The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has given its Best Picture award to The Hurt Locker with Up In The Air coming in second. Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow won for Best Director with The White Ribbon‘s Michael Haneke right behind.
Jeff Bridges won LAFCA’s Best Actor award for Crazy Heart, edging out A Single Man‘s Colin Firth. And Yolande Moreau won Best Actress for her performance in Seraphine, nudging out An Education‘s Carey Mulligan.
The first phase included The White Ribbon dp Christian Berger winning for Best Cinematography. LAFCA rolled over for Mo’Nique‘s Precious performance in the Best Supporting Actress category. (And why not? Why should any other actress even be considered?) And Inglourious Basterds‘ Christoph Waltz, the other winner of the Best Supporting Actor Zelig vote.
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner‘s Up in the Air won for Best Screenplay, beating out Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche‘s screenplay for In The Loop. Crazy Heart composers T-Bone Burnett and Stephen Burton beat out Fantastic Mr. Fox composer Alexandre Desplat for Best Musical Score. District 9‘s Philip Ivey beat Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg‘s work on Avatar for Best Production Design.
The Best Documentary prize was split between The Cove and The Beaches of Agnes.