'The Descendants,' Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain win L.A. film critics awards

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Image Credit: Merie Wallace

It’s been a busy day in Awards Season Land. Along with the AFI, Boston film critics, and New York online critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced its 2011 awards on Sunday. As is often the case with this group, it’s a somewhat eclectic mix with one or two left-field choices: The Descendants won best picture, its first major award this season. The Tree of Life‘s Terrence Malick won best director (and the film itself was runner-up for the LAFCA’s top prize). Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain won best actor and best supporting actress, respectively, but for all of their films released in 2011 — including, in Fassbender’s case, X-Men: First Class. And Yun Jung-hee was a surprise winner for Best Actress for Poetry, the South Korean cinema veteran’s first feature film since 1994.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Picture
The Descendants
(Runner-up: The Tree of Life)

Best Director
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
(Runner-up: Martin Scorsese, Hugo)

Best Actor
Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class
(Runner-up: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter)

Best Actress
Yun Jung-hee, Poetry
(Runner-up: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia)

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
(Runner-up: Patton Oswalt, Young Adult)

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, The Tree of Life
(Runner-up: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs)

Best Animated Film
Rango
(Runner-up: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn)

Best Documentary/Nonfiction Film
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
(Runner-up: The Arbor)

Best Foreign Language Film
City of Life and Death
(Runner-up: A Separation)

Best Screenplay
A Separation, Asghar Farhadi
(Runner-up: The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash)

Best Cinematography
The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki
(Runner-up: City of Life and Death, Cao Yu)

Best Production Design
Hugo, Dante Ferretti
(Runner-up: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Maria Djurkovic)

Best Music/Score
Hanna, The Chemical Brothers
(Runner-up: Drive, Cliff Martinez)

New Generation Award
The creative team behind Martha Marcy May Marlene (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond, and Elizabeth Olsen)

Best Independent/Experimental Film
Spark of Being

Read more:
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‘The Artist,’ Brad Pitt, Michelle Williams tops with Boston film critics
New York Online critics anoint ‘The Artist’

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