December 14, 2010 08:44
Korean actress Kim Hye-ja, 69, was named the best actress of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for her role in "Mother." The film by director Bong Joon-ho was the runner-up for best foreign language film in the 36th annual LAFCA awards, announced Sunday.
It is the first time that a Korean actress has won the best actress prize since the LAFCA awards started in 1975. Chosen by film critics who contribute to the L.A.-based press, the awards are often considered a predictor for the Academy Awards along with Golden Globe Awards.
"Mother" is a story about a mother's search for a killer who framed her son for a horrific murder. After its premiere in Korea last year, it was released to glowing reviews in the U.S. this year.
The best picture prize went to David Fincher's "The Social Network," a film about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, while Colin Firth picked up the best actor prize for his performance in "The King's Speech."
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