'Moneyball' Location Manager, Team Win Big at California on Location Awards

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Columbia’s baseball drama Moneyball hit a home run at the 17th annual California on Location Awards, held Sunday at Los Angeles’ Biltmore Hotel.

Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, saw its locations group, led by S. Todd Christensen, win location team of the year, while Christensen won location professional of the year.The movie beat out New Line's Horrible Bosses and Paramount's Super 8 in the team category, while Christensen elbowed out location managers from Screen Gems’ Friends With Benefits, Warner Bros.’ J. Edgar and Fox/New Regency’s In Time.

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Big Sur, an indie movie directed by Michael Polish and based on a Jack Kerouac novel, took home the prize for location team of the year in the independent feature category, edging out Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer and Lincoln Lawyer.

Caleb Duffy won location professional for the much-buzzed about black-and-white film The Artist, which is French made but set in Hollywood.

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In TV, NBC’s The Event and the location group behind it took home the COLA for location team of the year (TV episodic), stepping over the teams behind Fox’s House and HBO’s Luck.

Nancy Haecker won in the location professional category (TV episodic) for her work on House. Haecker beat out the location work of Gerard Averill (for Red State) and Kristi Frankenheimer (for Bummer Summer).

Awards were also handed out in commercials and still categories as well as for public employees on the city, county, state and federal levels.

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