Honors from ‘enemy’

LAFCA awards dinner shows love, not hate

Kudos were flying during Wednesday night’s Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards dinner, but that love-hate relationship between pic critics and thesps was still very much alive.

“The moment I left my mother’s womb, she looked down at me and said, ‘You must remember this — always be nice to film critics,'” said best supporting actor winner Christopher Plummer of “The Insider.” “But after tonight, how could I not be? It’s always nice to be honored by the enemy.”

And best actor winner Russell Crowe, and star of “The Insider,” bit a little at the hands that fed him, joking, “It was bloody lovely that I fly all the way here and come up to a cash bar.”

Retracting some, Crowe added when receiving his award, “I was thinking long and hard about what I was going to say — and I have to be careful about what I say in front of you — so … thanks!”

Others, like helmer-producer Michael Mann and his co-producer Pieter Jan Brugge, who accepted the best picture plaque on behalf of “The Insider,” felt indebted to LAFCA: “The award is an honor because the embrace of this picture by the L.A. Film Critics came at a time when the picture was under attack by several corporations.”

And Trey Parker, who shared the LAFCA best music/score nod with Marc Shaiman for “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut,” was appreciative as well, “This group has been really supportive of us over the last two years, starting with ‘The Spirit of Christmas,'” which he co-created with Matt Stone.

But, “I really have to thank Marc, who took my stupid little songs and turned them into this — a 10-piece orchestra playing “Uncle Fucka,” that was the highlight of my life.”

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