Everything Everywhere All At Once TÁR

Source: Allyson Riggs, courtesy of A24 / Florian Hoffmeister, Focus Features

Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) has named Everything Everywhere All At Once and TÁR joint winners of its best film of 2022 awards and honoured Cate Blanchett (TÁR) and Bill Nighy (Living) as best lead performers in its first year of gender-neutral acting awards.

Todd Field was named best director and screenplay, while Jerzy Skolimowski’s Polish Oscar submission EO was named best film not in the English language and also won best cinematography for Michael Dymek’s work. Claire Denis is the annual lifetime achievement honoree.

While LAFCA’s best film choices are not an especially reliable bellwether of Oscars success, the attention will bring further heft to the ongoing awards season campaigns behind Focus Features’ TÁR and A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once.

TÁR recently took the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) best film award and was named one of the 10 best films of the year by AFI. Blanchett won the Coppa Volpi best actress prize in Venice where the film received its world premiere, while Field won the best screenplay prize at the Gothams and is among the film’s seven Spirit Awards nominees.

Everything Everywhere All At Once won best feature and supporting performance for Ke Huy Quan at the Gothams, best actress for Michelle Yeoh from the National Board Of Review, best supporting actor for Ke Huy Quan from the NYFCC, and is in contention for eight Spirit Awards. It was also among the AFI’s top 10 films of the year.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association unveils the Golden Globe nominees on Monday and the Academy announces Oscar nominees on January 24 2023.

Meanwhile Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio and Laura Poitras’s Venice Golden Lion winner All The Beauty And The Bloodshed won for animation and documentary, respectively.

LAFCA president Claudia Puig hailed Denis as “one of the best living film auteurs and a master at depicting the identity crises faced by both the coloniser and the colonised”, adding: “A distinctive sociopolitical point of view and anti-patriarchal sensibility infuse her work, which is deeply evocative — often tender and intimate but never sentimental — and always uncompromising.”

The group will host its first in-person awards ceremony in three years on January 14 2023.

LAFCA 2022 LAFCA winners in full: 

Best Film (tie)
Everything Everywhere All At Once, TÁR 

Best Director
Todd Field, TÁR
Runner-up: S.S. Rajamouli, RRR

Best Lead Performance
Cate Blanchett, TÁR and Bill Nighy, Living
Runners-up: Danielle Deadwyler, Till, Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Supporting Performer
Dolly de Leon, Triangle Of Sadness, Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All At Once
Runners-up: Jessie Buckley, Women Talking, Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway

Best Screenplay
Todd Field, TÁR
Runner-up: Martin McDonagh, The Banshees Of Inisherin

Best Cinematography
Michael Dymek, EO
Runner-up: Hoyte van Hoytema, Nope

Best Music/Score
M.M. Keeravani, RRR
Runner-up: Paweł Mykietyn, EO

Best Production Design
Dylan Cole and Ben Procter, Avatar: The Way Of Water
Runner-up: Jason Kisvarday, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Editing
Blair McClendon, Aftersun
Runner-up: Monika Willi, TÁR

Best film not in the English language
Runner-up: Saint Omer

Best Animation
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Runner-up: Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

Best Documentary/Nonfiction
All The Beauty And The Bloodshed
Runner-up: Fire Of Love

Douglas Edwards Experimental Film Prize
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