The organization represents critics who review motion pictures for various regional radio, tv, cable, on-line and newspaper outlets.
This year’s BEST PICTURE award by the K.C. critics went to THE MASTER, a 1950’s set drama that centers on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as The Master whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America and the young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams and was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
BEST DIRECTOR honors went to Ang Lee for his LIFE OF PI. Lee bested Paul Thomas Anderson by just one vote.
Another close vote played out in the BEST ACTOR category where Daniel Day Lewis won the category for LINCOLN by just one vote over Joaquin Phoenix.
BEST ACTRESS honors for the year were awarded to Jennifer Lawrence in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.
In the BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR category, Kansas City’s finest chose Philip Seymour Hoffman as THE MASTER, while Anne Hathaway took top prize in the category for LES MISERABLE. (Les Mis opens here on Christmas Day.)
Other cinematic honors bestowed by Kansas City’s critics included BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY which went to THE MASTER as written by Paul Thomas Anderson. And Ben Affleck‘s ARGO won for BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY written for the screen by Chris Terrio.
Additional achievements in film honored by the KCFCC included Tim Burton‘s FRANKENWEENIE for BEST ANIMATED FILM.
Austria’s AMOUR was selected as BEST FOREIGN FILM.
THE IMPOSTER earned BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE honors. And this year’s special Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film went to THE CABIN IN THE WOODS—beating out THE AVENGERS by a single vote.
For the record, I’m a voting member of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle.