L.A. Film Critics: 'Gravity,' 'Her' Tie for Best Picture
Reflecting an awards season in which no single film is dominating, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, voting Sunday, produced a tie, awarding its best picture prize to both Alfonso Cuaron's survival-in-space tale Gravity and Spike Jonze's slightly futuristic love story Her. Cuaron also was named best director, with Jonze as runner-up. Gravity also was cited for its cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki and its editing by Cuaron and Mark Sanger, while Her got a nod for K.K. Barrett's production design.
The critics also came up with a tie when choosing best actress, awarding honors to both Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine and Adele Exarchopoulos for Blue Is the Warmest Color. And it further spread the wealth around with a third tie in the supporting actor category, which went to both James Franco for Spring Breakers and Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club.
Bruce Dern received the group's best actor award for his ornery old man in Nebraska, and Lupita Nyong'o was named best supporting actress for her performance in 12 Years a Slave.
In choosing to shine part of its spotlight on Her as best picture, the Los Angeles critics seconded the National Board of Review which gave its best picture prize to Her on Dec. 4, but differed from the New York Critics Circle, which opted for American Hustle on Dec. 3. Even as the L.A. critics were voting, however, both the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Online gave their top prize to 12 Years a Slave. The Los Angeles critics concluded their voting by issuing a special citation to the creative team behind 12 Years a Slave.
The complete list of winners follows:
Film: Tie, Gravity and Her
Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity (runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her)
Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska (runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave)
Actress: Tie, Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, and Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
Documentary: Stories We Tell (runner-up: The Act of Killing)
Supporting actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave (runner-up: June Squibb, Nebraska)
Supporting actor: Tie, James Franco, Spring Breakers, and Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight (runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her)
Animation: Ernest & Celestine (runner-up: The Wind Rises)
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity (runner-up, Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis)
Film editing: Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger, Gravity (runner-up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery, Upstream Color)
Score: T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis (runner-up: Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett, Her)
Production design: K.K. Barrett, Her (runner-up: Jess Gonchor, Inside Llewyn Davis)
Foreign-language film: Blue Is the Warmest Color (runner-up: The Great Beauty)
New Generation: Megan Ellison, producer of Her and American Hustle.
Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: Charlotte Pryce, Cabinets of Wonder: Films and a Performance
Legacy of Cinema: The Criterion Collection
Special Citation: 12 Years a Slave creative team