Is it too soon to say that The Hurt Locker is the film to beat in 2009? After being named film of the year by the LAFCA and the BSFC, the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) has added another accolade to Kathryn Bigelow’s intense war drama. Bigelow herself also took yet another win for Best Director, while Christoph Waltz and Mo’Nique each took home another accolade for Best Supporting Actor (Inglourious Basterds) and Best Supporting Actress (Precious), respectively. George Clooney was named Best Actor for his performances in Up in the Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is impressive considering the latter is only a vocal performance. Speaking of Fox, the film pulled another surprise upset by taking Best Animated Film over Pixar’s Up following yesterday’s announcement that LAFCA chose Anderson’s stop-mo flick over Pete Docter’s delightful 3D adventure.
Hit the jump for the full list of winners.
BEST FILM: The Hurt Locker
BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
BEST SCREENPLAY: In the Loop
BEST ACTRESS: Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo’Nique for Precious
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Christian Berger for The White Ribbon
BEST ANIMATED FILM: Fantastic Mr. Fox
BEST NON-FICTION FILM: Of Time and the City
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Summer Hours
BEST FIRST FEATURE: Hunger, director Steve McQueen
SPECIAL AWARD: To Andrew Sarris for his contribution to film criticism.