Los Angeles Film Critics Awards Preview - AwardsCircuit.com - By Clayton Davis

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards Preview

A look at what the West Coasters may choose as their Best of the Year...

New York, National Board of Review, and Boston have all pounced on the awards and rewarded Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty both Best Picture and Best Director.  Next up, the Los Angeles Film Critics will unveil their choices tomorrow.  Many believe this is an opportunity for either Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master or Ben Affleck’s Argo to bounce back into the race in a big way.  The two seem to be hemorrhaging at the moment in the awards race.

Not going to delve too deep into what this group means in the awards season but if Zero Dark Thirty wins again tomorrow, we may need to start evaluating the true power this film has over voters and start entertaining the idea, Bigelow’s film trumps Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Argo.  This is an exciting race to say the least.

Some things that we can expect based on past choices:

  • Some choices that SCREAM Hollywood.  Big stars, big movies.
  • A Foreign Actress, likely in Lead to win the award.  Likely someone the mainstream public has never heard of.
  • At least one actor or craftsman that wins for their “body of work.”
  • They don’t go “young” too often.
  • Won’t take five hours like New York. Eh…

Full Editor Predictions

Best Motion PictureSilver Linings Playbook
Alternate: Zero Dark Thirty
Surprise: The Master

Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
Alternate: Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master
Surprise: Michael Haneke for Amour

Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix for The Master
Alternate: Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook
Surprise: Denzel Washington for Flight

Best Actress – Nina Hoss for Barbara
Alternate: Emmanuelle Riva for Amour
Surprise: Rachel Mwanza for War Witch

Best Supporting Actor – John Goodman for Argo, Flight, Trouble with the Curve
Alternate: Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
Surprise: Jason Clarke for Zero Dark Thirty

Best Supporting Actress – Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook
Alternate: Helen Hunt for The Sessions
Surprise: Doona Bae for Cloud Atlas

Best Screenplay – Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty
Alternate: Tony Kushner for Lincoln
Surprise: Ava DuVarney for Middle of Nowhere

Best Cinematography – Ben Richardson for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Alternate: Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi
Surprise: John Toll for Cloud Atlas

Best Music – Jonny Greenwood for The Master
Alternate: Alexandre Desplat for Rise of the Guardians
Surprise: Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer for Cloud Atlas

Best DocumentaryThe Central Park Five
Alternate: Bully
Surprise: How to Survive a Plague

Best Foreign Language FilmAmour
Alternate: The Intouchables
Surprise: After Lucia

Best Production DesignAnna Karenina
Alternate: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Surprise: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Comment and discuss and leave your predictions in the comment section!

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Clayton Davis started to write professionally in his sophomore year of college when Johnny Alba, the editor and owner of the old Oscar prediction site, The Oscar Igloo, had an opening for staff writers. Clayton wrote for The Igloo for nearly four years before being appointed editor and revamping and renaming The Oscar Igloo into the now popular mega-site, The Awards Circuit. Since then, Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards. In June 2014 he became the year's first accepted member to New York Film Critics Online. He has been quoted in various outlets (CNN.com, Bloomberg.com, TheWrap.com, AceShowbiz.com, SlashFilm.com, ScottFeinberg.com) and continues to raise the bar for film-talking enthusiasts around the globe.

  • http://jamiesplace.wordpress.com Jamie

    If they name SLP or The Master for anything, I may give up on so called film critics for anything. There are three movies this year: Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, and Les Mis .. http://jamiesplace.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/film-full-circle/

  • http://newfilmcritocs randall gerber

    your prediction or preview for the los angeles film critics awards comes across as either weird or idiotic.

    • https://www.google.com/profiles/102770354308851478090 Mark Johnson

      Explain why.

  • http://TheAwardsCircuit Joey Magidson

    Here’s what I’m thinking:

    Best Motion Picture – Zero Dark Thirty
    Alternate: Argo
    Surprise: The Master

    Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
    Alternate: Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master
    Surprise: Ben Affleck for Argo

    Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix for The Master
    Alternate: Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook
    Surprise: Denzel Washington for Flight

    Best Actress – Melanie Lynskey for Hello I Must Be Going (my out there pick)
    Alternate: Emmanuelle Riva for Amour
    Surprise: Mary Elizabeth Winstead for Smashed

    Best Supporting Actor – John Goodman for Argo
    Alternate: Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike
    Surprise: Jason Clarke for Zero Dark Thirty

    Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
    Alternate: Helen Hunt for The Sessions
    Surprise: Ann Dowd for Compliance

    Best Screenplay – Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty
    Alternate: Tony Kushner for Lincoln
    Surprise: Rian Johnson for Looper

    Best Cinematography – Ben Richardson for Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Alternate: Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi
    Surprise: Robert Richardson for Django Unchained

    Best Music – Jonny Greenwood for The Master
    Alternate: Alexandre Desplat for Argo
    Surprise: Hans Zimmer for The Dark Knight Rises

    Best Documentary – Bully
    Alternate: Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
    Surprise: How to Survive a Plague

    Best Foreign Language Film – Amour
    Alternate: The Intouchables
    Surprise: After Lucia

    Best Production Design – Anna Karenina
    Alternate: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    Surprise: Django Unchained

  • Josh P.

    I feel like this is the last chance for “The Master” to make any kind of impact. If it misses here, then I’ll have a hard time imagining it making it in. This is a movie that needs the critics to rally behind it, but so far “Zero Dark Thirty” is taking away all that momentum. I hope it gets in, but if it goes to Bigelow again, then its going to be real difficult.

  • http://awardscircuit.com Joseph Braverman

    I browsed through Metacritic to see what films most of the LA critics liked, and it seems that if it’s not going to be ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘The Master’ will probably win “Best Picture.” If there is a surprise…*brace yourselves* it could be ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ LA Critics absolutely loved Nolan’s final film in the trilogy, and if Todd McCarthy and Kenneth Turan can rally the troops and get people behind this film to make a huge statement to the Academy to take such work seriously, who knows? Won’t happen in a million years, but that’s my “surprise” pick.

  • Mikael

    I´m sensing a really strong showing for “The Master”… Not sure that´s really wishful thinking – on my part – but I´m predicting it to appear (not even if runner-up) in some of the major categories at LAFCA:

    Best Picture: The Master
    Runner-up: Zero Dark Thirty

    Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
    Runner-up: Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)

    Best Screenplay: Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
    Runner-up: Tony Kushner (Lincoln)

    Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
    Runner-up: John Hawkes (The Sessions)

    Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
    Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

    Best Supporting Actor: Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty)
    Runner-up: Philip Seymor Hoffman (The Master)

    Best Supporting Actress: Helen Hunt (The Session)
    Runner-up: Amy Adams (The Master)