As predicted, on Sunday the Los Angeles Film Critics Association rewarded many indie films that had been under-appreciated by other groups so far. They awarded Best Film and Actress to Michael Haneke's "Amour," which had clocked several key foreign film wins thus far. Emmanuelle Riva shared the actress prize with Jennifer Lawrence of "Silver Linings Playbook," which was runner-up for Best Screenplay. On the studio side, the writing award was won by Chris Terrio for "Argo," which was runner-up for Best Editing. Editor William Goldenberg, who won for "Zero Dark Thirty" with Dylan Tichenor, was competing with himself. Full list of winners below.
Happily for the Weinstein Co.,"The Master" had a strong showing with four wins. It was runner-up for Best Picture, and earned Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and Supporting Actress for Amy Adams (runners up: Denis Levant for "Holy Motors" and Anne Hathaway for "Les Miserables" and "The Dark Knight Rises," respectively) as well as Best Production Design for David Crank and Jack Fisk (runner-up was Adam Stockhausen, "Moonrise Kingdom").
Kathryn Bigelow, whose "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Director, Picture and Cinematography at the New York Film Critics Circle, had to settle for director runner-up in LA. It's unclear how LAFCA would have voted sans the New York and National Board Review wins for "Zero Dark Thirty."
The LAFCA went with "Holy Motors" for best foreign film, with last year's Israeli Oscar submission "Footnote" as runner-up.
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" had three wins, for supporting actor Dwight Henry, the non-pro baker who played Hushpuppy's father (runner-up was Christoph Waltz of "Django Unchained"), Best Score, to Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin (Jonny Greenwood was runner up for "The Master") and New Generation Award for Zeitlin.
Best Documentary went to Israeli Dror Moreh's "The Gatekeepers," while runner-up was another Sony Pictures Classics doc, the much-lauded "Searching for Sugar Man."
Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" won yet again for best animated feature, while runner-up was less-known "It's Such a Beautiful Day."
Best Cinematography went to Roger Deakins for "Skyfall." Runner-up was Mihai Malaimare Jr., "The Master."
The winner of the LAFCA's own Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award is "Leviathan," which Cinema Guild has yet to release.
Notably missing from the LAFCA voting were "Lincoln," which won three prizes from the NYFCC, Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," Ben Lewin's "The Sessions," and Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina," which will look to the Guilds and the Golden Globes for future support.