Gravity, Her Tie for LAFCA Best Picture Honors

The LA Film Critics Assn. was deeply divided in its picks, winding up with three ties, including best picture (Gravity and Her), best actress (Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett and Blue is the Warmest Color’s Adele Exarchopoulos), and best supporting actor (Spring Breaker’s James Franco and Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto).

Meanwhile, Gravity also scored best director for Alfonso Cuaron, best cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki, and best editing for Cuaron and Mark Sanger.

Her also won production design for K.K. Barrett.

The tie presumably puts Gravity back in play as a major best picture Oscar contender while at the same time giving Spike Jonze’s Her (which also took the National Board of Review’s top honor) a nomination boost.

Meanwhile, best animated feature went to Ernest & Celestine (GKids), the gentle French hand-drawn tale of forbidden friendship between a bear and mouse directed by Benjamin Renner. This halted the winning streak of Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises (which took the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, and the the Boston Society of Film Critics), helping its chances in getting a best animated picture nom.

Other winners were:

Best Actor: Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave )

Best Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)

Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

Best Music Score: T Bone Burnett (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: Cabinets Of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce

New Generation: Megan Ellison

Legacy of Cinema: Criterion Collection

Special Citation: The Creative Team of 12 Years a Slave

Career Achievement: Richard Lester

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