Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards / Best Picture

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Winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association award for Best Picture . The American Film Critics Association is one of the first to announce its awards for the best film productions and filmmakers of the current calendar year each year at the beginning of December, which are presented about a month later, in early or mid-January.

The most successful in this category were the American film directors Alexander Payne and Steven Spielberg , whose films each received three awards. The film critics' association was able to present the Oscar winner eleven times in advance, most recently in 2020, with the award of the award to the South Korean contribution Parasite .

The most successful with five prizes won in one year were Robert Benton's Kramer versus Kramer , James L. Brooks ' Time of Tenderness , Martin Scorsese's Good Fellas - Three Decades in the Mafia , Clint Eastwood's Merciless and Alexander Payne's Sideways , who also took second place in 2004 in the leading actor category. Jane Campion's drama Das Piano also received five awards, but in 1993 it failed to win the main prize. A win for a filmmaker, similar to the Academy Awards so far, has not been achieved. In 2008, with the victory of Andrew Stanton's WALL · E - The Last Cleansing Up, an animated film was chosen as the best film of the year for the first time. In 2012, Michael Haneke's French-language film Liebe was awarded for the first time by a director from German-speaking countries. The production later won an Oscar for best foreign language film.

Award winners

Notes: In some years there was an ex-aequo result and thus two winners. Since 2004, second-placed films have also been announced by the LAFCA jury.

year Award winners German title Director
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Dog days Sidney Lumet
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ¹ One flew over the cuckoo's nest Miloš Forman
1976 Network Network Sidney Lumet
Rocky ¹ Rocky John G. Avildsen
1977 Starwars war of stars George Lucas
1978 Coming home Coming Home - you are coming home Hal Ashby
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer ¹ Kramer versus Kramer Robert Benton
1980 Raging Bull Like a wild bull Martin Scorsese
1981 Atlantic City Atlantic City, USA Louis Malle
1982 ET the Extra-Terrestrial ET - The Alien Steven Spielberg
1983 Terms of Endearment ¹ Time of tenderness James L. Brooks
1984 Amadeus ¹ Amadeus Miloš Forman
1985 Brazil Brazil Terry Gilliam
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters Hannah and her sisters Woody Allen
1987 Hope & Glory Hope and Glory John Boorman
1988 Little Dorrit Little Dorrit Christine Edzard
1989 Do the right thing Do the right thing Spike Lee
1990 Goodfellas Good Fellas - Three decades in the Mafia Martin Scorsese
1991 Bugsy Bugsy Barry Levinson
1992 Unforgiven ¹ Merciless Clint Eastwood
1993 Schindler's List ¹ Schindlers List Steven Spielberg
1994 pulp Fiction pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Leaving Las Vegas Mike Figgis
1996 Secrets & Lies Lies and secrets Mike Leigh
1997 LA Confidential LA Confidential Curtis Hanson
1998 Saving Private Ryan The soldier James Ryan Steven Spielberg
1999 The Insider insider Michael Mann
2000 臥虎藏龍 (Wòhǔ Cánglóng) ² Tiger and Dragon Ang Lee
2001 In the bedroom In the bedroom Todd Field
2002 About Schmidt About Schmidt Alexander Payne
2003 American Splendor American Splendor Shari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini
2004 Sideways Sideways Alexander Payne
2005 Brokeback Mountain Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima Letters from Iwo Jima Clint Eastwood
2007 There Will Be Blood There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson
2008 WALL-E WALL · E - The last one is cleaning up the earth Andrew Stanton
2009 The Hurt Locker ¹ Deadly Command - The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow
2010 The social network The social network David Fincher
2011 The Descendants The Descendants - family and other affairs Alexander Payne
2012 Amour² love Michael Haneke
2013 Gravity Gravity Alfonso Cuarón
Her Her Spike Jonze
2014 Boyhood Boyhood Richard Linklater
2015 Spotlight ¹ Spotlight Tom McCarthy
2016 Moonlight ¹ Moonlight Barry Jenkins
2017 Call Me by Your Name Call Me by Your Name Luca Guadagnino
2018 Roma ² Roma Alfonso Cuarón
2019 Parasite ¹ Parasite Bong Joon-ho

¹ = later film productions, the Oscar as Best Picture of the Year won
² = film productions, later the Oscar as a foreign language Best Picture of the Year won

Runner-up films

  1. 2004 occupied the later Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby by Clint Eastwood a second place
  2. In 2005, the film took A History of Violence by David Cronenberg second place
  3. In 2006, the film took the Queen by Stephen Frears second place
  4. ↑ In 2007, the film Butterfly and Diving Bell by Julian Schnabel took second place
  5. ↑ In 2008 the film The Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan took second place
  6. In 2009, the film took Up in the Air by Jason Reitman second place
  7. ↑ In 2010, the film Carlos - The Jackal by Olivier Assayas took a second place
  8. 2011, the film took The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick second place
  9. 2012 film took The Master of Paul Thomas Anderson second place
  10. ↑ In 2014 the film Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson took second place
  11. 2015, the film took Mad Max: Fury Road by George Miller to second place
  12. 2016, the film took La La Land by Damien Chazelle second place
  13. 2017, the film took The Florida Project by Sean Baker to second place
  14. 2018, the film took Burning of Lee Chang-dong second place
  15. ↑ In 2019 the film The Irishman by Martin Scorsese took second place