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New York web critics hail 'Avatar' as best pic; female journos prefer 'The Hurt Locker'

December 13, 2009 |  7:48 pm

Avatar The Hurt Locker awards

Leave it to web-savvy members of New York Film Critics Online to be more appreciative of the high-tech greatness of "Avatar" than their snobbish counterparts belonging to the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. The online Gotham gang voted "Avatar" best picture (insert "hooray" here), while proclaiming Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart") best actor, Meryl Streep ("Julie & Julia") best actress, Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds") supporting actor and Mo'Nique ("Precious") supporting actress. See the group's full list of winners here.

Voters within the Alliance of Women Film Journalists unveiled similar winners today, agreeing on Bridges, Waltz and Mo'Nique, but they preferred "The Hurt Locker" for best picture and Carey Mulligan ("An Education) on the lead actress throne. See full list of honorees here.

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Photos: "Avatar" (20th Century Fox), "The Hurt Locker" (Summit)

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Tom - You have great judgment! NYFCO has only 1 or 2 snobs ;-)

I wonder, if "Hurt Locker" was directed by a man, would you still make such a fuss over this competition?
You like Avatar, we get it. That doesn't mean women (or "females", as you cheaply point), don't enjoy the playfull SF, or the progressive and visually satisfying work of James Cameron; they just preferr a strong directorial hand from a fellow-gendered, and a more empathetic endeavour.
Women don't vote for Godfather when Kramer vs Kramer is around (surely you don't need an explanation for the obvious difference in proportion).

I can't say it's any surprise, ladies voting for ladies, at least Bigelow deserved it.

And I have to say the early tone of this blurb is quite ridiculous, calling the LA Critics Association snobbish.

Ex-wife and ex-husband reeling in the awards.

Do you really need to throw the whole "snob" thing around, just because the LA critics didn't pick "Avatar" for Best Picture? Is it possible that some people just think "The Hurt Locker" is a better movie? This is giving me hot flashes of "The Dark Knight" all over again (I'm sorry, but it just was not one of the five best movies of 2008).

Since when did voting The Hurt Locker as Best Film over Avatar become a "snobbish" thing to do?


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