One group of people that the 'Hurt Locker' filmmakers might have thanked for their Oscar victories: the nation's film critics.

If not for the critics, 'Hurt Locker' might have been just another Iraq War drama that died at the box office and was forgotten by last July. Instead, critics kept talking about the movie, praising it and giving it their own awards, until Oscar voting season began and Academy voters were forced to take notice.
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