LOS ANGELES (AP) -- George Clooney's family drama "The Descendants" has been chosen as the year's best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, whose prizes are an early influence on the way to the Academy Awards.

Among other honors announced Sunday, Michael Fassbender's breakout year earned him the best-actor award for four films: "Shame," "X-Men: First Class," "A Dangerous Method" and "Jane Eyre."

The critics group passed over big Hollywood names to bestow its best-actress prize on Yun Jung-hee for the South Korean drama "Poetry."

Christopher Plummer won supporting actor for "Beginners," while Jessica Chastain was picked as supporting actress for half a dozen films, including "The Tree of Life," "The Help" and "Take Shelter."

"Tree of Life" was the best-picture runner-up and earned the directing honor for Terrence Malick.