Nearing Oscars, Precious, Hurt Locker Take Prizes


The last weekend before next weekend’s Oscars (eeee!) was a good one for Precious, The Hurt Locker … and, uh, A Prophet. Best Picture nominee Precious ruled at the NAACP Image Awards Friday night, winning prizes for best film, best director (Lee Daniels), best screenplay, best actress (Gabourey Sidibe), and best supporting actress (Oscar favorite Mo’Nique). The Hurt Locker took the Cinema Audio Society’s award for best sound mixing Saturday night, but the film lost out to The White Ribbon at the American Society of Cinematographers’ awards for the best cinematography prize.

And those of you who always just pick the film with the silliest title for Best Foreign Film in your Oscar pool, take note: At the Cesars (a.k.a. the French Oscars) this weekend, the prison drama A Prophet — which won the grand prize at Cannes last year — cleaned up, winning nine awards, including best picture.

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