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Best Film 'Avatar': New York Film Critics Online winners

The New York Film Critics Online has announced their list of 2009 award winners. Curiously, their Best Picture selection was James Cameron's global blockbuster Avatar, while Kathryn Bigelow was the Best Director of the year for the relatively little-seen Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker.

The Best Actor and Best Actress awards went to, respectively, Jeff Bridges for playing a country singer in Crazy Heart and Meryl Streep for portraying chef Julia Child in Julie & Julia.

But most shocking of all was the critics' choice of Mo'Nique as Best Supporting Actress for Lee Daniels' Precious and Christoph Waltz as Best Supporting Actor for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. No, scratch that.

Also, Michael Haneke's stark black-and-white drama The White Ribbon was the Best Foreign Language Film.

Below is the full list of New York Film Critics Online 2009 award winners.

New York Film Critics Online winners

BEST PICTURE
Avatar (20th Century Fox).

TOP 11 PICTURES (in alphabetical order)
Adventureland (Miramax Films).
Avatar (20th Century Fox).
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox Searchlight).
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment).
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company).
The Messenger (Oscilloscope).
Precious (Lionsgate).
A Serious Man (Focus Features).
Two Lovers (Magnolia).
Up (Disney / Pixar).
Up in the Air (Paramount).

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The White Ribbon (Sony Classics).

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Cove (Roadside Attractions).

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Up (Disney/Pixar).

BEST DIRECTOR
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker.

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart.

BEST ACTRESS
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mo'Nique, Precious.

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
In the Loop.

BEST SCREENPLAY
Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Inglourious Basterds, Robert Richardson.

BEST FILM MUSIC OR SCORE
Crazy Heart, Stephen Bruton and T Bone Burnett; music supervisor, Jeffrey Pollack.

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds.

BEST DEBUT AS DIRECTOR
Marc Webb, (500) Days of Summer.

 

Zoe Saldana Avatar image: Weta Digital / 20th Century Fox.

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