Jason Reitman's comedy-drama Up in the Air was voted the best film, but as it's happened before Kathryn Bigelow was the best director for the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker. Also as it's happened before, Reitman and Sheldon Turner's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year (in the adapted category), while The Hurt Locker's Mark Boal is nowhere to be found in the list of winners. In Up in the Air, George Clooney stars as a frequent-flying corporate-downsizing expert.
Meryl Streep was the best actress for her star turn as Julia Child in Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia (Amy Adams' Julie hasn't been at all lucky this awards season), while Mo'Nique won for her abusive mother in Lee Daniels' Precious and Christoph Waltz for his multilingual Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Tarantino's World War II revenge fantasy also earned the director-screenwriter the best original screenplay award. Pete Docter's Up was the best animated feature.
The unusual suspects rounded up by the Kansas City critics were two: Matteo Garrone's Camorra saga Gomorrah, chosen as the best foreign language film, and best documentary Every Little Step, Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern's portrait of auditions for a Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.
Kansas City Film Critics Awards 2010
Best Film – Up in the Air
Best Foreign Language Film – Gomorrah
Best Documentary – Every Little Step
Best Animated Film – Up
Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Actress – Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Best Actor – George Clooney, Up in the Air
Best Supporting Actress – Mo'Nique, Precious
Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Original Screenplay – Inglourious Basterds
Best Adapted Screenplay – Up in the Air
Vince Koehler Award for Outstanding Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film – District 9