Monday, January 9, 2012

‘The Descendants’ leads KC Film Critics’ winners


By Steve Crum

Alexander Payne’s serio-comic The Descendants was awarded Best Film among 25 nominees at Sunday night’s (Jan. 8) voting of The James Loutzenhiser Awards by Kansas City Film Critics Circle members. The movie, directed and co-written by Payne, stars George Clooney as a Hawaiian-based attorney dealing with a land development issue as well as his two daughters and comatose wife. Clooney was named Best Actor.

Terrence Malick’s controversial The Tree of Life garnered a Best Director win. Officially, it is named The Robert Altman Award for Best Directing, due to Altman’s Kansas City roots. The movie also won for Best Supporting Actress, Jessica Chastain.

The complete list of winners:

BEST FILM...THE DESCENDANTS
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTING...TERRENCE MALICK
BEST ACTOR...GEORGE CLOONEY (The Descendants)
BEST ACTRESS...KIRSTEN DUNST (Melancholia)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR...CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Beginners)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS...JESSICA CHASTAIN (The Tree of Life)
BEST ANIMATED FILM...RANGO
BEST FOREIGN FILM...A SEPARATION
BEST DOCUMENTARY...CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY...BEGINNERS
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY...MONEYBALL
VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY OR HORROR FILM...HUGO

The last award is in tribute to long-time KCFCC critic and sci-fi, fantasy, horror fan, the late Vince Koehler. The James Loutzenhiser Awards is named for the late Dr. James Loutzenhiser, founder of the KCFCC.
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Presenting The Descendants' trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWHNXJ1K4yA

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