The Los Angeles Film Critics Association tapped Parasite as its choice for Best Picture and named the film’s Bong Joon Ho as Best Director.
Parasite, his first fully Korean-made film since 2009, examines a poor but enterprising family who ingratiate themselves into the lives of a wealthy family with darkly comic and tragic results.
Today’s vote comes after the New York Film Critics voted Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman its Best Film earlier in the week. That film was named the Runner-up for Best Picture by the LAFC, with Scorsese runner-up in the Best Director category.
The LAFC began voting this morning for its annual list of the year’s best in film. The group selects a winner and runner-up in 14 categories, and is known for going outside the box with their selections.
Winners will be feted January 11 at the group’s awards dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, where Elaine May will also be honored as this year’s recipient of the LAFCA’s Career Achievement Award.
Last year, the LAFCA voted Roma its Best Picture winner, with Leave No Trace‘s Debra Granik named Best Director. It last correctly chose Spotlight and Moonlight as eventual Best Picture Oscar winners..
The awards-season blitz continues Monday with the Golden Globe nominations.
Runner-up: The Irishman
Winner: Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Runner-up: Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Runner-up: Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Best Documentary/Nonfiction Film, Runner-up: Apollo 11
Winner: Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
The Douglas Edwards Experimental Film Award
Winner: Ja’Tovia Gary’s The Giverny Document
Winner: I Lost My Body
Runner-up: Toy Story 4
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Runner-up: Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell
Winner: Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11
Runner-up: Ronald Bronstein & Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems
Best Production Design
Winner: Barbara Ling, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Runner-up: Ha Jun Lee, Parasite
Winner: Song Kang Ho, Parasite
Runner-up: Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Winner: Dan Levy, I Lost My Body
Runner-up: Thomas Newman, 1917
Winner: Claire Mathon, Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Atlantics
Runner-up: Roger Deakins, 1917
Career Achievement Award
Best Foreign-Language Film
Winner: Pain and Glory
Runner-up: Portrait of a Lady On Fire
Winners: Joe Talbot, Jimmie Falls, Jonathan Majors, The Last Black Man In San Francisco
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