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'The Master', 'Argo' Win Big at LA Film Critics Association's 2012 Awards

By Alicia Lutes, Hollywood.com Staff

It was a big and varied year for movies in 2012, and this year's LA Film Critics Association's winners and runners-up are proof of just that.

Founded in 1975, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA for short and those who like humorous-sounding acronyms) is comprised of Los Angeles-based film critics working in the town's print and electronic media. Every December, these members get together to ""vote on the year's Achievement Awards, honoring screen excellence on both sides of the camera."" The group live-tweeted the winners on their Twitter account as they were decided.

This year saw a lot of heavy-hitters coming to play—with huge films such as Argo and Silver Linings Playbook and The Master all bringing major awards-season buzz to the table—as well as more independent fare such as Amour and Holy Motors holding their own. And those accolades proved to be advantageous, as all three films picked up multiple wins and runners-up spots in Sunday morning's ""spirited vote."" Perhaps the biggest surprise of all, though, was the near-shut-out of Les Misérables, earning no more than a runner-up spot for the much-buzzed-about work of Anne Hathaway in the Best Supporting Actress role of Fantine.

Another surprise? The big-ticket wins for Amour, the Michael Haneke-directed foreign film that snapped up both Best Picture and Best Actress wins: Emmanuelle Riva tied with Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence for the top spot for leading ladies.

Check out the full list of winners and runners-up below:

BEST PICTURE:

Winner: Amour

Runner-Up: The Master

BEST ACTOR:

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Runner-up: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

BEST ACTRESS:

Winner (tie): Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook and

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Winner: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Winner: Amy Adams, The Master

Runner-up: Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises and Les Misérables

NEW GENERATION AWARD:

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST DIRECTOR:

Winner: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SCREENPLAY:

Winner: Chris Terrio, Argo

Runner-up: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Winner: Holy Motors

Runner-up: Footnote

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

Winner: David Crank and Jack Fisk, The Master

Runner-up: Adam Stockhausen, Moonrise Kingdom

BEST MUSIC SCORE:

Winner: Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Runner-up: Jonny Greenwood, The Master

BEST ANIMATION:

Winner: Frankenweenie

Runner-up: It's Such a Beautiful Day

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

Winner: The Gatekeepers

Runner-up: Searching for Sugar Man

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Winner: Roger Deakins, Skyfall

Runner-up: Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master

BEST EDITING:

Winner: Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty

Runner-up: William Goldenberg, Argo

What do you think of this year's winners? Surprised to see who won and who lost? Let us know in the comments!

[Photo Credit: Warner Brothers]

Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes

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