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LA Film Critics Pick Date, Honor Doris Day with Career Achievement Award

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 29, 2011 at 11:32AM

Now that the New York Film Critics have jumped ahead of the pack by voting on November 28, the LA Film Critics Association have selected their date, which is comfortably late: December 11. (The Hollywood Foreign Press Association screening deadline is December 7.) This means the LA critics want to have ample time to see all the year-end films they can before voting. (Why not wait until December 30?)
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Now that the New York Film Critics have jumped ahead of the pack by voting on November 28, the LA Film Critics Association have selected their date, which is comfortably late: December 11. (The Hollywood Foreign Press Association screening deadline is December 7.) This means the LA critics want to have ample time to see all the year-end films they can before voting. (Why not wait until December 30?)

The winners will be announced via Twitter (@LAFilmCritics) and press release. Plaques of recognition will be presented to winners during LAFCA’s 37th annual awards ceremony in mid-January, where the LAFCA will give their 2011 annual life achievement award to actress/singer Doris Day (bio below).

Still one of the top box office performers of all time, Doris Day starred onscreen alongside some of the biggest male stars of her day, including Clark Gable, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, David Niven and of course Rock Hudson. Her screen credits include Calamity Jane, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Tunnel of Love, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and That Touch of Mink. Her career as a singer was just as impressive; indeed, Day received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2008. She released more than two dozen albums, experiencing Billboard chart success and in 1957 winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Que Sera Sera,” which would become her signature tune. A passionate animal rights activist for several decades, Day just this year released an album of jazz standards and cover tunes produced by her late son, Terry Melcher, her first new material in more than four decades.

Said LAFCA president Brent Simon:

“Decades on from the main body of her work, Doris Day is still arguably the template to which Hollywood turns when trying to quantify and capture ‘girl-next-door’ appeal,” said Brent Simon. “Equally at home in snappish romantic comedies and more dramatic fare, Day was the biggest female star of the 1960s, giving a series of delightfully perceptive performances. LAFCA is thrilled to be able to honor her.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.