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Joaquin Phoenix Named Best Actor By Los Angeles Film Critics

Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor today for his portrayal of a World War II vet seeking answers in The Master by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Runner-up was Denis Lavant for Holy Motors.

Amy Adams was selected best supporting actress for her performance as a quietly forceful wife in The Master. Runner-up was Anne Hathaway for both The Dark Knight Rises and Les Miserables. 

Dwight Henry was named best supporting actor for playng the struggling father in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Christoph Waltz was runner-up for his bounty hunter in Django Unchained. Beasts also won the award for best score by Dan Romer and the film's director Benh Zeitlin.

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie took the prize for best animation. Dror Moreh's The Gatekeepers, which features interviews with six former heads of the Israeli security agency, was named best documentary.

The critics group is meeting today to vote its annual awards.

LAFCA previously announced that it will honor documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman with its career achievement award when it holds its awards ceremony on Jan. 12 at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Todays winners will be posted below as they are announced.

Supporting actress: Amy Adams, The Master. Runner-up: Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight RisesLes Miserables.

Supporting actor: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained.

Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo. Runner-up: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook.

Animation: Frankenweenie. Runner-up, It's Such a Beautiful Day

Documentary: The Gatekeepers. Runner-up: Searching for Sugar Man.

Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Skyfall. Runner-up: Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master.

Film Editing:  Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty. Runner-up: William Goldenberg, Argo.

Score: Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Runner-up: Johnny Greenwood, The Master.

Production design: David Crank, Jack Fisk, The Master.  Runner-up: Adam Stockhausen, Moonrise Kingdom.

Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: Leviathan.