By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 16, 2010 at 3:59AM
The 15th Annual Broadcast Film Critics Awards (or the "Critics' Choice," as they are widely known) were handed out tonight at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Leading the winners was James Cameron's "Avatar," which won a whopping seven trophies - though none of them in major categories.
Cameron's ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow actually took the nights two top honors - best director and best picture - for her "The Hurt Locker," while "Inglourious Basterds" won three major awards: best supporting actor for Christoph Waltz, best original screenplay for Quentin Tarnantino, and the award for best acting ensemble.
Meanwhile, for the second year in a row, Meryl Streep tied for a win in the best actress category, this time with "The Blind Side"'s Sandra Bullock. Last year, she tied "Rachel Getting Married" star Anne Hathaway.
Other major winners included Jeff Bridges, who won best actor for "Crazy Heart," and Mo'Nique, who gave a passionate speech upon winning the best supporting actress award for "Precious."
"Thank you to who i believe is one of the most brilliant and visonary directors of our time," she said. "Lee Daniels, you are absolutely brilliant... And Gabby, sister, I am awe struck by your presence, baby."
Generally, the awards are seen as a very reliable predicator of the Oscars. Last year, eventual Oscar winners "Slumdog Millionaire," Danny Boyle, Sean Penn, Heath Ledger and Kate Winslet (though in the supporting actress category) all won with the BFCA.
The complete list of winners:
The Hurt Locker
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
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
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Original Screenplay:
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Jason Reitman & Shelton Turner, Up In The Air"
Best Acting Ensemble:
Best Young Actor/Actress:
Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones
Best Animated Feature
Best Action Movie
Best Foreign Language Film:
Best Documentary Feature:
"The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart
Best Art Direction:
Best Costume Design:
The Young Victoria
Best Visual Effects: