Oscar 2009: Hurt Locker Wins Best Picture from Los Angeles Film Critics

“The Hurt Locker”was voted Best Picture of the Year, it was announced today by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).  The runner up was “Up in the Air”.

The 35th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards ceremony will be held Saturday, January 16 at the InterContinental, Los Angeles. The awards will be dedicated to the French New Wave in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. As previously announced, Jean-Paul Belmondo will receive the 2009 Career Achievement Award.
 
Award winners are:
 
PICTURE: “The Hurt Locker”
 
Runner-up: “Up in the Air”
 
DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
 
Runner-up: Michael Haneke, “The White Ribbon”
 
ACTRESS: Yolande Moreau, “Séraphine”
 
Runner-up: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
 
ACTOR: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
 
Runner-up: Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
 
ANIMATION: “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
 
Runner-up: “Up”
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Summer Hours”
 
Runner-up: “The White Ribbon”
 
NEW GENERATION: Neill Blomkamp, “District 9”
 
MUSIC/SCORE: T-Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton, “Crazy Heart”
 
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
 
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Philip Ivey, “District 9”
 
Runner-up: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, “Avatar”
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Christian Berger, “The White Ribbon”
 
Runner-up: Barry Ackroyd, “The Hurt Locker”
 
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo’Nique, “Precious”
 
Runner-up: Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
 
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
 
Runner-up: Peter Capaldi, “In the Loop”
 
SCREENPLAY: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”
 
Runner-up: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, “In the Loop”
 
DOCUMENTARY / NON-FICTION FILM: “The Beaches of Agnès” and “The Cove” (tie)
 
DOUGLAS E. EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO: Anders Edstrom and C.W. Winter, “The Anchorage”
 
 
Founded in 1975, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) is comprised of Los Angeles-based, professional film critics working in the Los Angeles print and electronic media.  Each December, LAFCA members vote on the year’s Achievement Awards, honoring screen excellence on both sides of the camera. Plaques of recognition are then presented to winners during LAFCA’s annual awards ceremony, held in mid-January.
 
Aside from honoring each year’s outstanding cinematic achievements, LAFCA has also made it a point to look back and pay tribute to distinguished industry veterans with its annual Career Achievement Award, which is announced in October, as well as to look forward by spotlighting fresh, promising talent with its annual New Generation Award. In addition, over the past three decades, LAFCA has sponsored and hosted numerous film panels and events and donated funds to various Los Angeles film organizations, especially where film preservation was concerned. LAFCA members have also collectively been vocal about taking up causes they have felt passionate about, from drafting formal protests against censorship and colorization to lending their support to controversial films.