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George Clooney, Carey Mulligan Win More Film Critics Awards

Anna Kendrick, George Clooney in Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick, George Clooney in Up in the Air

Up in the Air bagged one more US film critics' award: The St. Louis Film Critics have chosen it as the best film of 2009. The runner-up was the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker.

George Clooney was voted best actor for Up in the Air, with Patton Oswalt for Big Fan coming in second place. The Best Actress was Carey Mulligan for her London school student ready to have her first sexual experience with a man about twice her age in Lone Scherfig's An Education. Mulligan was followed by Gabourey Sidibe's illiterate pregnant teen in Lee Daniels' Precious.

Nothing new among the supporting category winners. The Best Supporting Actor was Christoph Waltz for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, followed by Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones. Mo'Nique was the Best Supporting Actress winner for Precious; the runner-up in this category was Marion Cotillard in Rob Marshall's musical Nine.

The Best Director award went to Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. There was a tie for runner-up between Jason Reitman for Up in the Air and Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds. The Best Screenplay was Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber's (500) Days of Summer, followed by Reitman and Sheldon Turner's Up in the Air.

The Best Documentary was Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story, followed by the rockumentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. The Best Animated Film was Pete Docter's Up and the runner-up was Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Red Cliff was the Best Foreign Film, followed by Treeless Mountain.

SLFC association's website.

2009 St. Louis Film Critics nominations: Dec. 14, '09

2009 St. Louis Film Critics winners: Dec. 21, '09

("*" denotes the winner in each category)

Best Film
(500) Days of Summer
An Education
The Hurt Locker
* Up in the Air

Best Foreign Language Film
The Baader-Meinhof Complex
Coco Before Chanel
The Maid
* Red Cliff
Sin Nombre
Treeless Mountain

Best Documentary
Anvil: The Story of Anvil
* Capitalism: A Love Story
Food, Inc.
Good Hair

Best Animated Film
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
* Up

Best Director
Wes Anderson - Fantastic Mr. Fox
* Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
Oren Moverman - The Messenger
Jason Reitman - Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
* George Clooney - Up in the Air
Ben Foster - The Messenger
Morgan Freeman - Invictus
Patton Oswald - Big Fan
Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

Best Actress
* Carey Mulligan - An Education
Saoirse Ronan - The Lovely Bones
Maya Rudolph - Away We Go
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall - The Road
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Alfred Molina - An Education
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
* Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress
Marion Cotillard - Nine
Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air
Melanie Laurent - Inglourious Basterds
* Mo'Nique - Precious
Samantha Morton - The Messenger

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)
* (500) Days of Summer - Scott Neustadter/Michael H. Weber
An Education - Nick Hornby
The Hurt Locker - Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds - Quentin Tarantino
Up in the Air - Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best Cinematography
The Hurt Locker - Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds - Robert Richardson
* Nine - Dion Beebe
Red Cliff - Yue Lü and Li Zhang
A Single Man - Eduard Grau
Where the Wild Things Are - Lance Acord

Best Music
Crazy Heart
* Nine
Pirate Radio
The Princess and the Frog

Best Visual Effects
* Avatar
District 9
The Lovely Bones
Star Trek
Where the Wild Things Are

Best Comedy
(500) Days of Summer
Away We Go
* The Hangover
Pirate Radio

Most Original, Innovative or Creative Film (“Most Artistic Film”)?
(500) Days of Summer
* Avatar
District 9
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Lovely Bones

Special Merit (“Favorite Scene”)
(500) Days of Summer - Expectations vs. reality splitscreen sequence
(500) Days of Summer - Morning after dance number
Inglourious Basterds - The opening farm house scene
Precious - Mo'Nique's at social worker office scene
* Up - Opening marriage montage at beginning

Up in the Air image: (Dale Robinette / Paramount).

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