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

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The Descendants
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

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