The results are in for the New York Film Critics Circle. Once again, The Hurt Locker takes the grand prize as Best Picture of the Year. By no means does this indicate that this is the frontrunner for the Academy Award, in my opinion. I still have a feeling Avatar and Up in the Air will be very serious contenders, but what can be guaranteed is a nomination for Best Picture and one for Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director.
Here are the rest of the winners:
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Best Screenplay: In the Loop
Best Actor: George Clooney (Up in the Air)
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique (Precious)
Best Cinematographer: Christian Berger (The White Ribbon)
Best Animated Film: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Best Documentary: Of Time and The City
Best Foreign Film: Summer Hours
Best First Film: Hunger (Steve McQueen)
Other quick notes: Fantastic Mr. Fox has been topping Pixar’s Up in these critics awards precursors. What does that mean? Well, this certainly hurts the chances for Up to be included as one of the ten Best Picture nominations that a lot of people have been discussing.
Meryl Streep’s win as Best Actress over Carey Mulligan came to a bit surprise for me. And George Clooney continues to have a very strong case to be the slight front-runner in the extremely talented and packed Best Actor category this year.