The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Saturday named as the best picture of 1988 "Little Dorrit," a six-hour, two-part film based on Charles Dickens' classic story about a 19th-Century family living in debtors prison.
The critics also named Tom Hanks as best actor for his performances in two films--the summer comedy hit "Big" and "Punchline," a bleak look at the world of stand-up comedy. Gene Hackman was runner-up in that category for his performances in five films released since the fall. (See accompanying story.)
In the best actress category, the critics named Christine Lahti for her role as the mother in "Running on Empty," the story of a pair of '60s radicals and their children on the run from the law. Diane Venora was runner-up for her performance in "Bird."
The critics named Alec Guinness best supporting actor for his role as the pretentious father in "Little Dorrit" (Martin Landau was runner-up for "Tucker") and Genevieve Bujold as best supporting actress for "The Moderns" and "Dead Ringers" (Miriam Margolyes was runner-up for "Little Dorrit").