The voting for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s (LAFCA) best films and best performances of 2020 is underway — virtually of course — on Sunday. The awards will be announced via the voting body’s Twitter account. The group is led by Claudia Puig as president, with more than 60 other journalists comprising the voters. The LAFCA vote arrives on the heels of Friday’s New York Film Critics Circle announcements, which crowned Kelly Reichardt’s “First Cow” as the best film of the year, and Chloe Zhao as the best director of the year for “Nomadland,” among many other prizes. Among most critics’ groups, these two films seem to be jockeying for the top slot so far.
These awards are a chance for LA voters to shine a light on under-appreciated gems, or throw support behind films already gaining steam in a long awards season ahead. With the Oscars delayed until April 25, there’s still plenty of time for new films, or even forgotten ones, to surface and make an impact. As December winds to a close, critics will also be filing their year-end top 10 lists, another opportunity to bring attention to worthy movies.
Last year’s big LAFCA prize went to Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” and he also won best director. Those wins went on to repeat at the 2020 Academy Awards. LAFCA’s more idiosyncratic choices last year included Antonio Banderas for Best Actor for “Pain and Glory,” and Mary Kay Place for Best Actress for “Diane.” In 2018, “Roma” took LAFCA’S Best Picture prize, with Debra Granik taking Best Director for “Leave No Trace.”
As previously announced for this year, the recipients of LAFCA’s 2020 Career Achievement award will be Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Harry Belafonte. Meanwhile, legend Norman Lloyd will be honored with the organization’s first-ever Legacy Award.
Voting for LAFCA’s best films of 2020 begins at 10 a.m. PT, so check back for updates.
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