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LAFCA & NYFCO Part Ways Over The Artist

Could Fassbender be eyeing Oscar?Andreas here. Want to see end-of-year craziness in action? Look at today: first, the Boston Society of Film Critics announces their awards, then before they've finished, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Online start tag-teaming it! It all starts to blend together sometimes -- Emmanuel Plummer won for something called Drivemaids? -- but no worries, we've got it straightened out:

First, the LAFCA winners...

PICTURE The Descendants (runner-up: The Tree of Life)
DIRECTOR Terence Malick for The Tree of Life
 (Runner-up: Martin Scorsese for Hugo)
SCREENPLAY Asghar Farhadi for A Separation (For Your Consideration!)
ACTRESS Yun Jung-hee for Poetry
 (Runner-up: Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia)
ACTOR Michael Fassbender for A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, and X-Men: First Class
 (Runner-up: Michael Shannon for Take Shelter)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS Jessica Chastain for everything
(Runner-up: Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs)
SUPPORTING ACTOR Christopher Plummer for Beginners
 (Runner-up: Patton Oswalt for Young Adult)
CINEMATOGRAPHY Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life
 (Runner-up: Cao Yu for City of Life and Death)
PRODUCTION DESIGN Dante Ferretti for Hugo
 (Runner-up: Maria Djurkovic for Tinker Tailor)
 (Runner-up: The Arbor)
 (Runner-up: The Adventures of Tintin)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM City of Life and Death
 (Runner-up: A Separation)
NEW GENERATION The creative team behind Martha Marcy May Marlene
BEST MUSIC/SCORE The Chemical Brothers for Hanna
 (Runner-up: Cliff Martinez for Drive)


Commentary and NYFCO awards after the jump.

As awards season gets rolling, the LAFCA gives us a breath of fresh air -- or, if you will, a dose of sanity. They're clearly not trying to predict the Oscars, as those bold Actor/Actress selections prove. And some other surprises: Patton Oswalt! Hanna! The British doc The Arbor! (Have you seen that? If not, it's on Netflix Instant and very worth your time.)

The Artist: Too charming for the NYFCO to resist

Now for the NYFCO's choices...

PICTURE The Artist

DIRECTOR Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
SCREENPLAY The Descendants
ACTRESS Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
 (Runner-up: Viola Davis for The Help)
ACTOR Michael Shannon for Take Shelter
(Runner-ups: Michael Fassbender for Shame and Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids
SUPPORTING ACTOR Albert Brooks for Drive
CINEMATOGRAPHY Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life
DOCUMENTARY Cave of Forgotten Dreams
ANIMATED FEATURE The Adventures of Tintin
ANIMATED FEATURE The Adventures of Tintin
DEBUT DIRECTOR Joe Cornish for Attack the Block
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER Jessica Chastain (in everything)
USE OF MUSIC Ludovic Bource for The Artist


Amongst a bunch of expected picks (The Artist, The Descendants, Streep), the shocker here is Best Actor. No Pitt, Clooney, or Dujardin in sight; instead, it's a trio of critically adored performances in small movies that'll need all the help they can get. So kudos to the NYFCO for giving those guys and the gals from Bridesmaids a boost!

Between these critics' awards and the BSFC earlier today, a few early favorites are emerging: The Descendants vs. The Artist, Brooks vs. Plummer, and A Separation representing the rest of the world. How many of these trends will keep going into Oscar season? This early, to quote William Goldman, "nobody knows anything." Which of these critics' picks are you most delighted by?

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"Which of these critics' picks are you most delighted by?"

LAFCA, definitely LAFCA. Fassbender should win all possible awards.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeme

Wasn't the runner up was Kiki not Davis?

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChand

McCarthy picks up critics award number two-I'm starting to think that Globe nom on Thursday is a real possibility!!!

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Seems Melissa McCarthy might be in the game...

It's so great that A Separation is being rewarded outside the Foreign Film category. Such a great film!

Totally suprised with The Descendants winning Best Movie without previous mentions to Payne or Clooney. Did LAFCA really liked it or what?

Final note to all the groups voting out there: If you want to reward Chastain or Fassbender, please do but remember you are films critics and you're supposed to be able to pick just one or two favorite performances. Thank You.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

The lack of Elizabeth Olsen in these critic's awards is depressing me. It was such a breath-taking introverted performance.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonathon

My heart bleeds along with yours, Jonathon.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMayukh

Happy for Streep. NY seems to LOVE her.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrandz

thanks for covering this for me. It's funny when it comes to critics orgs predicting oscar because none of these groups have seen EXTREMELY LOUD and having just done that, methinks Oscar gonna like.

December 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Okay Nathaniel, now you have me curious. Looking forward to the review...

I am very happy that Michael Shannon is getting major attention. He deserves it. I'm not sure why, but his performance kind of reminds me of Jack Lemmon in Save The Tiger -- an everyman facing an existential crisis in a small but ambitious movie.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertimothy

LA keeps bringing up the most intriguing choices in Actress, both Lead and Supporting. I really look forward to their picks in these categories.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzigzag

Michael Shannon is nominated almost all awards (Houston, Washington DC, Spirit, Detroit),
runner-up in LA and win in NY Online. Hope he will get nomination from the major awards.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscary

Yay Melissa McCarthy!! And darn @ Kiki not getting it, but at least she was runner-up. :) And yay for Viola finally [almost] getting recognized.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE will end up being the front runner. Standing ovation at the screening which I attended. Thomas Horn is a revelation. If anyone beats Fassbender, I'll only be happy if it's little Thomas Horn.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Susan -- yeah, if Thomas Horn was a girl, he'd be a lock for some sort of nomination even if it was category fraud. but we know that they don't let little boys steal the honor from the grown men. They respect the grown men too much.

December 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

"Which of these critics' picks are you most delighted by?"

Happy for Jessica Chastain and Dante Ferretti ( patriotic heart =) ) at LAFCA. And for La Streep at NYFCO.

"It's funny when it comes to critics orgs predicting oscar because none of these groups have seen EXTREMELY LOUD and having just done that, methinks Oscar gonna like."

Can't wait to see it. If the movie is faithful to the book... it's just gonna be brilliant!

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerris

Indeed! If they had the nerve of ignoring Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot... so Thomas Horn is any good?
I thought he was obnoxious at least in the latest trailer.

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Yun Jung-hee gave my favorite performance on screen this year, I am so glad she got recognized somewhere.

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterramification

No sign of Redgrave yet in these awards, will this spell trouble for her ?

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