Leto and Franco tie for supporting actor, Nyong’o wins supporting actress; “Gravity,” “Her” win other honors in early voting
Jared Leto and James Franco have tied for the best supporting actor award in Los Angeles Film Critics Association voting for their roles in “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Spring Breakers.”
While Leto has been a favorite during this year’s awards season, Franco was considered a huge dark horse for his role as a rapper in Harmony Korine’s raucous cult film. But he benefitted from the LAFCA’s unusual method of voting: Members announce their choices out loud, which allows later voters to band together to take down frontrunners.
Leto reportedly had a big lead at one point, with a surge of Franco votes causing the tie late in the voting.
Lupita Nyong’o was named the best supporting actress for “12 Years a Slave,” with June Squibb the runner up for “Nebraska.”
The French animated film “Ernest & Celestine” was named the year’s best animation over Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises,” which had taken most of the previous critics awards. Sarah Polley’s “Stories We Tell” beat Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” in the documentary category.
The LAFCA also gave awards for production design to “Her,” for editing and cinematography to “Gravity” and for music to “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
The group is currently voting on its winners; TheWrap will continue to update the results as they are announced.
Although a few times in recent years the LAFCA has gone along with the year’s critical consensus (picking, for instance, “The Social Network” and “The Hurt Locker”), it typically is one of the more adventurous and idiosyncratic groups. Last year its choice for best actress was a tie between eventual Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” and nominee Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour,” but its three previous best-actress winners were Yoon Jeong-hee for “Poetry,” Kim Hye-ja for “Mother” and Yolande Moreau for “Seraphine,” all of whom went unmentioned in most other year-end awards.
Over the years, the LAFCA has proven to be a notably bad predictor of Oscar success. Only seven times in the group’s 37-year history has its choice agreed with the Academy’s pick for Best Picture – and since its back-to-back matches with “Unforgiven” and “Schindler’s List” in 1992 and 1993, LAFCA has gone 19 years with only a single case of agreement, for “The Hurt Locker” in 2009.
Last year’s winner was “Amour.” Other recent LAFCA winners include “The Descendants,” “The Social Network,” “WALL-E,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Sideways.”
Best Supporting Actor: (tie) Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club,” James Franco, “Spring Breakers”
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Runner up: June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Best Animation: “Ernest & Celestine”
Runner up: “The Wind Rises”
Best Documentary: “Stories We Tell”
Runner up: “The Act of Killing”
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Gravity”
Runner up: Bruno Delbonnel, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger, “Gravity”
Runner up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery, “Upstream Color”
Best Production Design: K.K. Barrett, “Her”
Runner up: Jess Gonchor, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Best Music Score: T Bone Burnett, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Runner up: Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett, “Her”
Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: “Cabinets of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce”
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