Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Awards: George Clooney, 'Up in the Air' winners
The Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association Awards were announced on Dec. 17. Jason Reitman's Up in the Air was selected as the Best Film of 2009, while its frequent-flying star, George Clooney, was the year's Best Actor. Reitman himself was the Best Director.
For her performance as a young woman seduced by an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) in Lone Scherfig's An Education, Carey Mulligan was voted Best Actress.
Critics' favorite Christoph Waltz was the Best Supporting Actor winner for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, while another critics' favorite, Mo'Nique, took top honors in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance as Gabourey Sidibe's vicious Mom in Lee Daniels' Precious.
Pete Docter's lighthearted box office hit Up was the Best Animated Film. At the other end of the feel-good scale, Louie Psihoyos' The Cove, about the bloody slaughter of dolphins in a small Japanese village, was the Best Documentary.
'Sin Nombre' wins, 'The Hurt Locker' doesn't
Cary Joji Fukunaga's Sin Nombre was the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics' Best Foreign Language Film. The story of a Honduran adolescent (Paulina Gaitan) who joins her long-estranged father in an attempt to emigrate to the United States by way of Mexico, Sin Nombre also features Edgar Flores and Kristyan Ferrer as a pair Mexican gang members.
Curiously, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker – a critics' favorite this awards season – failed to top any of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics' award categories. Having said that, Bigelow's Iraq War drama did end up as a runner-up in several instances, including Best Film.
See below the full list of Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association 2009 winners and runners-up.
2009 Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Awards
Best Film: Up in the Air directed by Jason Reitman.
Runners-up: Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, Lee Daniels' Precious, Pete Docter's Up, Lone Scherfig's An Education, Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, Neill Blomkamp's District 9, James Cameron's Avatar, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Best Foreign Language Film: Sin Nombre directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Best Documentary: The Cove directed by Louie Psihoyos.
Runners-up: Sacha Gervasi's Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story, Kenny Ortega's Michael Jackson's This Is It, Anders Østergaard's Burma VJ and R.J. Cutler's The September Issue (tie).
Best Animated Film: Up directed by Pete Docter.
Runner-up: Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Best Director: Jason Reitman, Up in the Air.
Runners-up: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker; Lee Daniels, Precious; Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man; Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds.
Best Actor: George Clooney, Up in the Air.
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, An Education.
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds.
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, Precious.
Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air.
Runner-up: Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man.
Best Cinematography: Andrew Lesnie, The Lovely Bones.
Runner-up: Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker.
Russell Smith Award for Best Low Budget or Cutting Edge Indie: Precious.
Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association website.
Vera Farmiga, George Clooney Up in the Air image: Dale Robinette / Paramount Pictures.
Edgar Flores Sin Nombre image: Eniac Martinez / Focus Features.