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Actress Hüller (at the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin): Best Leading Role – Cross-Gender

Photo: Annette Riedl / dpa

German actress Sandra Hüller has received a critics' award in the USA, further expanding her chances in the current trophy competition. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) in Los Angeles honored Hüller, 45, on Sunday for her roles in "Anatomy of a Case" and "The Zone of Interest." Together with Hüller, Emma Stone was also chosen for her leading role in »Poor Things«.

The drama »The Zone of Interest« by British director Jonathan Glazer (read our review here) also won the awards for best film, director and music. It is about the life of concentration camp commander Rudolf Höß (Christian Friedel) and his family. Hüller plays Höss's wife Hedwig.

The legal drama »Anatomy of a Case« by French director Justine Triet won in the categories of non-English-language film and editing. In it, Hüller plays a writer who is accused of killing her husband in the house they shared.

Often, the winners of the critics' awards are also among the candidates for the Oscars ceremony in March. A year ago, the federation voted for "Tár" and "Everything Everywhere All at Once" as top films, the latter later winning the Oscar for Best Picture. The critics in New York recently awarded Franz Rogowski as best actor. On Monday afternoon, the nominations for the Golden Globe Awards will be announced.

Sandra Hüller already has a remarkable film award season: On Saturday evening she was awarded the European Film Award in Berlin. Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth described the actress as a "special stroke of luck for the German film industry". Sandra Hüllwer is "an exceptional actress who knows how to fill very different roles in a multifaceted way and with great intensity," said the Green politician on Sunday. She plumbs all the depths of the characters portrayed to the utmost.«

A special feature of the acting awards at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards is that this is the second time they have been given on a gender-neutral basis. This year, all four awards went to women, with Rachel McAdams ("Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.«) and Da'Vine Joy Randolph ("The Holdovers").