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Oscars hope for Irish star Fassbender

MICHAEL Fassbender could be on course for Oscar recognition after winning prizes from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Fassbender was named best actor for a successful year that included leading roles as a sex addict in Shame, as a genetic mutant in X-Men: First Class, as psychiatrist Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method and as the brooding Rochester in Jane Eyre.

Veteran actor Christopher Plummer, best known for his starring role in The Sound Of Music, took best supporting actor for Beginners, in which he plays an elderly father who tells his son he is gay.

Along with the New York Film Critics Circle, the LA reviewers' awards are among the key critical picks that help single out potential favourites in the run-up to the Academy Awards in February.

British electronic duo the Chemical Brothers won the best music score accolade for action thriller Hanna.

Other wins included family drama The Descendants, starring George Clooney (inset), which was named best film, and Terrence Malick, who was named best director for Tree Of Life.