By Chase Kahn
It's early-to-mid December, and that means one things: Critics Awards Groups. There was a bounty of nominations/winners announced yesterday, here are the big winners.
National Board of Review: "Up in the Air"
D.C. Critics: "Up in the Air"
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: "The Hurt Locker"
New York Film Critics Online: "Avatar"
Boston Society of Film Critics: "The Hurt Locker"
It's safe to sat at this point that Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker and Jason Reitman's Up in the Air are two sure-fire locks at this point for a Best Picture nomination come Oscar time. Lee Daniels' Precious is sliding a bit (no critics groups have gone to bat for it yet and its box-office performance has hit the wall), but you can bet that it'll be in the final 10.
Also, the timing of James Cameron's Avatar (the unrelenting glee, unstoppable buzz) will carry it into a Best Picture slot - and that's before it probably goes on to make a boatload of cash starting Friday.