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Critics Choice Gives Top Awards to Hurt Locker

Avatar Scoops Up Armload of Tech Awards

Above: Jeremy Renner in "The Hurt Locker"

The Broadcast Film Critics Association gave out their Critics Choice Awards tonight and the big winners were "The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar."

As a fan of Kathryn Bigelow I was thrilled to see her win the Best Director Award. It was also amusing because she and her film beat out her ex (James Cameron) and his film ("Avatar") for the top two prizes: Best Director and Best Picture. Bigelow made the worst film of her career ("Blue Steel") while married to Cameron, and her best films ("Near Dark," "The Hurt Locker") before and after her marriage to him. I just say this as an observation. But kudos to her, she deserves the prize.

The other surprise of the evening is the tie for Best Actress between Meryl Streep ("Julie and Julia") and "Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side").

Of course what everyone is really wondering right now is if these awards are a foreshadowing of either the Golden Globes or the Oscars. In the case of Bigelow and "The Hurt Locker" I sure hope so!


20th Century Fox

Above: "Avatar"

Here's a list of all the winners.

Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker”

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”

Best Actress: (tie) Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia,” and Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire”

Best Young Actor/Actress: Saoirse Ronan, “The Lovely Bones”

"Inglorious Basterds"

The Weinstein Company

Above: "Inglorious Basterds"

Best Acting Ensemble: “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”

Best Cinematography: “Avatar”

Best Art Direction: “Avatar”

Best Editing: “Avatar”

Best Costume Design: “The Young Victoria”

Best Makeup: “District 9”

Best Visual Effects: “Avatar”

Best Sound: “Avatar”

Best Animated Feature: “Up”

Best Action Movie: “Avatar”

Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms are three men and a baby in Vegas in "The Hangover"

Warner Brothers

Above: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms are three men and a baby in Vegas in "The Hangover"

Best Comedy: “The Hangover”

Best Picture Made for Television: “Grey Gardens”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Broken Embraces”

Best Documentary: “The Cove”

Best Song: "The Weary Kind," T Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham (Crazy Heart)

Best Score: “Up”

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IanForbes | January 16, 2010 at 2:36 a.m. ― 7 years, 2 months ago

Fairly decent list. While I wouldn't have given "Avatar" all the keys to the technical kingdom, it's nice to see "The Hurt Locker" and Kathryn Bigelow get their due. Of course, my biggest complaints come in the Best Actor and Actress category but it's too later for me to get on my soapbox, I'm going to bed.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | January 16, 2010 at 1:58 p.m. ― 7 years, 2 months ago

Agreed. Although I'd never complain about Bridges winning an award it wasn't his best work and others were better this year. Same goes for Streep. Oh well, at least I can rejoice in Bigelow's award, Hurt Locker winning, and Waltz getting a much deserved supporting nod.

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