days. 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture and Chiwetel Ejiofor won Best Actor from all three. Steve McQueen won Best Director from both Boston orgs; Cuaron won for NY. Cate Blanchett swept Best Actress and Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o each won two of the three (Gandolfini and Squibb won the others).

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    These ties are a complete joke. They must have a really low amount of voters for ties to be so commonplace. They should have edited their guidelines to make sure ties were avoided at all costs. One is an acceptable anomaly, but 3?? That's just outright laughable.

  • Paul Hennen

    Don't see anything about The Wolverine or Thor The Dark World, or Riddick...moving on...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    I just noticed Spring Breakers won an award. Wow.

  • adu

    Wow, that's just way too many ties...quite silly.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    Seems an unusual number of ties but also a decent spread amongst various titles.

    I was surprised to see 'Gravity' tie for Best Picture but I'm happy with it being in the conversation and it will likely make the Oscar final list. The only joke there from my perspective is Franco winning. That is amusing.

    The rest is fine until I can hopefully catch more of the contenders and get a better idea of who I'd like to see in and out etc.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

    Im quite surprised that Chiwetel Ejiofor lost to Bruce Dern. Does the LAFCA tend to award a certain type of film, actor, director etc? Dern seems to be picking up a head of steam. Should be interesting to see how the next few weeks unfold.