Members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) are gathering Sunday to vote for their annual year’s best in movies. The group will begin deliberating over winners in 14 categories, honoring a winner and a runner-up.
LAFCA named Steve McQueen’s Small Axe as Best Picture with Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland as the runner-up. The two films switched places with the Best Director category going to Zhao while McQueen was the runner up.
Last year, the Los Angeles critics tapped eventual Best Picture winner Parasite as its choice for Best Picture. That film’s director Bong Joon Ho won Best Director.
The organization gave the New Generation Award to Radha Blank, the director, writer and star of The 40-Year-Old Version. Meanwhile, LAFCA rewarded Career Achievement Awards to Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Harry Belafonte, with 106-year-old Norman Lloyd receiving the inaugural Legacy Award.
“We are so thrilled to honor the unprecedented, resonant and masterful ‘Small Axe,’ Steve McQueen’s quintet of thematically linked films,” said LAFCA President Claudia Puig in a statement. “And we are also honored to award the artistry of a wonderfully diverse and massively talented group of winning filmmakers. Particularly notable in a year when the film industry took a huge blow, our winners reflect extraordinary achievement.”
The awards season has been in stall mode because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the New York Film Critics Circle kicked things off Friday awarding A24’s First Cow as its Best Feature. The LAFCA voting date is pretty much on schedule; last year’s gathering was on December 8. The Oscars in 2021 are April 25, the latest date ever for the ceremony, which has pushed back the entire kudos parade.
Read the complete list of LAFCA winners below.
Winner: SMALL AXE
Winner: Chloe Zhao, NOMADLAND
Runner-up: Steve McQueen, SMALL AXE
Winner: Carey Mulligan, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Runner-up: Viola Davis, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Winner: Chadwick Boseman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Runner-up: Riz Ahmed, SOUND OF METAL
Winner: Emerald Fennell, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Runner-up: Eliza Hittman, NEVER REALLY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Winner: Youn Yuh-jung, MINARI
Runner-up: Amanda Seyfried, MANK
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Glynn Turman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Runner-up: Paul Raci, SOUND OF METAL
Winner: Yorgos Lamprinos, THE FATHER
Runner-up: Gabriel Rhodes, TIME
Best Production Design
Winner: Donald Graham Burt, MANK
Runner-up: Sergey Ivanov, BEANPOLE
Runner-up: LOVERS ROCK
Winner: SMALL AXE, Shabier Kirchner
Runner-up: NOMADLAND, Joshua James Richards
Best Foreign-Language Film
Runner-up: MARTIN EDEN
The Douglas Edwards Experimental Film Award
Winner: John Gianvito’s HER SOCIALIST SMILE
New Generation Award
Winner: Radha Blank, THE 40-YEAR-OLD-VERSION
Career Achievement Award