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Last year, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. named "The Descendants" as the Best Picture of the year. -Insertgroups:11-That pick differed from those of the New York Film Critics Circle, which went with eventual Oscar champ "The Artist," and the National Board of Review, which opted for "Hugo." That film from Martin Scorsese ended up winning five of its leading 11 Oscar bids while "The Descendants" lost all but one of its five Oscar races.  Of this year's leading contenders, "Zero Dark Thirty" and its director Kathryn Bigelow already have won over both the New York critics and the Nbr. Her last film, "The Hurt Locker," claimed these top prizes from both the NY and La critics in 2009 while the Nbr went with "Up in the Air" and "Invictus" helmer Clint Eastwood.  The first time that the La critics went with a film that had taken both these precursor prizes »

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