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Utah Film Critics Awards: Viggo Mortensen Among Surprise Winners

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.

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