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Can 'Inglourious Basterds' stand alone?

The Quentin Tarantino film has been honored twice in two days with industry nominations and awards, but each time has shared the limelight with another flick.

Yesterday, four Golden Globe nominations piled up for 'Basterds' -- just two fewer than field-leading 'Up in the Air' and tied for second most with 'Avatar.' Now, per Variety, the Toronto Film Critics' Association has unveiled its awards for the year, bestowing best film not just to 'Basterds' but to Steve McQueen's 'Hunger,' which follows the last weeks of IRA hunger-striker Bobby Sands. Can 'Inglourious Basterds' stand alone?

The Quentin Tarantino film has been honored twice in two days with industry nominations and awards, but each time has shared the limelight with another flick.

Yesterday, four Golden Globe nominations piled up for 'Basterds' -- just two fewer than field-leading 'Up in the Air' and tied for second most with 'Avatar.' Now, per Variety, the Toronto Film Critics' Association has unveiled its awards for the year, bestowing best film not just to 'Basterds' but to Steve McQueen's 'Hunger,' which follows the last weeks of IRA hunger-striker Bobby Sands.

The Toronto Film Critics also made Tarantino share the honor for best screenplay, giving a nod to Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for 'Up in the Air.'

To the degree that any award foretells how the Oscars will shape up, one can assume the Toronto Film Critics have finite influence. But with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards set for Sun. Jan. 17, 2010, at 8 PM EST, perhaps the Toronto contingent is signaling how the foreign press may vote.

That could be a net plus for Nicolas Cage and Carey Mulligan, who took top acting honors from the Toronto critics (for 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans' and 'An Education'), and for Anna Kendrick and Christoph Waltz, who took supporting honors (for 'Up in the Air' and 'Inglourious Basterds'). All except for Cage are Golden Globe-nominated.

Best director, incidentally, went to 'Kathryn Bigelow' for 'The Hurt Locker'; she, too, is nominated for a Golden Globe for best director. If she won on Jan. 17, she would beat out former hubby James Cameron for 'Avatar,' Clint Eastwood for 'Invictus,' Reitman for 'Up in the Air' and -- yes -- Tarantino for 'Basterds.'

Unless Tarantino wound up sharing the award with her, of course.