The LA Film Critics Association was founded in 1975.  The stated goal of the association, as explained on their website, is to “honor screen excellence on both sides of the camera.”

Awards for 2014 were handed out on December 7.  A complete list of winners and runners up can be found below.

Best Picture Winner: Boyhood
Best Picture Runner up: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actor Winner: Tom Hardy, Locke
Best Actor Runner up: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Director Winner: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Director Runner Up: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Foreign Language Film Winner: Ida
Best Foreign Language Film Runner up: Winter Sleep

Best Screenplay Winner: Wes Anderson/Hugo Guinness: Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Screenplay Runner up: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu/Nicolas Giacobone/Alexander Dinelaris Jr/Armando Bo: Birdman

Best Actress Winner: Patricia Arquette: Boyhood
Best Actress Runner up: Julianne More: Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor Winner: J.K. Simmons: Whiplash
Best Supporting Actor Runner up: Edward Norton: Birdman

Best Supporting Actress Winner: Agata Kulesza: Ida
Best Supporting Actress Runner up: Rene Russo: Nightcrawler

Best Animation Winner: Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Best Animation Runner up: The Lego Movie

Best Documentary Winner: Citizenfour
Best Documentary Runner up: Life Itself

Best Cinematography Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki: Birdman
Best Cinematography Runner up: Dick Pope: Mr. Turner

Best Editing: Sandra Adair: Boyhood
Best Editing Runner up: Barney Pilling: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Production Design Runner up: Ondrej Nekvasil:  Snowpiercer

Best Music Score: (tie) Jonny Greenwood: Inherent Vice
Mica Levi Under the Skin

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: Walter Reuben: The David Whiting Story

New Generation Award Winner: Ava DuVernay, Selma

Notes and Observations

I am really invested in this Supporting Actor Race.  Though JK Simmons is slowly distancing himself, this is by far the most intriguing Awards race of the year for me.  Two distinct high points in the film year.  A lot has been said this week about The Grand Budapest Hotel having an unfortunate position because of its early release date, so it’s good to see it get some love here (the second movie to win multiple awards and recognized twice as runner up in BIG categories).  Tom Hardy with a very deserved upset in the Best Actor category (my favorite single performance of the year).  But, even so… more patterns developing early in the Award Season in what was expected to be an unpredictable year.

Feature Image:  Whiplash, Sony Pictures Classics