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Jeremy Renner, Carey Mulligan: Chicago Film Critics Winners

Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie in The Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie in The Hurt Locker (Jonathan Olley / Summit Entertainment)

Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker, which follows a bomb disposal unit as they go about doing their work, was the big winner with the Chicago Film Critics Association. The film won in each of the five categories it was nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (for Mark Boal), Best Actor (Jeremy Renner) and Best Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd).

This is one of Mark Boal's few wins thus far. Despite the popularity of The Hurt Locker among US film critics, Boal has been usually bypassed in favor of the screenwriters of Up in the Air, A Serious Man, or (500) Days of Summer. It must have helped that the Chicago critics, unlike many of their counterparts, have two screenplay categories. In fact, Up in the Air's Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner received the Best Adapted Screenplay award.

Among the Chicago critics' other multiple winners were Pete Docter's animated hit Up, which won for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score, and Carey Mulligan, named both Most Promising Performer and Best Actress for Lone Scherfig's coming-of-age drama An Education.

The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke's drama about strange goings-on in a small village in pre-World War I Germany, was named Best Foreign Language Film, while Anvil: The True Story of Anvil, described in the Chicago critics' release as “a real-life This is Spinal Tap following a long-running and low-selling heavy metal band as they make one final attempt at achieving stardom,” won the award for Best Documentary. Neill Blomkamp was voted the Most Promising Filmmaker for the sleeper hit District 9.

But the Chicago critics' most astounding surprises were found in the supporting categories: Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique won for, respectively, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Lee Daniels' Precious.

2009 Chicago Film Critics winners: Dec. 21, '09

("*" denotes the winner in each category)

* The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
Where the Wild Things Are

Broken Embraces
Red Cliff
Sin Nombre
Summer Hours
* The White Ribbon

* Anvil!: The True Story of Anvil
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Cove
Food, Inc.

Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
* Up

* Kathryn Bigelow (-) The Hurt Locker
Joel & Ethan Coen (-) A Serious Man
Spike Jonze (-) Where the Wild Things Are
Jason Reitman (-) Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino (-) Inglourious Basterds

Jeff Bridges (-) Crazy Heart
George Clooney (-) Up in the Air
Matt Damon (-) The Informant!
* Jeremy Renner (-) The Hurt Locker
Michael Stuhlbarg (-) A Serious Man

Abbie Cornish (-) Bright Star
* Carey Mulligan (-) An Education
Maya Rudolph (-) Away We Go
Gabourey Sidibe (-) Precious
Meryl Streep (-) Julie & Julia

Peter Capaldi (-) In the Loop
Woody Harrelson (-) The Messenger
Christian McKay (-) Me and Orson Welles
Stanley Tucci (-) The Lovely Bones
* Christoph Waltz (-) Inglourious Basterds

Vera Farmiga (-) Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick (-) Up in the Air
* Mo'Nique (-) Precious
Julianne Moore (-) A Single Man
Natalie Portman (-) Brothers

Away We Go (-) Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida
* The Hurt Locker (-) Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds (-) Quentin Tarantino
A Serious Man (-) Joel & Ethan Coen
Up (-) Bob Peterson

An Education (-) Nick Hornby
In the Loop (-) Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche
The Informant! (-) Scott Z. Burns
* Up in the Air (-) Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner
Where the Wild Things Are (-) Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers

Avatar (-) Mauro Fiore
Bright Star (-) Greig Fraser
* The Hurt Locker (-) Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds (-) Robert Richardson
Where the Wild Things Are (-) Lance Acord

* Up (-) Michael Giacchino
Avatar (-) James Horner
Fantastic Mr. Fox (-) Alexandre Desplat
The Informant! (-) Marvin Hamlisch
Where the Wild Things Are (-) Carter Burwell & Karen Orzolek

Sharlto Copley (-) District 9
Christian McKay (-) Me and Orson Welles
* Carey Mulligan (-) An Education
Max Records (-) Where the Wild Things Are
Gabourey Sidibe (-) Precious

* Neill Blomkamp (-) District 9
Scott Cooper (-) Crazy Heart
Cary Joji Fukunaga (-) Sin Nombre
Duncan Jones (-) Moon
Marc Webb (-) (500) Days of Summer

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