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LA critics honour Firth for role

Colin Firth and Facebook drama The Social Network have been honoured by Hollywood film critics.

The Social Network was picked as the year's best picture by the influential Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Their best-actor prize went to Colin Firth for the British monarchy tale The King's Speech, while Kim Hye-ja won best actress for the South Korean drama Mother.

The runners-up were Edgar Ramirez for the terrorist epic Carlos and Jennifer Lawrence for the Ozarks crime thriller Winter's Bone.

Overseas crime dramas won the other acting honours: Jacki Weaver as supporting actress for Australia's Animal Kingdom and Niels Arestrup as supporting actor for France's A Prophet.

The runners-up were Olivia Williams for the thriller The Ghost Writer and Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech.

In a tie vote, the directing prize was shared by David Fincher for The Social Network and Olivier Assayas for Carlos, which also was the best-picture runner-up. Carlos won for best foreign-language film, and the runner-up was Mother.

The Social Network, which stars Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, won two other honours: Aaron Sorkin earned the best-screenplay prize, while composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross shared the award for best musical score with Alexandre Desplat for The Ghost Writer.

The runner-up for best screenplay was David Seidler for The King's Speech, which stars Firth as Queen Elizabeth II's father, George VI, as he struggles to overcome a debilitating stammer.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen's blockbuster Toy Story 3 was chosen as best animated film, while French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist was runner-up. Winners, including career-achievement recipient Paul Mazursky, will be honoured at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 15.

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