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Critics' Choice Awards: 'Avatar,' 'Hurt Locker' & 'Inglourious Basterds' predicted winners

January 14, 2010 | 11:53 am

Bfca_logoFriday night is the Critics' Choice Awards on VH1 (9 p.m. ET/ PT). Votes by members of the Broadcast Film Critics' Assn. will determine the winners. Two of our crackerjack forum moderators -- Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Darrin "Double D" Dortch -- have predicted the full slate of 25 awards, offering insightful explanations as to their choices for the top races. While Chris and Darrin disagree on best picture, actor and actress, they are in accord on 17 of the 22 other contests. Let us know your predictions by joining in the ongoing forum debate here.

BEST PICTURE

Chris: "Avatar"
The main goal of this group is to try and predict the eventual Oscar winners. At this stage, the overwhelming box-office success and staggering breakthrough in technology, gives "Avatar" the best chance to win. The film best poised to upset is "Up in the Air."

Darrin: "The Hurt Locker"
I think BFCA voters will follow the critics’ groups and award "Hurt Locker" here as well. "Up In the Air" and "Avatar" are fighting for second place.

BEST ACTOR

Chris: George Clooney ("Up in the Air")
Clooney has never won with the BFCA (even losing the year he won the Oscar), so regardless of his future Academy Award fate upcoming in March, I think this is finally his best shot. Jeff Bridges is in second place.

Darrin: George Clooney ("Up in the Air")
Hmmm … Clooney won NYFCC and Bridges won L.A. It’s a toss up here, but I think voters will choose Clooney since he’s the bigger star right now and has never won here.

BEST ACTRESS

Chris: Carey Mulligan ("An Education")
Meryl Streep just won last year, so it would be tough to repeat against this competition in a hard-to-predict category. Mulligan and Sidibe are the only ones in Best Picture nominees, but my gut feeling is that Mulligan wins, though.

Darrin: Meryl Streep ("Julie & Julia")
Who says actors can’t win back-to-back awards from the BFCA? Keep in mind that Russell Crowe won three consecutive lead actor trophies from this group. Plus, Streep is the only nominee here who won a major critics’ award. Mulligan, Bullock and Sidibe could all upset.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Chris: Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds")
Seems to be a very easy prediction since he is winning everything in sight. Woody Harrelson might be surprisingly in second place.

Darrin: Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds")
Waltz swept the critics’ prizes and will win this too.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Chris: Mo'Nique ("Precious")
Ditto Mo'Nique on winning so many awards and making this category an easy one. Look out for Anna Kendrick as a possible upset.

Darrin:Mo'Nique ("Precious")
See my supporting actor commentary.

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS: 

Chris: Saoirse Ronan ("The Lovely Bones")

Darrin: Saoirse Ronan ("The Lovely Bones")

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Chris: "Inglourious Basterds"

Darrin: "Inglourious Basterds"

BEST DIRECTING

Chris: Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker")

Darrin: Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker")

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Chris: "Inglourious Basterds"

Darrin: "Inglourious Basterds"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Chris: "Up in the Air"

Darrin: "Up in the Air"

BEST ART DIRECTION

Chris: "Avatar"

Darrin: "Avatar"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Chris: "Avatar"

Darrin: "Avatar"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Chris: "Nine"

Darrin: "The Young Victoria"

BEST EDITING

Chris: "Inglourious Basterds"

Darrin: "Avatar"

BEST MAKEUP

Chris: "Avatar"

Darrin: "Avatar"

BEST SCORE

Chris: "Up"

Darrin: "The Princess and the Frog"

BEST SONG

Chris: "The Weary Kind" ("Crazy Heart")

Darrin: "Almost There" ("The Princess and the Frog")

BEST SOUND

Chris: "Avatar"

Darrin: "Avatar"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Chris: "Avatar"

Darrin: "Avatar"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Chris: "Up"

Darrin: "Up"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Chris: "The White Ribbon"

Darrin: "The White Ribbon"

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Chris: "Michael Jackson's This Is It"

Darrin: "Michael Jackson's This Is It"

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Chris: "Inglourious Basterds"

Darrin: "Avatar"

BEST COMEDY

Chris: "The Hangover"

Darrin: "The Hangover"

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Chris: "Grey Gardens"

Darrin: "Grey Gardens"

Photo: Broadcast Film Critics' Assn. logo. Credit: BCFA

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