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'The Hurt Locker' sweeps National Society of Film Critics Awards

January 3, 2010 |  1:50 pm

The Hiurt Locker News

"The Hurt Locker" swept the awards bestowed today by the National Society of Film Critics during its voting conclave held at Sardi's restaurant in New York. The Iraqi war drama won best picture, director (Kathryn Bigelow) and actor (Jeremy Renner as a daredevil U.S. soldier who disarms bombs).

The society voted Yolande Moreau best actress for "Seraphine." Previously, she won best actress for her portrayal of French artist Seraphine de Senlis at the Cesar Awards (France's equivalent of the Oscars) where "Seraphine" swept up seven trophies, including best picture. She also won the lead actress laurels bestowed by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Earlier this derby season, "The Hurt Locker" was voted best picture by the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics, Gotham Awards and other groups.

Other NSFC winners:

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds," and Paul Schneider, "Bright Star"

Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, "Precious"

Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man"

Foreign-Language Film: "Summer Hours"

Nonfiction Film: "The Beaches of Agnes"

Cinematography: Christian Berger, "The White Ribbon"

Production design: Nelson Lowry, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

The society includes 64 members from major media outlets in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, including Time, Newsweek, New Yorker, Village Voice and It's been bestowing awards since 1966.

Photo: "The Hurt Locker" (Summit)


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Yes that far left hollywood...with people like Arnold Schwarzengger, Jon Voight, Patricia Heaton, Fred Thompson, Bo Derek....I mean how out of touch are produced that far left liberal Ronald Reagan...soooo out of touch...

Any way, my cousin is in the military, Air Force to be exact, and she deals with EOD guys all the time. I haven't seen the movie yet, but she did with a couple of EOD guys and while they picked apart some of the technical aspects of it, they said the movie was pretty close (the closest they've seen so far from the current batch of war movies) to being what they go through. One of they guys said the scene when he couldn't pick the cereal was pretty spot on. That the simple decisions can be harder than disarming a bomb. My cousin also said she's met guys who are pretty much like what the character in the pic is like. Not all of them, but there are a few.

If you think this portrayed our men & women as whacked out...that says more about you then what the movie says...

"liberals liked it because it showed our brave men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan as a bunch of whacked Americans."

This is why Hollywood for the most part eschewed by mainstream America as being out of touch with their values. Hollywood is as far left as you can go and not end up in jail for sedition.

I didn't think 'The Hurt Locker' was the best movie of the year, but i disagree with Mr. Blow's assessment. I found the movie tastefully apolitical, and while it is true that the main character is an adrenaline junky with, at times, a tenuous grip on reality and a serious lack of social skills, you would have to be pretty touchy to see in the movie a blanket demonization of all soldiers. I think it's more of a commentary on the human existence set against the backdrop of the war, lacking any judgment of the characters or their situation.
Anyway good for "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Summer Hours"

Jeremy Renner's acting in "The Hurt Locker" conveyed the authentic character of William James -- this is the real deal. Director Kathryn Bigelow lovingly renders this war film as neither pro-war or anti-war. Bigelow doesn't preach to her audiences -- or Hollywood -- like some other attention-getting directors try to do. "The Hurt Locker" is intelligent, thoughtful, and The Best Film of the Year.

This is the worst movie I saw in 2009. Bunch of liberals liked it because it showed our brave men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan as a bunch of whacked Americans.

Yay for something else for Fantastic Mr. Fox!!!

Am I the only one who sees it as a major threat to Up in the Animated Feature category? I would also like to see it in Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, and (I think it's eligible for) Original Song.



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