One of the more prestigious film critics groups is LAFCA. Not always the best Oscar indicator, but still a damn good award to win. This decade they are an "amazing" 0/9 in predicting Oscar's top prize. The previous decade they were 2/10 (Unforgiven and Schindler's List). The great thing about LAFCA is they don't like to follow the leader and they tend to make bold choices. So, while The Hurt Locker may not win Best Picture in March, it will still be able to say it took home one of the most respected awards of the season. I do think this award validates the fact that this film is a major player though and with no dominant film this season, could really make some noise.
Here's a look at the major winners.
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 Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Runner-up: Colin Firth, A Single Man
Best Actress: Yolande Moreau, Seraphine
Runner-up: Carey Mulligan, An Education
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Runner-up: Peter Capaldi, In the Loop
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious
Runner-up: Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Runner-up: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci and Tony Roche, In the Loop