Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

Just throwing these out there before BFCA announce their nominees in a few minutes. If you want to see who ranks where thus far in the Oscar race, I’ve compiled the standings here: https://forizzer69.wordpress.com/critics-standings-of-2009-standings/

THE AWARDS:

BEST PICTURE
“The Hurt Locker”
Runner-up: “Up in the Air”

BEST DIRECTOR
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Runner-up: Michael Haneke, “The White Ribbon”

BEST ACTRESS
Yolande Moreau, “Séraphine”
Runner-up: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
Runner-up: Colin Firth, “A Single Man”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Runner-up: Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
Runner-up: Peter Capaldi, “In the Loop”

BEST SCREENPLAY
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”
Runner-up: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, “In the Loop”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
Runner-up: “Up”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Summer Hours”
Runner-up: “The White Ribbon”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Christian Berger, “The White Ribbon”
Runner-up: Barry Ackroyd, “The Hurt Locker”

BEST USE OF MUSIC OR SCORE
T-Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton, “Crazy Heart”
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Philip Ivey, “District 9″
Runner-up: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, “Avatar”

BEST DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM
“The Beaches of Agnès” and “The Cove” (tie)

DOUGLAS E. EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO
C.W. Winter and Anders Edstrom, “The Anchorage”

Now, LA has been known to give one acting award to someone without any buzz — usually a foreign performance. To be honest, I’ve seen Seraphine and to consider Moreau’s performance “the best” of any time frame seems a tad absurd. It’s a very mannered and simple role to portray, but during the scenes where the character feels obstructed, I felt she lacked a personal quality to the work. More showy (despite the lack of enthusiasm behind the writing) than honest. Perhaps I took to the role in a different light, but I didn’t feel she realized the potential this humble character had. Oh, and their appreciation for In the Loop makes me different forms of happy. The wittiest film of the decade and Capaldi deserves recognition. It’s tragic that this film is ineligible for the Oscars, but hopefully the Globes will give it a bit of attention.

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