Sunday, January 24, 2010

Producers Guild Chooses The Hurt Locker!!!

We officially have an Oscar Best Picture race!!  Tonight, although every Critics group had picked The Hurt Locker for the top film of the year, it was expected that Avatar would win the Producers Guild, just as it did at the Golden Globes.  Instead, in a shocker, The Hurt Locker won the Producers Guild!!

Why is this important?  Over the last 20 years, 13 of the films the PGA has picked have gone on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Inglourious Basterds won Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild this weekend, putting another wrinkle in the race.

Watching the Globes and the SAGs, it was apparent how the actors races, for the most part have solidified.  Watching Jeff Bridges get that standing ovation at the Globes, you just felt that this was his year.  He's been nominated multiple times, and never won, so this will be a career award.  Mo'nique is a lock for supporting actress for her work as the horrible mother of Precious.  Christoph Waltz gave a breakout performance in Inglourious Basterds and has been a lock from the very beginning for Supporting Actor.

The one toss up is the Actress race.  Meryl Streep won for Julie and Julia at the Globes, while Sandra Bullock came home with the SAG award.  We'll have to see how that one develops.

I'm VERY excited, though, especially for Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker.  I love that film, and it is my best of the year.  I've read that it is one of the top films for rental and purchase of DVD's.  People missed it in theaters, but the word is getting out.

Let's see what happens at the Directors Guild next!

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