By: Erik Childress

From the city that once called in the bomb squad to defuse a prank from the creators of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, their cinema critics have given back a little love to those that kept them safe from that little stunt.

With the exception of one category, the Boston Society of Film Critics have not exactly been dominant in forecasting locks in terms of Oscar nominations. But one film did dominate this year's selections and has, for the moment, overtaken Up In The Air (which was shut out in Beantown) for the most victories in total awards to date. Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker won five awards including Picture, Director, Actor, Cinematography and Editing. Taking WALL-E's share of the tie with Slumdog Millionaire out of the equation, Boston's last seven choices for Best Picture have gone onto an Oscar nomination and the last three have proved victorious.

Bigelow grabbed her second straight critic's victory after D.C. from a group that has watched seven of their previous ten choices for Director go on to a nomination. Only Roman Polanski (The Pianist), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) and Martin Scorsese (The Departed) went on to triumph.