LAFCA

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LAFCALos Angeles Film Critics Association
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Forty-two members of LAFCA - which is comprised of print and online movie reviewers from the Southern California area - attended all or part of Sunday's awards voting in Santa Monica.
Thirteen of the 15 movies that LAFCA has honored in both categories -- a list that runs from "Dog Day Afternoon" to "Sideways" -- have gone on to win a best picture nomination.
In light of the court ruling which has lifted the ban, even if just temporarily, and the fact that various film companies are now allowed to send out screeners, that meets the criteria we had'' for reinstating the LAFCA awards, Oppenheimer said.
LAFCA had announced last month that it was canceling its annual awards, officials stating that it would be impossible for their members to see all of the eligible films in time for award deadlines.
The LAFCA action was nearly unanimous among the 30 members present at a Saturday meeting, one of the three regularly scheduled meetings the group has each year.
Noting that she recently gave birth to her second child and had previously been honored by LAFCA the year in which she had her first, Moore enthused, ``I feel like if I keep having babies, maybe I'll keep coming back
In selecting ``Shrek,'' LAFCA members ignored the recommendation of the animation subcommittee to give the prize to ``Monsters, Inc.
A special citation was also approved in honor of LAFCA founder and former president Charles Champlin's contributions to the group and to film criticism.
Some LAFCA members will introduce screenings or lead discussions afterward.
Steven Spielberg's graphically violent D-Day epic was the only film to win three LAFCA awards.
LAFCA runners-up included ``The Sweet Hereafter'' for best picture, director (Atom Egoyan) and cinematography; Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, both stars of the upcoming comedy ``As Good as it Gets,'' in the lead acting categories; ``Titanic's'' Gloria Stuart and ``L.
The only other 1996 film to win multiple awards from LAFCA was Jane Campion's adaptation of the Henry James novel ``The Portrait of a Lady,'' which took best supporting actress for Barbara Hershey and tied ``Evita'' for the production design award.