Critics Roundup: New York, Los Angeles and AFI

The Hurt Locker continues to rake in the critics prizes; the film won two Best Picture honors and two Best Director honors for Kathryn Bigelow. But what I’m sure will get a lot of hype in the tabloids/bloggersphere is that Hurt Locker and Bigelow are frequently nominated against ex-husband James Cameron’s Avatar. Here is the critics roundup from yesterday:

The AFI’s Top 10 of 2009:

The Hangover
The Hurt Locker
The Messenger
A Serious Man
A Single Man
Up in the Air

While I am stoked that Sugar was included on a list outside of the indie award circuit, the AFI has once again proven why it selects one of the more entertaining Best Picture lists.

Los Angeles Film Critics Association:

Best Picture The Hurt Locker
Best Director Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Actor Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Actress Yolande Moreau, Seraphine
Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Screenplay Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Animation Fantastic Mr. Fox
Foreign Language Film Summer Hours
New Generation Neill Blomkamp, District 9
Music Crazy Heart
Production Design District 9
Cinematography The White Ribbon
Documentary The Beaches of Agnes and The Cove

More love for Mo’Nique. She has quickly become the frontrunner in the Best Suppporting Actress category. I wonder, how many times has someone with one name won an Oscar? (Note to self: research and write post.)

New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO):

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Director Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Actor Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Actress Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Supporting Actress Mo’Nique, Precious
Breakthrough Performer Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Debut Director Marc Webb, (500) Days of Summer
Ensemble Cast In the Loop
Screenplay Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Documentary The Cove
Foreign Film The White Ribbon
Animated Up
Cinematography Inglourious Basterds
Music Crazy Heart

Could Meryl Streep win her third Oscar for her portrayal of Julia Child? It seems like she will definitely be nominated.

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