Tinseltown film critics were split between space odyssey Gravity and futuristic romance Her, lending no more certainty to an awards season that has so far been full of contenders.
The two films shared best picture in the awards announced by the The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, but Gravity was the top award winner. The innovatively made, lost-in-space drama scooped best director (Alfonso Cuaron), best editing (Cuaron and Mark Sanger) and best cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) gongs.
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Early movie awards can help sort out the Academy Awards race, but they have been particularly varied this year. Last week, the New York Film Critics Circle named David O Russell\’s Abscam fictionalisation American Hustle best film. The National Board of Review picked Her. The Gotham Awards elected the Coen brothers\’ folk tale Inside Llewyn Davis as best film.
Meanwhile both the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Film Critics named 12 Years A Slave best picture. The LA critics also voiced its strong support for the film naming Lupita Nyong\’o best supporting actress, and giving a \”special citation\” to the film\’s creative team.
Other awards included Before Midnight for best screenplay, Stories We Tell for best documentary, and Ernest And Celestine for best animated film.