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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

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The 35th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards was held this weekend at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles. The LAFCA is comprised of Los Angeles-based, professional film critics who work in the Los Angeles print and electronic media. LAist was out covering the red carpet of the event and talked with some of the award winners about how they first got involved with their projects and how it feels to be honored by some of the toughest critics in Hollywood.

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Director Louie Psihoyos’ film The Cove tied for Best Documentary/Nonfiction Film with The Beaches of Agnes.

Psihoyos: I went to a marine mammal conference down in San Diego and there were a lot of dry P.H.D.’s giving speeches on the problems facing the ocean and Ric O’Barry was supposed to be a keynote speaker on a video night. Then at the last minute the sponsors of the event, SeaWorld, wouldn’t let him talk and I thought, “Well that’s interesting. Why won’t they let the Flipper guy talk?” So I called him up and asked why they wouldn’t let him talk, he was going to talk about the captive dolphin industry and how it causes the largest slaughter of dolphins on the planet, and I’d never heard of the captive dolphin industry. I never thought about where these animals come from.