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The Lafca (Los Angeles Film Critics Association) is inarguably an important critics prize in terms of influence and reach to AMPAS. Why? The answer is three fold. First, geography. Second, they're an institution having handed out prizes since 1975 (Dog Day Afternoon + One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was their inaugural best picture decision and their last tie ever for the top prize) Third, they don't stray too far from Oscar's own aesthetics which surely makes them more accessible to voters. In short they're more likely to gently nudge voters than shout bold statements at them.  In their 38 year history to date they've only given their Best Film prize to movies that didn't end up competing for Best Picture 7 times.

Only Lafca Winners Not To Enjoy Oscar "Best Pic" Nods

Brazil (1985)

Little Dorritt (1988)

Do The Right Thing (1989)

Leaving Las Vegas (1995, surely in the dread 6th position w/ Oscar)

About Schmidt (2002)

American Splendor »

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