The Descendants hailed by L.A. critics

The actor stars as a wealthy landowner in the comedy/drama, which has been named the top pick by the L.A. critics ahead of The Tree of Life, which features Clooney’s good friend Brad Pitt.

The Tree of Life was named runner-up in the Best Picture category, while Terrence Malick was named Best Director for his work on the film. It also won a nod for Best Cinematography and its star Jessica Chastain was handed the Best Supporting Actress prize.

Other big winners were Michael Fassbender, who was named Best Actor, and Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor).