‘Hurt Locker’ wins LA Critics’ best-picture prize

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Iraq War drama “The Hurt Locker” has been chosen as the year’s best picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Kathryn Bigelow, the filmmaker behind “The Hurt Locker,” was picked as best director.

The group named Jeff Bridges as best actor for the country-music tale “Crazy Heart” and Yolande Moreau as best actress for the French film “Seraphine.”

Mo’Nique won the supporting-actress award for “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” and Christoph Waltz earned the supporting-actor prize for “Inglourious Basterds.”

The critics’ prizes are among early honors on Hollywood’s long run-up to the Academy Awards on March 7. Oscar nominations come out Feb. 2.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mo’Nique has won the supporting-actress award for “Precious” and Christoph Waltz has earned the supporting-actor prize for “Inglourious Basterds” from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Mo’Nique won for her role as a hateful welfare mother in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Waltz won for playing a gleefully savage Nazi in “Inglourious Basterds.”

Director Jason Reitman and writer Sheldon Turner shared the screenplay prize for “Up in the Air.”

The Los Angeles critic group’s is announcing other awards, including 2009’s best picture, later Sunday.

The critics’ prizes are among early honors on Hollywood’s long run-up to the Academy Awards on March 7. Oscar nominations come out Feb. 2.

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