"Hurt Locker" a blast at Critics Choice Awards

Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:00am EST
 
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Hurt Locker," a low-budget movie about an American bomb-disposal unit in Iraq, was named best picture on Friday at the Critics' Choice Awards, an event that has an uncanny knack of foreshadowing Oscar success.

The movie's director, Kathryn Bigelow, also was honored, beating a high-profile field that included her ex-husband, "Avatar" filmmaker James Cameron -- a duel she described as "sorta surreal."

"Avatar," which scored nine nominations, was named best action movie, and picked up five other awards in newly established technical categories to lead the overall field.

Jeff Bridges was named best actor for playing a drunken country singer in "Crazy Heart," while the actress award was a tie between Meryl Streep for "Julie & Julia" and Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side."

The supporting actor awards went to a pair of on-screen villains: Austrian actor Christoph Waltz for his turn as a malevolent Nazi in "Inglourious Basterds" and comedienne Mo'Nique who played an abusive mother in "Precious."

"NINE" AN UNLUCKY NUMBER

"Inglourious Basterds" won two other awards: for director Quentin Tarantino's original screenplay and for best ensemble. Along with the all-star musical "Nine," it led the field with 10 nominations. "Nine," a major box-office bomb, went home empty-handed.

Other winners included Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for their adapted screenplay for "Up in the Air," and Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces" for foreign-language film.   Continued...

 
<p>Actress Meryl Streep (L) and Sandra Bullock kiss after their tie win for best actress at the 15th Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles January 15, 2010. Presenter Bradley Cooper is shown (R.) REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>