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"Locker" Tops National Society of Film Critics

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 3, 2010 at 9:50AM

Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" added yet another honor to its pile of critics awards, easily topping the National Society of Film Critics annual awards over runners-up "Summer Hours" and "Inglorious Basterds." The film received 64 votes for best picture, compared to "Hours"'s 23 and "Basterds"'s 17. It also won honors for best director and actor. That gave the film a clean sweep of the three most prestigious critics groups, as it also won best picture in New York and Los Angeles. The last film do make that sweep was Curtis Hanson's "L.A. Confidential" back in 1997, which ended up losing Oscar's big prize to James Cameron's "Titanic."
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Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" added yet another honor to its pile of critics awards, easily topping the National Society of Film Critics annual awards over runners-up "Summer Hours" and "Inglorious Basterds." The film received 64 votes for best picture, compared to "Hours"'s 23 and "Basterds"'s 17. It also won honors for best director and actor. That gave the film a clean sweep of the three most prestigious critics groups, as it also won best picture in New York and Los Angeles. The last film do make that sweep was Curtis Hanson's "L.A. Confidential" back in 1997, which ended up losing Oscar's big prize to James Cameron's "Titanic."

Other major winners included French actress Yolande Moreau, who narrowly won for her work in "Seraphine" over Meryl Streep (she had 22 votes, while Streep had 21). This came after Moreau surprised many by taking the same prize with the Los Angeles critics. "Inglorious Basterds"'s Christoph Waltz and "Precious"'s Mo'Nique continued their domination of supporting acting categories, though Waltz tied "Bright Star"'s Paul Schneider this time around, and both were just one vote ahead of "Me & Orson Welles"'s Christian McKay.

Olivier Assayas's "Summer Hours" won another prize for best foreign language film, while Agnes Varda's "The Beaches of Agnes" took best documentary.

The National Society of Film Critics includes 64 members from major media outlets across the US. They have been handing out awards since 1966. Last year, Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir" topped the list.

The complete list of their results is below. For an updated list of all the awards announced for 2009, click here.


BEST PICTURE
*1. The Hurt Locker 64 (Kathryn Bigelow)
2. Summer Hours 23 (Olivier Assayas)
3. Inglourious Basterds (17) Quentin Tarantino

BEST DIRECTOR
*1. Kathryn Bigelow 85 (The Hurt Locker)
2. Olivier Assayas 23 (Summer Hours)
3. Wes Anderson 18 (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
*1. Summer Hours 61 (Olivier Assayas)
2. Everlasting Moments 21 (Jan Troell)
3. Police, Adjective 20 (Corneliu Porumboiu)
3. 35 Shots of Rum 20 (Claire Denis)

BEST NONFICTION FILM
*1. The Beaches of Agnes 40 (Agnes Varda)
2. Tyson 30 (James Toback)
3. Anvil! The Story of Anvil 25 (Sacha Gervasi)

BEST SCREENPLAY
*1. Joel and Ethan Coen 33 (A Serious Man)
2. Olivier Assayas 25 (Summer Hours)
3. Quentin Tarantino 22 (Inglourious Basterds)

BEST ACTRESS
*1. Yolande Moreau 22 (Seraphine)
2. Meryl Streep 21 (Julie & Julia and Fantastic Mr. Fox)
3. Abbie Cornish 19 (Bright Star)

BEST ACTOR
*1. Jeremy Renner 30 (The Hurt Locker)
2. Jeff Bridges 24 (Crazy Heart)
3. Nicolas Cage 15 (Bad Lieutenant)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*1. Mo'Nique 28 (Precious)
2. Anna Kendrick 24 (Up in the Air)
2. Samantha Morton 24 (The Messenger)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
*1. Christoph Waltz 28 (Inglourious Basterds)
*1. Paul Schneider 28 (Bright Star)
3. Christian McKay 27 (Me and Orson Welles)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
*1. The White Ribbon 33 (Christian Berger)
2. The Hurt Locker 32 (Barry Ackroyd)
3. Everlasting Moments - 19 (Jan Troell)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
*1. Nelson Lowry 43 (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
2. Rick Carter 28 (Avatar)
3. Henry Selick 12 (Coraline)

HERITAGE AWARDS
- Restoration of “Rashomon”
Academy Film Archive and National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, as well as Kadokawa Pictures, Inc.

- Bruce Posner for his restoration of “Manhatta”

- Treasures of American FIlm Vol. 4 (Avant Garde 1947 - 1986)

- Warner Archive Collection

- UCLA Film & Television Archive for the restoration of “The Red Shoes”
6) Kino International, Avant Garde Vol 3. Experimental Cinema 1922 - 1954

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