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L.A. critics also go for ''The Hurt Locker''

Like their Boston brethren did earlier today, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) named The Hurt Locker the Best Film of the Year (Up in the Air was the runner-up) and named Kathryn Bigelow Best Director.

Jeff Bridges was named Best Actor for his portrayal of a broken-down country singer in Crazy Heart (due to open in South Florida in January. Seraphine's Yolande Moreau (no, I've never heard of it either) was named Best Actress (An Education's Carey Mulligan was the runner-up)

Mo'Nique (Precious) won Best Supporting Actress and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) won Best Supporting Actor. The Beaches of Agnes tied with The Cove for Best Documentary. Interestingly, District 9 beat out Avatar for Production Design. Fantastic Mr. Fox won Best Animated Feature (take that, Pixar!)

Check out LAFCA's complete list of winners and runners-up here. The New York Film Critics Circle will announce their annual winners on Monday.


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Hi Rene,

I live in NYC but still read your reviews, having grown up in Miami, and I was wondering if you had the chance to check out Bad Lieutenant yet? I saw that there are no plans, as of yet, to release it in Miami. On paper the movie sounds horrible, but Nic Cage actually puts together a performance that had me feeling awkward, awful and awe-struck all at the same time.

Rene Rodriguez

I am dying to see "Bad Lieutenant," but unfortunately there are no plans to open the movie in South Florida yet, and the film's distributor didn't send out any year-end screeners.

I've read that Cage's performance is worthy of "Vampire's Kiss," which means it must be awesome.


Seraphine's female lead for best actress? A bold choice! The film played UM's Cosford earlier this year. If you like films about artists, check it out.

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