The Los Angeles Film Critics Association went a different direction from its New York counterpart in naming its choice for the year’s best film, selecting the class satire “Parasite” for the honor while also naming its director, Bong Joon Ho, as best director.
The move followed the selection of Martin Scorsese’s mob epic “The Irishman” as the best film of 2019 by the New York critics, as we reported last week. The AP reports that the Scorsese movie came in second among the L.A. critics.
“’Parasite’ actor Song Kang Ho, who plays the patriarch of a family of con artists who infiltrate a wealthy family’s home, was also awarded best supporting actor by the critics association,” the AP notes, adding: “Best actress went to Mary Kay Place, star of Kent Jones’ acclaimed low-budget character study ‘Diane.’ Antonio Banderas, star of Pedro Almodovar’s self-reflective drama ‘Pain and Glory,’ took best actor. Best supporting actress was awarded to Jennifer Lopez for Lorene Scafaria’s stripper crime drama ‘Hustlers.’”
The L.A. awards will be presented Jan. 11. Click on the link above to the AP story to see a full list of the winners.