The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has stopped the Artist sweep in its tracks (for the time being at least…thank Jehovah for small favors) by handing its Best Picture award to Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants. LAFCA’s Best Picture Runner-Up was Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life. Here are the group’s final picks:

Best Picture: The Descendants.

Best Director: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life. (Runner-Up: Martin Scorsese, Hugo.)

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class. (Runner-Up: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter.)

Best Actress: Yun Jung-hee, Poetry. (Runner-Up: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia.)

Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, Tree of Life. Runner-Up: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs.

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners. Runner-Up: Patton Oswalt, Young Adult.

Best Music/Score: The Chemical Brothers, Hanna. Runner-Up: Cliff Martinez, Drive.

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life.

Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Hugo. Runner-Up: Maria Djurkovic, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.


Here are this morning’s New York Film Critics Online choices:

Best Picture: The Artist.

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist.

Best Actor: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter. (Runners-up: Michael Fassbender for Shame and Gary Oldman for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady.

Best Ensemble Cast: Bridesmaids.

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive.

Breakthrough Performer: Jessica ChastainThe Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, Coriolanus.

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life.

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants.

Best Use of Music: Ludovic Bource, The Artist.

Best Debut Director: Joe Cornish, Attack the Block.