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‘Do The Right Thing’ Wins Four LA Critics Awards

December 18, 1989

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ″Do The Right Thing″ did just that for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association as the controversial film about racial tensions scored honors as best picture of 1989 and best director for Spike Lee.

″Do The Right Thing,″ set on the hottest day of the year in New York, also won awards Saturday for Danny Aiello for best supporting actor and for the musical score by Lee’s father, Bill Lee.

Andie MacDowell, who played the sexually frustrated housewife in ″sex, lies and videotape,″ shared the best actress honor with Michelle Pfeiffer, the sultry lounge singer in ″The Fabulous Baker Boys.″

Daniel-Day Lewis won best actor for his portrayal in ″My Left Foot″ of Irish writer-painter Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy. Brenda Fricker, who played Brown’s mother, won best supporting actress.

Best screenplay went to Gus Van Sant and Daniel Yost for ″Drugstore Cowboy,″ about narcotics burglars in the early 1970s.

Michael Moore’s quirky ″Roger and Me,″ about Moore’s efforts to show General Motors head Roger Smith the economic devastation his company brought to Flint, Mich., won for best documentary.

The best foreign film honor was split between ″Distant Voices-Still Lives,″ from Britain and France’s ″Story of Women.″ Disney’s″The Little Mermaid″ picked up the award for best animation for writer-directors John Musker and Ron Clements.

The career achievement award was given to Stanley Donen, the musical and romantic comedy director best known for ″Singin’ in the Rain,″ and the best newcomer award went to Laura San Giacomo. Gregg Araki got the Independent- Experimental Award for ″The Long Weekend.″

The awards will be formally presented Jan. 16 in West Hollywood.

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