The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has announced its first wave of winners, with more selections to be announced Sunday afternoon.
Leto also won the New York Film Critics Circle Award last week for the drama. And there has been a nontraditional Oscar campaign spearheaded by "Spring Breakers" distributor A24 for Franco for the low-budget indie film directed by Harmony Korine.
The French-Belgian production "Ernest and Celestine" won best animated feature, with runner-up going to Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises."
Emmanuel Lubezki won best cinematography and Alfonson Cuarón and Mark Sanger got the award for best editing, all for "Gravity." Cinematography runner-up was Bruno Delbonnel for "Inside Llewyn Davis" and editing runner-up was Shane Carruth and David Lowery for "Upstream Color."
Production design honors went to K.K. Barrett for "Her"; runner-up was Jess Gonchor for "Inside Llewyn Davis."
The Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award went to "Cabinets of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce."
"A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" director Richard Lester was previously announced as the winner of the career achievement honor.
The awards will be handed out Jan. 11 at a ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City.