'Parasite' crowned best picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced its 2019 winners for the best in film Sunday with top honors going to Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite."

The black-comedy thriller about greed and class discrimination took home awards for best picture and director, beating out Netflix's pricey epic "The Irishman" from director Martin Scorsese in both categories.

"Parasite" also took home an award for supporting actor Song Kang Ho for his role as a scheming patriarch of a poor Seoul family and was awarded runner-up recognition in the screenwriting and production design categories.

Scorsese's "The Irishman" was also shown love at the annual deliberations, earning recognition as runner-up for best picture, director and supporting actor Joe Pesci.

The lead actor award went to Antonio Banderas for his performance as a film director in physical decline in "Pain and Glory," which was also declared best foreign-language film. Banderas also won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for the role. Adam Driver was runner-up for "Marriage Story."

Mary Kay Place took lead actress for "Diane." Lupita Nyong'o was runner-up for "Us."


Jennifer Lopez won the supporting actress award for her role as a veteran stripper in "Hustlers." Zhao Shuzhen was declared runner-up for "The Farewell."

Noah Baumbach won the screenplay award for "Marriage Story" while Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won were runners-up for "Parasite."

The animation winner was Netflix's "I Lost My Body" with composer Dan Levy also taking home an award for composing the film's score. Disney's "Toy Story 4" was declared animation runner-up.

Barbara Ling won for production design for her work on "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" with Ha Jun Lee runner-up for her work on "Parasite."


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