“The Hurt Locker” is one step closer to Oscar…

Director Kathryn Bigelow accepts the award for Best Directing at the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Awards. Source: Reuters

“The Hurt Locker” and “Inglorious Basterds” were the critics’ choices last night at the 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, as both films won multiple awards.

Hosted by Kristen Chenowith (Pushing Daisies), the critics honored the best in film for the year 2009 and their top choice was Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker”.  The film won Best Picture and Bigelow won Best Directing; making history as the first woman to ever win the honor. No surprises there, I picked “The Hurt Locker” to win this award months ago.

But speaking of surprises, the big surprise came when Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock won the Best Actress honor in a tie vote, proving that a stellar body of work over the years trumps a single exceptional performance. Both women were gracious towards each other and their fellow nominees, even going as far as engaging in a full on lip-lock and proclaiming how they both love “food and sex.”   And as expected Mo’Nique won her first major award for Best Supporting Actress, praising director Lee Daniels during her speech.

Actor Tobey Maguire presents Actress Mo'Nique with a Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress. Source: Reuters/ Mario Anzuoni

As for the world’s biggest blockbuster Avatar, they took home a few cinematography awards and Best Action Movie. Both director James Cameron and actress Zoe Saldana were on hand; Saldana was also nominated  with the cast of “Star Trek” for Best Ensemble.

The night wasn’t all about the girls though, the men took home their fair share of awards too. Jeff Bridges beat out a noticeably  absent George Clooney for Best Actor; Clooney’s absence was due to preparation he’s doing for a Haiti telethon. (Gotta love him)  His director Jason Reitman and writing partner Sheldon Turner took home the Best Adapted Screenplay award for “Up in The Air.”   Kevin Bacon was presented with the Joel Siegel Award by his “River is Wild” co-star Meryl Streep. During his speech he talked about his Sixdegrees.org site and directed everyone to a $25 voucher in their program that could be used for a charity of their choosing.  And lastly Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino and the entire cast of “Inglorious Basterds” walked away with awards for Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble.

It was indeed a great night and a predictor of what the Academy Awards can look like on March 7th. Sandra Bullock has gotten a huge boost in her category and I think its safe to say, The Hurt Locker is the film to beat.

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