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Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: 'Gravity' ties with 'Her' for Best Picture, James Franco ties with Jared Leto

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named ties in three major categories Sunday. Gravity tied with Her for Best Picture, James Franco and Jared Leto tied for Best Supporting Actor for their performances in Spring Breakers and Dallas Buyers Club, and Cate Blanchett and Adèle Exarchopoulos tied for Best Actress for their work in Blue Jasmine and Blue is the Warmest Color.

The LAFCA did choose distinct winners in the other major acting categories. Bruce Dern was named Best Actor for his portrayal of Woody Grant in Nebraska, and Lupita Nyong’o picked up a supporting actress win for playing the tragic Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.

Gravity was the big winner beyond its Best Picture tie with Spike Jonze’s Her, walking away with nods for Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. Also of note, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tellrecently selected as one of the 15 docs on the Academy’s shortlist — won Best Documentary.

Noticeably absent from any recognition was David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which the New York Film Critics Circle named Best Picture; Sundance favorite and recent Gotham Awards-winner Fruitvale Station; and the Robert Redford survival pic All Is Lost.

Check out the full list of winners below.

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Sundance 2013: 'Primer's Shane Carruth returns to Sundance with 'Upstream Color'

The last time Shane Carruth was at Sundance in 2004, he brought his first film Primer, a movie about four corporate engineers who construct a scientifically-sound time-machine in the garage after-hours and proceed to experiment with time-jumping for profit. It cost only $7,000 to make, but it didn’t look or feel like it was made in someone’s garage, even though Carruth wrote, directed, produced, cast, scored, edited, provided sound and production design, and, oh yes, starred in the movie. It quickly became the buzzy must-see at that year’s festival, and it went home with the Grand Jury Prize.

Carruth hasn’t been stuck in a time loop since then, but it took nine years for him to deliver his second film, Upstream Color, which premiered at Sundance yesterday. In this surreal romantic-thriller that evokes the visual and acoustic stylings of Stanley Kubrick, a woman named Kris (Amy Seimetz) is abducted by thieves and implanted with a parasite that places her in a state of almost hypnotic compliance. When she recovers, with no real memory of what occurred, her life collapses. Until she meets Jeff (Carruth), who’s drawn to her for some reason he can’t explain. Together, they try to piece together their lives even as the universe seems to be conspiring against them.

Carruth was again a multi-hyphenate on Upstream Color, and this time, he’s even taken the next step and is supervising distribution as well. His movie will open in theaters on April 5 in New York at the IFC Center before expanding to other markets. He spoke to EW about his new movie and personifying the Sundance ethos. READ FULL STORY

Sundance Film Festival's 13 must-see movies

Awkward.

If there’s one word that unites many of the movies making their debuts at the Sundance Film Festival this year, that’s probably the best: Hilariously, beautifully, tragically awkward.

Imagine you’re a teenage kid in the merciless grip of puberty and your “new dad” turns to you one day and — by way of trying to help you manage your expectations with girls — informed you that, sorry … you’re kind of ugly.

Awkward.

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Sundance 2013: Watch the trailer for Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color' -- VIDEO

Director Shane Carruth made his debut at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival with Primer, a cryptic little movie that ended up taking home the Grand Jury Prize. Nine years later, he’s finally returned to the filmmaking scene with Upstream Color, which will have its world premiere on Jan. 21 at this year’s Sundance.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the film centers on a young woman who’s “seemingly brainwashed via an organic material harvested from a specific flower,” only to fall for another man who may have been subjected to the same treatment. “As a filmmaker you try to make a compelling case for an audience to stick around minute by minute with what is on the screen,” said Carruth in a release.

Check out the trailer for the film below: READ FULL STORY

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