UPDATE, 2:11 PM: Alexander Payne’s The Descendants won Best Picture in voting Sunday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association that grew increasingly contentious as the day wore on. One member identified as Amy Nicholson tweeted afterward, “While the morning vote went fast, LAFCA awards now bogged down by fighting. No fisticuffs yet, but I did just yell “Chaos!” In any case the voting is complete. Terrence Malick took the nod for Best Director for The Tree Of Life. Top acting honors went to Michael Fassbender for his work over four movies including Shame and X-Men First Class and Yun Jun-hee for Poetry.
PREVIOUSLY, 1:17 PM: Los Angeles Critics Association voting on this season’s best films is in progress (refresh for updates):

BEST PICTURE, Winner: “The Descendants.”
Runner-Up: “The Tree of Life.”

BEST ANIMATION, Winner: “Rango.”
Runner-Up: “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.”

BEST DIRECTOR, Winner: Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life.”
Runner-Up: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo.”

BEST ACTOR, Winner: Michael Fassbender, “A Dangerous Method,” “Jane Eyre,” “Shame,” “X-Men: First Class.”
Runner-Up: Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter.”

BEST ACTRESS, Winner: Yun Jung-hee, “Poetry.”
Runner-Up: Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia.”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, Winner: “City of Life and Death.”
Runner-Up: “A Separation.”

BEST INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL: “Spark of Being.”

BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION, Winner: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”
Runner- Up, “The Arbor.”

BEST SCREENPLAY, Winner: Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation.”
Runner-Up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, Winner: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”
Runner-Up: Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult.”

BEST SUPPORTING. ACTRESS, Winner: Jessica Chastain, “Coriolanus,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “Tree of Life”
Runner-Up: Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs.”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life.”
Runner-Up: Cao Yu, “City of Life and Death.”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN, Winner: Dante Ferretti, “Hugo.”
Runner-Up: Maria Djurkovic, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

BEST MUSIC/SCORE, Winner: The Chemical Brothers, “Hanna.”
Runner-Up: Cliff Martinez, “Drive.”

NEW GENERATION: The creative team behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond and Elizabeth Olsen)

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