Uh-oh! Have the L.A. critics blasted 'The Hurt Locker's' hope of winning best picture at the Oscars?
There weren't many surprises among the awards proclaimed today by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Most pundits assumed that members would vote either for "The Hurt Locker" or "Up in the Air" as best picture. LAFCA ended up picking "The Hurt Locker," giving "Up in the Air" the runner-up spot.
That's a bad omen for the hopes of "The Hurt Locker" to win the top Oscar considering LAFCA hasn't agreed with academy voters on best picture since "Schindler's List" (1993). Last year, neither the film chosen as the year's best ("Wall-E") nor runner-up ("The Dark Knight") were nominated for best picture. However, usually the top LAFCA choices are also leading academy contenders.
Surely, LAFCA's choice for best actor (Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart") and runner-up (Colin Firth, "A Single Man") will be Oscar nominees in February, but it's doubtful that the women's lineup will agree. LAFCA chose Yolande Moreau ("Seraphine") as best actress. She's got as much chance of nabbing an Oscar nom as Vera Farmiga did in 2005 when LAFCA gave her its best-actress trophy for "Down to the Bone" before the academy opted to ignore her. See the full list of LAFCA winners here.
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