The Los Angeles Film Critics announced a good chunk of their initial year-end awards.  And, as always, the winners were an intriguing mix of commercial and not so much.  Here's a rundown so far and some quick thoughts on each.


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

Lowdown: Great nod to Desplat that his score wasn't forgotten.  Would have loved that Daft Punk's now underhyped "Tron Legacy" score got some love...

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Guy Hendrix Dyas, “Inception”

Runner-up: Eve Stewart, “The King’s Speech”

Lowdown: Dyas deserves this one all the way to Oscar.  Stewart's runner up helps give "Speech" more breadth in it's overall campaign.


CINEMATOGRAPHY: Matthew Libatique, “Black Swan”

Runner-up: Roger Deakins, “True Grit”

Lowdown: Can't argue with either one, although the duo behind "127 Hours" has my vote.


SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Runner-up: Olivia Williams, “The Ghost Writer”

Lowdown: Not really understanding this Weaver love. She's good in "Kingdom," but not this good.  Big kudos to the group for getting Williams in there too.


SUPPORTING ACTOR: Niels Arestrup, “A Prophet”

Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

Lowdown: This really comes down to the whole "what year do you qualify a movie in: the year you saw it or the year it was released in theaters?"  In my view, "Prophet" is a 2009 critic's release, but can't argue with the love.

SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

Runner-up: David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”

Lowdown: Sorkin's win might foreshadow LAFCA rallying behind the Fincher drama.

“Last Train Home”

Runner-up: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

Lowdown: Was this a breakthrough for the old guard in the group?  Would have bet "Gift Shop" if I could have.    




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