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Oscar Watch: Social Network Dominates Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2010 at 8:24AM

The Los Angeles Film Critics announced their winners Sunday. The Social Network dominated the voting, beating out rival The King's Speech--although Colin Firth continues to rack up best actor wins--and Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver won yet another supporting actress award. While the LA film critics pride themselves on not functioning as predictors of later awards such as the Oscars, they did basically throw away votes for best actress (Kim Hye-ja, Mother) and supporting actor (Niels Arestrup, A Prophet, which was eligible for last year's foreign Oscar). It makes more sense to release foreign films in their year of eligibility so that awards they accrue can boost the film while it's still current, as opposed to a year later. I put A Prophet on my 2009 top ten.
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The Los Angeles Film Critics announced their winners Sunday. The Social Network dominated the voting, beating out rival The King's Speech--although Colin Firth continues to rack up best actor wins--and Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver won yet another supporting actress award. While the LA film critics pride themselves on not functioning as predictors of later awards such as the Oscars, they did basically throw away votes for best actress (Kim Hye-ja, Mother) and supporting actor (Niels Arestrup, A Prophet, which was eligible for last year's foreign Oscar). It makes more sense to release foreign films in their year of eligibility so that awards they accrue can boost the film while it's still current, as opposed to a year later. I put A Prophet on my 2009 top ten.

Full list below and here.

PICTURE: "The Social Network"
Runner-up: "Carlos"

DIRECTOR: Olivier Assayas, "Carlos," and David Fincher, "The Social Network" (tie)

ACTOR: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"
Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"

ACTRESS: Kim Hye-ja, "Mother"
Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Niels Arestrup, "A Prophet"
Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"
Runner-up: Olivia Williams, "The Ghost Writer"



SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"
Runner-up: David Seidler, "The King's Speech"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "Carlos"
Runner-up: "Mother"

ANIMATION: "Toy Story 3"
Runner-up: "The Illusionist"

DOCUMENTARY / NON-FICTION FILM: "Last Train Home"
Runner-up: "Exit Through the Gift Shop"

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Matthew Libatique, "Black Swan"
Runner-up: Roger Deakins, "True Grit"

MUSIC/SCORE: Alexandre Desplat, "The Ghost Writer," and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "The Social Network" (tie)

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Guy Hendrix Dyas, "Inception"
Runner-up: Eve Stewart, "The King's Speech"

NEW GENERATION: Lena Dunham, "Tiny Furniture"

DOUGLAS E. EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO: "Film Socialism"

LEGACY OF CINEMA AWARDS: Serge Bromberg, "Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno," and the F.W. Murnau Foundation and Fernando Pena for the restoration of "Metropolis"

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Paul Mazursky

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