Kim Hye-ja named best actress by LA critics
Korean actress Kim Hye-ja was named best actress by the Los Angeles Critics Association, an influential group of American film critics.
The 69-year-old won the coveted prize awarded annually for her role in Bong Joon-ho’s crime drama “Mother,” alongside Colin Firth for the British monarchy tale “The King’s Speech.”
Kim played the role of a feverishly devoted mother who tries to save her son from being imprisoned for murder. Jennifer Lawrence was the runner-up for best actress for the Ozarks crime thriller “Winter’s Bone.”
Along with the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles reviewers’ awards are among the key critical picks that help single out potential favorites in the buildup to the Feb. 27, 2011 Academy Awards. Top critics groups usually pick different films from the Oscars, often going to smaller, even obscure releases.