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Viggo Mortensen Among Surprise Winners: More Critics Awards

Utah Film Critics Viggo Mortensen The RoadUtah Film Critics' Best Actor winner: Viggo Mortensen in 'The Road.'

Utah Film Critics awards: 'Up in the Air' up on top again

The Utah Film Critics Association announced its list of 2009 award winners and runners-up on Dec. 18. Jason Reitman's socially conscious Up in the Air was named the Best Film of the year, while Reitman was voted Best Director.

Both Reitman and his film also won top honors at the 2009 Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics awards yesterday. George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick star.

Carey Mulligan, for her part, reprised her Dallas-Ft. Worth win by bagging the Utah Film Critics' Best Actress award for her performance as a young woman involved with an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) in Lone Scherfig's An Education.

More unexpected was the choice of Viggo Mortensen, playing a concerned father in John Hillcoat's dystopian The Road, as the year's Best Actor. And so was the Best Actress runner-up: Maya Rudolph for Sam Mendes' Away We Go.

'Thirst,' Christian McKay are surprise winners in Utah

The Utah Film Critics came up with surprises in other categories as well. Park Chan-wook's Korean vampire thriller Thirst was the Best Foreign Language Film, while the Best Supporting Actor winner was Christian McKay, who plays Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons director Orson Welles in Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles. Zac Efron and Claire Danes star.

Mo'Nique was the expected Best Supporting Actress winner for playing Gabourey Sidibe's mother in Lee Daniels' Precious.

Curiously, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, this awards season's favorite movie and the top contender for the Best Picture Oscar, failed to top any of the Utah Film Critics' award categories. The same happened yesterday, when the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics announced their choices. Having said that, Bigelow's Iraq War drama did end up as second choice for Best Picture and Best Actor (Jeremy Renner).

See below the full list of Utah Film Critics Association winners and runners-up.

Thirst Park Chan-wook'Thirst' by Park Chan-wook, starring Shin Ha-kyun Shin, Kim Ok-bin, Kim Hae-suk and Song Kang-ho.

Utah Film Critics Awards

Best Picture
Up in the Air directed by Jason Reitman.

Runners-up: Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

Best Non-English Language Feature
Thirst directed by Park Chan-wook.

Runner-up: Cary Joji Fukunaga's Sin Nombre.

Best Documentary Feature
The Cove directed by Louie Psihoyos.

Runner-up: Sacha Gervasi's Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Best Animated Feature
Fantastic Mr. Fox directed by Wes Anderson.

Runner-up: Pete Docter's Up.

Best Director
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air.

Runner-up: John Hillcoat, The Road.

Best Actor
Viggo Mortensen, The Road.

Runner-up: Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker.

Best Actress
Carey Mulligan, An Education.

Runner-up: Maya Rudolph, Away We Go.

Best Supporting Actor
Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles.

Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds.

Best Supporting Actress
Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire.

Runner-up: Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air.

Best Screenplay
Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Runners-up: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, (500) Days of Summer; Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds.

 

Source for the list of Utah Film Critics Award winners: Deseret News.

Utah Film Critics' Best Actor winner: Viggo Mortensen The Road image: Dimension Films.

Image of Park Chan-wook's Thirst: Focus Features.

Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics George Clooney Up in the AirDallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics' Best Actor winner George Clooney in 'Up in the Air,' with Vera Farmiga.

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.

Sin Nombre Edgar Flores'Sin Nombre' with Edgar Flores.

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.

Runners-up: Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces, Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours, Uli Edel's The Baader Meinhof Complex, John Woo's Red Cliff.

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.

Runners-up: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart; Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker; Colin Firth, A Single Man; Morgan Freeman, Invictus.

Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, An Education.

Runners-up: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia; Gabourey Sidibe, Precious; Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria; Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side.

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds.

Runners-up: Woody Harrelson, The Messenger; Alfred Molina, An Education; Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones; Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles.

Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, Precious.

Runners-up: Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air; Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air; Marion Cotillard, Nine; Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart.

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.

Gabourey Sidibe, Jeremy Renner: Las Vegas Film Critics Winners

Best Picture
The Hurt Locker

Best Foreign Language Film
Red Cliff (China)

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Best Actor
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Best Actress
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress
Mo'Nique, Precious

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, (500) Days of Summer

Best Documentary
Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Best Animated Film
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Best Cinematography
Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker

Best Film Editing
Bob Murawski, The Hurt Locker

Best Score
Michael Giacchino, Star Trek

Best Song
"The Weary Kind” (theme from Crazy Heart) Music and Lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best Art Direction
Avatar

Best Costume Design
Anna B. Sheppard, Inglorious Basterds

Best Visual Effects
Star Trek

Best Family Film
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Youth in Film
Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones

Best DVD (Packaging, Design, and Content)
The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition). Directed by Victor Fleming, the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production of The Wizard of Oz features Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton.

The William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award
Cinematographer Roger Deakins

 

Las Vegas Film Critics Society website.

Houston Film Critics winners

The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow

There are no surprises, major or otherwise, in the Houston Film Critics Society's list of the best 2009 had to offer. Critics' faves The Hurt Locker (above) and Up in the Air won three prizes each. The former for best film, best director (Kathryn Bigelow), and best cinematography (Barry Ackroyd); the latter for best actor (George Clooney), best supporting actress (Anna Kendrick), and best screenplay (Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner).

Other Houston winners matched those found in best-of-the-year lists compiled by other US-based critics' groups, including Carey Mulligan as best actress for An Education, Cary Joji Fukunaga's Sin Nombre as best foreign language film, Pete Docter's Up as best animated feature, Louie Psihoyoss' The Cove as best documentary, and Christoph Waltz as best supporting actor for Inglourious Basterds. Additionally, Up earned composer Michael Giacchino an award for best original score.

Houston native Patrick Swayze received a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award, while the Outstanding Achievement Award went to veteran local publicist Margaret Stratton, who's retiring after decades representing film-industry clients in the Houston area.

And finally, the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year Award was given to actor G.W. Bailey for his work with the Sunshine Kids Foundation.

Photo: (Jonathan Olley / Summit Entertainment)

Houston Film Critics Awards 2009

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker

Best Foreign Language Film: Sin Nombre

Best Documentary: The Cove

Best Animated Film: Up

Best Dir.: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Best Actor: George Clooney, Up in the Air

Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, An Education

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Best Scr.: Jason Reitman and Shelton, Up in the Air

Best Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker

Best Original Score: Michael Giacchino, Up

Best Original Song: “Petey's Song” from Fantastic Mr. Fox

Lifetime Achievement Award: Patrick Swayze

Outstanding Achievement Award: Margaret Stratton

Humanitarian of the Year Award: G.W. Bailey

Source: culturemap.com

New York Film Critics Online Awards: 'Avatar' Tops, James Cameron Not

New York Film Critics Online Awards AvatarNew York Film Critics Online: Best Film Award goes to 'Avatar,' with Zoe Saldana.

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.

New York Film Critics Online website.

Upcoming Year-End Film Awards 2009

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

Dec. 17: The National Board of Review, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and critics from Los Angeles, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Indiana, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and Las Vegas, among others, have already announced their lists of 2009 winners and/or nominees. But that's not all, folks. Several more critics' groups are expected to announce their year-end winners or nominees in the next couple of weeks.

Among those are: Detroit critics' winners, London nominations, Chicago winners, St. Louis winners, Florida winners, Houston winners, and nominations from the Online Society of Film Critics. Plus results from Utah, Phoenix, Central Ohio, and Oklahoma critics' groups.

Expect to hear of more honors going to the same five or six films and the same five or six performances: The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, George Clooney in Up in the Air, Colin Firth in A Single Man, Carey Mulligan in An Education, Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, Mo'Nique in Precious, Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds.

Expect either Up or Fantastic Mr. Fox to win more best animated feature awards. Expect The Cove to get more accolades as best documentary. Expect Sin Nombre or Summer Hours to be named – once again – best foreign language film. And expect Quentin Tarantino (for Inglourious Basterds) or Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (for Up in the Air) to be named best screenwriter(s) of 2009.

Expect also a few (always welcome) off-the-wall surprises as well. Michelle Pfeiffer for Chéri? Paul Schneider for Bright Star? Olivia Williams for An Education? Charlotte Gainsbourg for Antichrist?

Hell, Lars von Trier for Antichrist?

Dec. 18 - Detroit (winners)

Dec. 19 - Houston (winners)

Dec. 20 - Satellite Awards (winners)

Dec. 21 - London (noms)

Dec. 21 - Chicago (winners)

Dec. 21 - St. Louis (winners)

Dec. 21 - Florida (winners)

Dec. 31 - Online Film Critics (noms)


         
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