LA movie critics choose ‘Drive My Car’ as best of the year

It was a showdown between “Drive My Car” by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and “The Power of the Dog” by Jane Campion for members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, but the group managed to hand the honors back to both on Saturday.

The Japanese film “Drive My Car” was named best picture and “The Power of the Dog”, a Western drama set in 1925, was a finalist. Campion, meanwhile, received the award for best director with Hamaguchi as a finalist.

Simon Rex chose Best Actor for her turn as a former pornstar in Sean Baker’s “Red Rocket” and Penelope Cruz was named Best Actress for playing a photographer and a new mother in Pedro’s “Parallel Mothers” Almodóvar.

The supporting actress went to Ariana DeBose, who plays Anita in “West Side Story”, while the supporting actor was a connection between Vincent London for “Titanium” and Kodi Smit-McPhee for “The Power of the Dog” .

The non-fiction film “Flee”, about an Afghan refugee, won the award for best animated film, while the documentary award went to Questlove’s “Summer of Soul,” which chronicles a widely held music festival. forgotten in the summer of 1969.

“Our awards span many fields and genres and they span the globe as well,” said Claudia Puig, president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. “We are delighted to spread our love and appreciation for this line of exceptional films.”

The LA group aren’t the first to single out “Drive My Car,” about a widowed actor and director and the relationship he develops with his driver, who made his Cannes Film Festival debut earlier. This year. The New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics also awarded Best Picture to “Drive My Car”. It also won the Best International Feature Film award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

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