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Meryl Streep & George Clooney Win More Awards, Oscar Ballots: Only One Selection Counts

Vera Farmiga, George Clooney in Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga, George Clooney in Up in the Air (Dale Robinette / Paramount)

Usual suspects Up, Up in the Air, Kathryn Bigelow, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Mo'Nique, and Christoph Waltz are the Kansas City Film Critics Circle's choices for best of 2009.

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

Oscar ballots best pictureOscar ballots: Best Picture selections.

Oscar ballots mailed out

Pictured above is an actual Oscar ballot for the Best Picture of 2009. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed Oscar ballots of various kinds to its 5,777 voting members on Dec. 28, '09.

According to the Academy's preferential voting system, every vote is supposed to count – unless, of course, none of your choices make it into the top ten (for Best Picture) or top five (in case you belong to a specific individual branch* as well).

Having said that, I should add that at most only one choice per ballot will be counted. It could be your first choice, or (much less likely) your fifth choice, or (much, much less likely) your tenth choice. But only one will be counted depending on who/which movie among your choices has the best chance of landing a nomination.

Sounds complicated? Well, it could always be more mind-boggling.

* At the Oscars, actors vote for actors, directors for directors, screenwriters for screenwriters, and so on.

Best Picture contenders

This year's potential Best Picture Oscar contenders include:

'It's Complicated' actors to host Oscar ceremony

The 2010 Academy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 2, '10, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 2010 Oscar ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7, '10, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. In the U.S., the Oscarcast will be televised live by ABC.

Both Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, who co-star with Meryl Streep in Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy hit It's Complicated (not about the Academy Awards' preferential voting system), will share duties as Oscar hosts.


Best Picture Oscar ballot photo: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.

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5 Comments to Meryl Streep & George Clooney Win More Awards, Oscar Ballots: Only One Selection Counts

  1. Aliah

    Thank you for posting this. I'd never seen those envelopes before.

  2. Jeff Brandt

    I don't think it was a bad movie year. 2009 was no 2007, but still . . .

  3. Patty

    I think they should be pretty funny…With age comes wisdom and Alex is only 51 any way…It hink it will be a good show, but I don't think it was a good movie year. Clooney will win..big deal

  4. Jeff Brandt

    And by Alex, I mean Alec. My brother's name is Alex, so it's a habit.

  5. Jeff Brandt

    Alex Baldwin and Steve Martin? No offense, but I thought this was 2010, not 1990.