‘Tár’ and ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Named Best Picture by L.A. Film Critics
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has named both Everything Everywhere All at Once and Tár as its best picture for 2022.
On Sunday, the critics association announced its winners for the best films of 2022. Living actor Bill Nighly and Tár star Cate Blanchett were both named best lead performance. This was the first year that LAFCA introduced gender-neutral acting categories, including two awards for best lead performance and two for best supporting performance.
Tár took home several awards, including Todd Field being named best director and best screenplay.
The best supporting performance went to Dolly De Leon in Triangle of Sadness and Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO won the best film not in the English language, and Laura Poitras’ All The Beauty And The Bloodshed won the best documentary/nonfiction film.
The best animated movie went to Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio and EO’s Michał Dymek took home best cinematography.
The organization previously chose writer and director Claire Denis as the recipient of this year’s career achievement award. Denis made her filmmaking debut in 1988 with Chocolat. Some of her other film credits include Beau Travail (1999), The Intruder (2004), 35 Shots of Rum (2008) and White Material (2009). During her career, Denis has received several international festival prizes and also won the Berlin International Film Festival’s directing prize for Both Sides of the Blade and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival for Stars at Noon.
“We are thrilled to be honoring Claire Denis, one of the best living film auteurs and a master at depicting the identity crises faced by both the colonizer and the colonized,” LAFCA president Claudia Puig said prior to the event. “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 Los Angeles Film Critics Association includes Los Angeles-based professional film critics working in print and electronic media. Members hold their annual awards vote to honor screen excellence on and off the camera.
For the first time in three years, the organization is holding an in-person awards event on Jan. 14, 2023, to honor the winners.
A full list of winners follows.
Best Picture (tie): Everything Everywhere All at Once and Tár
Best Film Not in the English Language: EO
Runner-Up: Saint Omer
Best Director: Todd Field, Tár
Runner-Up: S.S. Rajamouli
Best Documentary/Nonfiction: All The Beauty And The Bloodshed
Runner-Up: Fire of Love
Best Lead Performance: Cate Blanchett, Tár and Bill Nighy, Living
Runner-Up: Danielle Deadwyler, Till and Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Screenplay: Todd Field, Tár
Runner-Up: Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
Best Animation: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Runner-Up: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Best Editing: Blair McClendon, Aftersun
Runner-Up: Monika Willi, Tár
Best Production Design: Dylan Cole and Ben Procter, Avatar: The Way of Water
Runner-Up: Jason Kisvarday, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Music/Score: M.M. Keeravani, RRR
Runner-Up: Paweł Mykietyn, EO
Best Supporting Performer: Dolly De Leon, Triangle of Sadness and Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Runner-Up: Jessie Buckley, Women Talking and Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway
Best Cinematography: Michał Dymek, EO
Runner-Up: Hoyte van Hoytema, Nope
New Generation: Davy Chou and Park Ji-Min, Return to Seoul
Career Achievement Award: Claire Denis
Douglas Edwards Experimental Film Prize: De Humani Corporis Fabrica
Special Citation: Gwen Deglise, deputy director and co-director of programming at American Cinematheque