NSFC predictably goes with ‘The Hurt Locker’

Posted by · 1:48 pm · January 3rd, 2010

Paul Schneider in Bright StarFINALLY Paul Schneider gets some much-deserved love.  And a production design victory for “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is inspired.  Otherwise, zzzzzz…

Then again, I guess it’s worth noting that this is the first time since 1997 that a single film made the hat trick of NYFCC, LAFCA and NSFC.

The main categories:

Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker”

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actor: Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actress: Yolande Moreau, “Seraphine”

Check out the full slate, plus the rest of the year’s kudo collectives, over at our Precursor Circuit page.

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  • 1 1-03-2010 at 1:50 pm

    Aleksis said...

    Disappointed the awards race is headed this way. I thought The Hurt Locker was really boring.

  • 2 1-03-2010 at 1:51 pm

    Chris said...

    I would have hoped that the NSFC would finally recognise Anthony Dodd Mantle, but then they go with “The White Ribbon”. Just because it’s b/w, doesn’t mean it’s great.

  • 3 1-03-2010 at 1:52 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Just as I suspected.

    It’s “L.A. Confidental” versus “Titanic” all over again.

  • 4 1-03-2010 at 1:54 pm

    Me. said...

    So “Avatar” will win Best Picture?

  • 5 1-03-2010 at 1:57 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Haha, you know my money’s on “Basterds.”

    I’m just saying the pattern of precursors, with the critics uniting to boost the smaller film in the face of a currently-hot blockbuster frontrunner, is exactly as it was in 1997.

  • 6 1-03-2010 at 1:57 pm

    Nigel Bridgeman said...

    I loved “Avatar”, so why am I so against it winning anything other than technical Oscars? I don’t get it. I’ve always been for popular films winning Best Picture, as long as they’re quality.

  • 7 1-03-2010 at 1:58 pm

    aspect ratio said...


    And Guy Pearce starred in both films. ;)

  • 8 1-03-2010 at 1:59 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Incidentally, The Hurt Locker is the first film since L.A. Confidential to win all three major critics awards, Guy. So, not a terribly off-the-mark comparison, I must say.

  • 9 1-03-2010 at 2:00 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    My point exactly.

  • 10 1-03-2010 at 2:01 pm

    A.J said...

    With a third film (Inglourious Basterds) winning the SAG award just like The Full Monty. So eerie! Although Titanic did win the Globe over LA Confidential. Whereas Inglourious Basterds will win the Globe. Well I think anyway.

  • 11 1-03-2010 at 2:01 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    Gotta say I’m surprised by how in line these choices are with the other critics groups. Even their foreign picks (Moreau, Summer Hours) have already been awarded. This has to be one of their least “out there” list of winners in many a year.

    I do love the notice for Fantastic Mr. Fox’s production design, that definitely is an inspired choice.

  • 12 1-03-2010 at 2:03 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Also worth noting: like “L.A. Confidential,” it’s claimed the hat-trick not just for Best Picture, but Best Director too. Considering how often critics’ groups split those two up, they’re definitely making a point here.

  • 13 1-03-2010 at 2:06 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    The Hurt Locker definitely gives me L.A. Confidential/Sideways vibes, being that overwhelming critical favorite that just feels like it’ll be in serious jeopardy at the Oscars regardless of all this acclaim. Bad mojo vibes.

  • 14 1-03-2010 at 2:06 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    But will it take? I’m not so sure. It’ll likely emboss the disconnect between critics and AMPAS more than ever before, I’m betting. Especially if Cameron manages to take down his ex at the Oscars.

  • 15 1-03-2010 at 2:09 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    It should be interesting to see if The Hurt Locker can translate all this acclaim into some home video cha-ching though, it’s coming out in North America on the 12th, after all, and it’s already out in the UK.

  • 16 1-03-2010 at 2:10 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Let them do what they want in Best Picture, I don’t care.

    But Bigelow losing to Cameron would be heartbreaking in so many ways.

  • 17 1-03-2010 at 2:28 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    I don’t even want to think about that, Guy.

  • 18 1-03-2010 at 2:29 pm

    Beau said...

    Hurt Locker again?!
    Jesus, stop drinking the cool-aid and practice some non-comformity, please.

  • 19 1-03-2010 at 2:47 pm

    red_wine said...

    The runner-ups are rather interesting. Summer Hours was runner-up in Picture, Director and Screenplay and won Foreign language. And The White Ribbon was not in their Top 4 for Foreign language film. Its not as big a critical hit as I thought it would be.

    Wes Anderson came third in Best Director. I believe he was also the runner-up in NY. Pretty neat for the director of an animated film. Its pretty weird that The White Ribbon has won cinematography from all 3 but does not even seem to have a chance at a nomination. Same with Moreau who has 2.

    But don’t worry Guy, if Bigelow looses Best Director, there will literally be a scandal and the liberal media will cry outrage like when Brokeback Mountain lost.

  • 20 1-03-2010 at 2:58 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Just added the runners-up to the precursor page. Interesting that Coraline was also in the production design mix.

  • 21 1-03-2010 at 2:59 pm

    Nel said...

    *1. The Hurt Locker 64 (Kathryn Bigelow)
    2. Summer Hours 23 (Olivier Assayas)
    3. Inglourious Basterds (17) Quentin Tarantino

    *1. Kathryn Bigelow 85 (The Hurt Locker)
    2. Olivier Assayas 23 (Summer Hours)
    3. Wes Anderson 18 (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

    *1. Summer Hours 61 (Olivier Assayas)
    2. Everlasting Moments 21 (Jan Troell)
    3. Police, Adjective 20 (Corneliu Porumboiu)
    3. 35 Shots of Rum 20 (Claire Denis)

    *1. The Beaches of Agnes 40 (Agnes Varda)
    2. Tyson 30 (James Toback)
    3. Anvil! The Story of Anvil 25 (Sacha Gervasi)

    *1. Joel and Ethan Coen 33 (A Serious Man)
    2. Olivier Assayas 25 (Summer Hours)
    3. Quentin Tarantino 22 (Inglourious Basterds)

    *1. Yolande Moreau 22 (Seraphine)
    2. Meryl Streep 21 (Julie & Julia and Fantastic Mr. Fox)
    3. Abbie Cornish 19 (Bright Star)

    *1. Jeremy Renner 30 (The Hurt Locker)
    2. Jeff Bridges 24 (Crazy Heart)
    3. Nicolas Cage 15 (Bad Lieutenant)

    *1. Mo’Nique 28 (Precious)
    2. Anna Kendrick 24 (Up in the Air)
    2. Samantha Morton 24 (The Messenger)

    *1. Christoph Waltz 28 (Inglourious Basterds)
    *1. Paul Schneider 28 (Bright Star)
    3. Christian McKay 27 (Me and Orson Welles)

    *1. The White Ribbon 33 (Christian Berger)
    2. The Hurt Locker 32 (Barry Ackroyd)
    3. Everlasting Moments – 19 (Jan Troell)

    *1. Nelson Lowry 43 (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
    2. Rick Carter 28 (Avatar)
    3. Henry Selick 12 (Coraline)

    Full results from Indie Wire.

    Okay before I start self confessed Bright Star Stan – I love the fact that Abbie Cornish was so close and I am rather pleased that Schneider won too. Given that is all that they will get but rather stunned that Steep was runner up to the fabulous Moreau.

  • 22 1-03-2010 at 3:00 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Wait, liberal? There wasn’t a liberal message in The Hurt Locker…oh wait, it’s because Kathryn Bigelow is a woman, and a woman getting an award is soooo left-wing!

  • 23 1-03-2010 at 3:02 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Wow, that Best Actress race was tight.

    So much for my Swinton prediction. After she was the runner-up with the NYFCC, I thought she’d figure here.

  • 24 1-03-2010 at 3:06 pm

    Michael W. said...

    Hmm. So this is only the third time the LA Critics, NY Critics and National Critics have matched up in picture/director. GoodFellas and L.A. Confidential are the other two. GoodFellas lost the Oscars to Dances with Wolves and L.A. Confidential to Titanic.

    And now The Hurt Locker will probably be up against the Titanic director’s “Dances with Wolves in Space”…!!! That makes my head spin! :D

    Kris and others have been talking Avatar up as the front runner lately, but this is acutally the first indication I have had that it can win… :D I actually wouldn’t mind it. I liked it a lot more than I had expected, and it’s in my top 15 of the year. But as Guy says, if Cameron wins director over Bigelow, it would be heartbreaking in so many ways.

  • 25 1-03-2010 at 3:10 pm

    red_wine said...

    “a woman getting an award is soooo left-wing!”
    Ain’t that true! But no, of course I’m kidding.

    Yep it is do with a woman being the front-runner for Best Director and not having won in the Academy’s entire history. Brokeback Mountain got a lot of press that the gay-themed movie which was the front0runner for Best Pic lost. The same with Bigelow but it IS a very big deal that we are gonna have just our first female Best Director winner out of a measly 4 nominations. And by God, she’s as deserving as they come. If she looses, the disappointment would be dual, the worthy candidate would loose and a milestone would be missed.

  • 26 1-03-2010 at 3:13 pm

    Chris138 said...

    I’ll be bummed if Cameron wins the directing Oscar over Bigelow.

  • 27 1-03-2010 at 3:17 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Michael: Schindler’s List also swept.

  • 28 1-03-2010 at 3:21 pm

    Michael W. said...

    Kris: Yes. Best Picture. But not picture AND director. Jane Campion won best director from New York and LA.

  • 29 1-03-2010 at 3:24 pm

    med said...

    Streep for Oscar #3. Finally!

  • 30 1-03-2010 at 3:24 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Ah, right. Didn’t read closely.

  • 31 1-03-2010 at 3:25 pm

    Michael O. said...

    Jeremy Renner winning just made my day. Awesome.

  • 32 1-03-2010 at 3:31 pm

    david said...

    I keep saying…The Hurt Locker is going to win Best Picture…but Kris still insists it’s between Up in the Air and Avatar. Speaking of which, I finally saw Up in the Air today, and was quite impressed. A very assured directorial effort from the young Reitman. I could easily see the Academy choosing this film for Best Picture as well. All the box office in the world isn’t going to push Avatar to the top of the mountain. I really, really, liked Avatar. But, it isn’t the type of film that wins Best Picture at the Oscars. It’s the type of film that cleans up in the tech categories, and makes a crapload of money at the box office. All the indications leading up to the Oscars, including NFSC, is that The Hurt Locker is the film to beat. It should be in my opinion. It’s by far the best film I’ve seen this year.

  • 33 1-03-2010 at 3:41 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Those “indications” aren’t really worth much though, david. The only film to sweep the three big critics awards for Best Pic and go on to win the Oscar was Schindler’s List. Is The Hurt Locker on that level, as far as an awards film goes? I don’t think so. I believe it is the dark horse third contender on the outside looking in and the critics groups (as they should) are trying to throw their weight behind it and get it to the promised land. But, year after year we see that it never really works.

  • 34 1-03-2010 at 4:07 pm

    Morgan said...

    Those are some excellent choices. The Hurt Locker and Bright Star were my favorites of the year, with A Serious Man and Fantastic Mr. Fox not far behind, so I’m very excited for all involved parties.

    And man, clearly I need to get my hands on Summer Hours…

  • 35 1-03-2010 at 4:17 pm

    Nel said...

    @ Morgan / 34 – Seriously do rent or buy a Summer Hours it is Assayas best work and I loved Irma Vep. Scob received a cesar nomination for her work as the matriarch but the rest of the cast and the director were over looked for unsound reasons imho. It also contains a masterful performance from the grossly underrated but magnificent Charles Berling.

  • 36 1-03-2010 at 4:47 pm

    geewiz said...

    Love that Abbie Cornish and Paul Schneider were recognized for Bright Star, still my fav film of the year. Hopefully this will encourage voters to pay attention to these two. Interesting how close the votes were for both of these categories.

  • 37 1-03-2010 at 8:44 pm

    Ryan said...

    Kansas City Film Critics Circle announced their winners today as well. Usual suspects though.


  • 38 1-03-2010 at 9:19 pm

    Andrew said...

    Geewiz, agreed, Bright Star is the film of the year and great to see it getting some love, although this could be it awards-wise. Where the hell is that campaign???

  • 39 1-03-2010 at 9:34 pm

    red_wine said...

    I agree with Nel. Berling was best in show in Summer Hours. The entire film was magnificently acted. If it were in English, it would take the SAG Ensemble win walking away.

  • 40 1-03-2010 at 10:35 pm

    Pablo (Col) said...

    Hurt Locker ? Give me a break.

    Nice one for Schneider.

    Mo’Nique has won already. Kendrick is too far behind and all the other girls are just there for the nomination.

    Renner will not win. I have a feeling. Bridges and Firth are closer to the statue.

  • 41 1-03-2010 at 10:53 pm

    xavi rodriguez said...

    My thoughts:

    1. Bigelow WILL win the Oscar. I think this is a rare time where the best picture and directing categories didn’t match.

    2. Inglorious Basterds could win best picture. Runner up after all and possible globe and sag winner

    3. Maybe Jeremy Renner would make it a la Swinton in the case where Bridges and Clooney compete against each other, after all, in last five years all the winners in this category will win the Oscar; even they got right with Adrien Brody. Still he’ll need a BFCA or SAG.

    3. Meryl Streep is closer for her third and deserving Oscar

    4. I’m glad for Bright Star (an underrated and overlooked film with an excellent Abbie Cornish -in my opinion, even better than Mulligan- and a compelling Paul Schneider, great technical aspects and emotive screenplay) I really hope the film would be a pleasant surprise at the Oscar Nominations.

    4. Waltz and MoNique have not any contender for the Oscar. Kendrick is far behind, Tucci, Harrelson and Farmiga would be happy for the nomination and McKay and even Moore are fighting for survive

  • 42 1-04-2010 at 1:15 am

    Ross said...

    I think Meryl Streep is the clear front-runner in the best actress category. She won the New York Film Critics Circle (!), which is the most important critics’ award and was very close to winning the National Society of Film Critics. And even here she lost to an actress, who isn’t eligible for Oscar consideration. Mulligan needed more support from critics. She still got a lot of critics’ awards, but the three major critics’ groups didn’t reward her (she only got the LAFCA runner-up). Even critics are more supporitve of Meryl and give her a boost for a well-deserved third Oscar win. This beautifully touching performance and the sentiment will work for her.

  • 43 1-04-2010 at 1:22 am

    Ross said...

    On UP IN THE AIR: I don’t have much to add here and its critical success is really surprising. I’ve never believed I would say that, but the best thing about this film is George Clooney. His persona simply works here (as a type casting of course, but still he has some great moments). Anyway, the film, though entertaining and at moments touching, is too SAFE and PREDICTABLE to be a thrilling watch. I’m really tired of films that are really following the steps to make a statement. They don’t say anything. They don’t mean anything. They don’t go for some kind of truth or emotion or anything. They simply follow the steps. It’s a well told story, but a story, that’s not honest the least. And am I the only one who’s pissed that Jason Reitman is sooooo copy-pasting Alexander Payne. This is ridiculous. Well, there is a difference: Payne’s films have a soul. Not some imitation. Sorry, but I’m already pissed off that year after year unhonest, cliche films become the favorites to win the best picture Oscar. I dream of another 2007! Or another The Departed!

  • 44 1-04-2010 at 1:25 am

    Andrew said...

    Streep is on her way to win The Third. Wonderful!

  • 45 1-04-2010 at 1:43 am

    Andrew2 said...

    So much love here for Bright Star. Why has it been largely ignored by the precursors. I swear with a heavy duty Weinstein type campaign, it could score big nomination-wise at the Oscars. But with no campaign, any nomination will be a pleasant surprise

  • 46 1-04-2010 at 3:14 am

    salma said...


    Meryl Streep actually won the first round of the voting for 33 votes to 29 for Mulligan and Moreau, what kind of a fvcking voting system this is.

    Anyway, the third Oscar is coming home!!!

  • 47 1-04-2010 at 3:36 am

    Ross said...

    Actually Brody only had the National Society of Film Critics in 2002, but analyzing the race from that year, I can say it’s quite different this time around.

    Brody was the center of his film (unlike Day-Lewis). Brody was the fresh choice, while ALL other nominees were already Oscar winners. Brody was in a film they liked a lot. It was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture of the year. Day-Lewis was in a film most of them didn’t care about and some even hted, because it was considered the big disappointment, even though it wasn’t a bad film. But given the (too) aggressive campaign, many voters were turned off by it. I think it’s the reason it was completely shut out. Jack Nicholson was in a film critics loved, but Oscar voters ignored big time. I still can’t understnd how it missed out on a best adapted screenplay nomination. Caine already had two Oscars and he wasn’t somebody who gets a third one, especially for a performance that was ignored by the SAG. And let’s face it – they wouldn’t give Nicolas Cage a second Oscar and all the buzz was on the supporting cast nd the screenply.

    So Brody was the interesting fresh choice. And his buzz actually started relatively late, which worked in his favor.

    What about this year?
    I believe the line-up will be the same as the SAG line-up. Freeman is the first one out. A disappointing film. A performance that has both fans and detractors. But even his fans are likely to vote elsewhere for the win. It’s not a winner type of a performance. The buzz is not there. Then we have Firth out. He has the Weinsteins campaigning, but the critics ignored him and he needed their support (unlike Clooney, for example, in a lesser, overawarded performance). Then we have the three with a shot – Renner, Clooney and Bridges. I think that the BFCA could go any way, but the HFPA is likely to go with Clooney. They love him. He’s the big star, he’s the one, who campaigns tirelessly and the one, who’s going to give a speech they like to hear (they love the idea of having both George Clooney and Meryl Streep on stage in the same night) and Bridges – well, they respect him, but this doesn’t mean a win with the HFPA. Then I think the actors will boost Bridges. In the end it’s one of the three and if Bridges and Clooney split big time, expect Renner to be a stronger force than many imagine (especially if The Hurt Locker turns out to be the best picture winner). But I think they won’t pass the opportunity to give the Oscar to Bridges.

  • 48 1-04-2010 at 6:01 am

    Morgan said...

    So Avatar is Titanic II. Does anyone watch Titanic for enjoyment any more?

    Titanic was like a giant greasy super duper hamburger. Tastes awesome, and you want seconds, but it slides right through ya.

    In ten years, Avatar will seem the same.