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New York Film Critics love ''The Hurt Locker'' too

The Hurt Locker won the Best Picture and Best Director honors from the New York Film Critics Circle today, mirroring the votes by the Boston and L.A. critics' groups announced Sunday. George Clooney was named Best Actor for Up in the Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox, while Meryl Streep won Best Actress for Julie & Julia.

Once again, Precious' Mo'Nique won Best Supporting Actress and Inglourious Basterds' Christoph Waltz was named Best Supporting Actor. The chances of these two not winning Oscars in these categories now appear to be less than zero.

In the Loop got Best Screenplay, Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours won Best Foreign Language Film and Fantastic Mr. Fox won Best Animated Film. I don't think the New York and L.A. critics, whose winners tend to rarely overlap, have ever had such similar results.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Director – KATHRYN BIGELOW for “The Hurt Locker”
Best Screenplay – IN THE LOOP
Best Actress – MERYL STREEP  for “Julie & Julia”
Best Actor – GEORGE CLOONEY for “Up In The Air” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
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


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