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Wednesday roundup: Online Film Critics Society winners; SXSW Film Fest; Cormac McCarthy; Mariah at PSIFF

January 6, 2010 |  2:24 pm

"The Hurt Locker" continued its winning ways in this award season by capturing four of the top honors from the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS).

Kathryn Bigelow's war drama was named best picture, with star Jeremy Renner and Bigelow taking the best actor and best director laurels; editors Chris Innis and Bob Murawski were also named best in their category.

Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" also earned four from the society; Tarantino took home the best original screenplay, while on-screen antagonists Melanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz walked off with best actress and best supporting actor. "Basterds" cinematographer completed the WWII meta-actioner's quartet. Few surprises were found in the remaining awards; Mo'Nique was the expected winner of the best supporting actress race, while "Up" and Michael Haneke's Palm d'Or-winning "White Ribbon" swept the animation and foreign film (or as the OFCS calls it, "Best Film Not in the English Language") categories. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach's script for "Fantastic Mr. Fox" won best adapted screenplay, while the underdogs of "Anvil!" got one more affirmation by landing best documentary. For the full list of winners and nominees, visit the OFCS blog.

Though the official lineup announcement won't be revealed until February, Cinematical has word on additional titles for the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. Among the more highly anticipated screenings is "Kick-Ass," the live-action adaptation of the Marvel Comics series by "Layer Cake" director Matthew Vaughn. The comedy, which stars Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, will serve as the fest's opening night feature. Also on the docket: "Lemmy," a documentary about Motorhead's indestructible frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, and "Saturday Night," a documentary by actor James Franco that takes a look behind the scenes on "Saturday Night Live," as well as Sebastian Gutierrez's "Electra Luxx" and Steve James' "No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson," as reported on Monday. The 2010 edition of SXSW takes place in Austin, Texas, from March 12 to 21. 

Elsewhere, the Guardian has an amusing essay from playwright Joe Penhall, who wrote the screenplay for "The Road," on meeting author Cormac McCarthy, who penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning source material. Penhall met the notoriously private writer for the purpose of getting his notes on the film. Over burgers and a nice Shiraz, McCarthy ended up giving him a whole lot more. It's a lovely and charmingly off-kilter story, and a rare glimpse into McCarthy's inner circle. 

And lastly, whatever Mariah Carey was having shortly before accepting her Breakthrough Artist Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, I'd like a few cases of it too.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: From "The Hurt Locker." Credit: Summit Entertainment. 

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