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Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) Preview and Predictions

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association announces their winner tomorrow, on the heels of the recent NYFCC and NBR winners. Those two organizations chose Boyhood and A Most Violent Year, respectively. The Gold Rush Gang thinks LAFCA will side with New York and choose Boyhood as 2014’s top film.

Looking at our predictions there is complete alignment in Best Picture (Boyhood), Best Director (Richard Linklater, Boyhood), Best Actor (Michael Keaton, Birdman) and Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons, Whiplash). But it’s Best Actress and Best Screenplay that sees a real fight going on. Although most of the Gold Rush Gang have chosen Julianne Moore in Still Alice to prevail, Matt M and Peter have two outliers ready to spoil. Best Screenplay is the most diverse with four different picks, highly unusual for this late in the predictions. Birdman has the most votes with three but who will come out triumphant tomorrow?

Matt L didn’t submit his predictions in time for this piece and you can listen to today’s podcast for Richard’s picks.

The list:

Best Picture
Boyhood – Erik, Alexander, David, Evan, Jason, Kenneth, Matt M, Peter

Best Director
Richard Linklater, Boyhood – Erik, David, Evan, Kenneth, Matt M, Peter

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, Birdman – Erik, Alexander, David, Evan, Jason, Kenneth, Matt M, Peter

Best Actress
Anne Dorval, Mommy – Matt M
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night – Peter
Julianne Moore, Still Alice – Erik, Alexander, David, Evan, Jason, Kenneth

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – Erik, Alexander, David, Evan, Jason, Kenneth, Matt M, Peter

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – Erik, David, Evan, Jason, Kenneth, Matt M, Peter
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year – Alexander

Best Screenplay
Birdman – Alexander, David, Jason, Matt M
Inherent Vice – Evan, Kenneth
A Most Violent Year – Peter
Mr. Turner – Erik

Best Cinematography
Mr. Turner – Erik, Alexander, David, Evan, Jason, Kenneth, Matt M, Peter
Birdman – Birdman

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Erik, Alexander, David, Evan, Kenneth, Peter
Mr. Turner – Matt M

Best Editing
Birdman – Alexander, Matt M
Boyhood – David, Evan, Peter
Whiplash – Erik, Jason, Kenneth

Best Music Score
Under the Skin – Erik, Alexander, David, Evan, Jason, Kenneth, Matt M, Peter

Best Foreign-Language Film
Leviathan – Alexander
Mommy – Matt M
Two Days, One Night – Erik, David, Evan, Jason, Kenneth, Peter

Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
Citizenfour – Erik, Alexander, David, Evan, Jason, Kenneth, Matt M, Peter

Best Animation
The LEGO Movie – Alexander, David, Kenneth
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Erik, Evan, Jason, Matt M, Peter

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association), the International Press Academy and is the founder/editor of AwardsWatch.