‘Hurt Locker’ keeps it going with NYFCC

Posted by · 10:07 am · December 14th, 2009

The Hurt LockerThe New York Film Critics Circle decided not to announce its list of winners in real time this year, which is a shame because it has always been one of my favorite aspects of the season.  What we’re left with is scattered press release reveals, Twitterers scooping the group’s info as emails and phone calls circulated, and basically, the vibe that it’s just another cog in the wheel.

And that’s before you get to the absolutely uninspired list of winners.

Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” took down the Best Picture prize, joining the ranks of “Brokeback Mountain,” “Sideways,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “L.A. Confidential,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Schindler’s List” and “Goodfellas” (just to go back 20 years) with the designation of coming out on top with both the Los Angeles and New York critics.

The rest of the rundown is more of a snooze, other than George Clooney also being cited for “Fantastic Mr. Fox” along with “Up in the Air” for his Best Actor win.  “In the Loop” (a film with a popularity totally lost on me) nabbed the screenplay award, so I guess that’s something new.

But honestly, the only award that made me say, “Nice,” was the Best First Feature prize for Steve McQueen’s “Hunger,” which was released in Los Angeles last December and landed on my top 10 list as a result, but didn’t make it to New York until 2009.

The full list of winners after the jump…

Best Picture
“The Hurt Locker”

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actor
George Clooney, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Up in the Air”

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress
Mo’Nique, “Precious”

Best Screenplay
“In the Loop”

Best Cinematography
“The White Ribbon”

Best Animated Film
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Best Non-Fiction Film
“Of Time and the City”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Summer Hours”

Best First Feature

Check back later this afternoon for my list of the year’s best films.

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  • 1 12-14-2009 at 11:30 am

    Josh said...

    I’m going to be honest: I really didn’t like Hurt Locker when I saw it this summer. It was kind of a bore. A few good suspense moments and a couple of insightful glimpses into the psychology of a soldier aside, it seemed a bit pedestrian. For me, there were a few bad plotholes (where did the British soldiers disappear to?). And a really ridiculous “badass” ending. So, I’m disappointed. Hoping for more love for Up in the Air, A Single Man or A Serious Man.

  • 2 12-14-2009 at 11:36 am

    lance said...

    Why should awards be inspired and original? Are they in place to entertain us or to recognize excellence?

  • 3 12-14-2009 at 11:36 am

    Billyboy said...

    You got me excited over the Tilda Swinton-Julia prediction and now I get this…

    Why is it that this brilliant performance is getting no love?? One of the best performances of the decade, easily.

  • 4 12-14-2009 at 11:39 am

    Brian said...

    This season isn’t anywhere near as boring as the Slumdogathon last year.

  • 5 12-14-2009 at 11:41 am

    Eunice said...

    Whoa. Another for Streep. Count her safely in the race. If ‘It’s Complicated’ does well in the box office, she’s off to a really great start.

    And I love the ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’ love–not just for the movie, but also for its stars, Clooney and Streep.

  • 6 12-14-2009 at 11:47 am

    lance said...

    “The Hurt Locker” is not only getting critic’s awards but it’s about war which the academy loves if you look at their history. It’s also a chance to recognize a female director. I see this as the eventual winner.

  • 7 12-14-2009 at 11:50 am

    Hans said...

    So it looks like we have a race in Best Animated Feature at least. Appropriate in such a good year for animation. Although, one has to wonder, if Up is the only animated BP nominee, then, by default and by logic, wouldn’t/shouldn’t it be the automatic BAF winner?

  • 8 12-14-2009 at 11:52 am

    Mike_M said...

    Mr. Gittes I agree with your comment: “How bad a film year is 2009?”

    But I enjoyed Hurt Locker more than you, it was extremely well crafted and the suspense was intense, over all, this year in film has been consistently good, only a few movies really stand out for me as great.

  • 9 12-14-2009 at 11:58 am

    Andrew said...

    Well, I am happy that Streep got Best Actress and Fantastic Mr Fox got Animated Feature. Streep is on her way to the third. Got all my predictions right!

    Kris: Don’t understand why you are moaning so much. Every year a movie gets more awards than the others so I don’t see the point of saying that it is boring. Repetitive, yes, but look at the past years winners. They should move the Oscars to December if they want it to be less predictable then. So many minor awards every week.

  • 10 12-14-2009 at 12:07 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Not really moaning, just bracing myself for a season that, once again, doesn’t have room for outside-the-box thinking.

  • 11 12-14-2009 at 12:08 pm

    Martin James said...

    It seems as if critics groups are responding more to non-showy, detail-specific, soulful comedic performances ala Meryl and Sally Hawkins. Clooney’s perf might fall into this category as well.

    If you want awards recognition, do the cerebral comedy with dramatic elements.

  • 12 12-14-2009 at 12:10 pm

    Stop the whining said...

    Wow, listen to all the whiners and poor sports. Yes a girl has won. Get over it. You tried to stop her with your postings about other crappy films, trying to distract from the obvious choice. “The Hurt Locker” is sweeping for one reason, it’s the best picture of the year and really doesn’t have much competition. Period. End of story.

    None of the other films have the drama, the action, the scope, the guts, the soul, nor did any other filmmaker go to freaking the border of Iraq to shoot their drama with people throwing rocks at them. If anyone thinks a lightweight “dramedy” should win over that or a bunch of CGI animated blue people, or a campy fantasy Grindhouse Nazi film with cartoon circle wipes and a hammy Brad Pitt accent, you just aren’t thinking about what critics and Academy members like. Class and significance!

  • 13 12-14-2009 at 12:12 pm

    tintin said...

    Fox again!!!!!!!!? Noooo!

  • 14 12-14-2009 at 12:26 pm

    snowballa said...

    @stop the whining: yes, because i, a fellow female, hate “the hurt locker” winning best picture because of kathryn bigelow’s gender rather than the mediocre characters and overrated script.

    your ignorance is encyclopedic.

  • 15 12-14-2009 at 12:27 pm

    M.Harris said...

    I agree with your comment Lance, regarding post #52.

  • 16 12-14-2009 at 12:43 pm

    Nel said...

    Unoffical Break Down of NYFCC Awards Votes tallies.

    If true my heart breaks for Tilda


    Complete, unofficial vote tallies for the leaders in each category are below. Note that in the first ballot, members present (21) and proxies (8) voted for a single choice. In the second ballot, members present and proxies vote on a weighted ballot with up to three choices, but the winner must appear on a majority of ballots. This is also true of the third ballot, which does not allow proxy votes nor the introduction of new contender. If there is still no winner, a simple majority determines the outcome of the fourth ballot.


    First ballot: Meryl Streep, 5; Tilda Swinton, 5; Charlotte Gainsbourg, 4.

    Second ballot: Streep, 31; Swinton, 29; Carey Mulligan, 24


    First ballot: Christophe Waltz 11, Christian McKay 5, Anthony Mackie 3, Peter Capaldi, 3

    Second ballot: Waltz 39, McKay 31, Capaldi, 26

    Third ballot: Waltz 36, McKay 25, Capaldi, 13


    First ballot: Kathryn Bigelow 11, Jason Reitman 3, Wes Anderson 2, Oliver Assayas, 2

    Second ballot: Bigelow 56, Anderson 15, Tarantino, 13


    First Ballot: Hurt Locker 8, Up in the Air 5, Fantastic Mr. Fox, 3

    Second Ballot: Hurt Locker 42, Up in the Air 25, Fantastic Mr. Fox 16


    First and only ballot: Fantastic Mr. Fox 14, Up 8, Coraline, 3


    First ballot: Beaches of Agnes 5, The Cove 4, Anvil, 3

    Second ballot: Anvil 26, Tyson 25, Time and the City, 20

    Third ballot: Anvil 29, Time and the City 22, Tyson 14

    Fourth ballot: Time and the City 28, Anvil 27, Tyson, 16


    First Ballot: White Ribbon 5, Hurt Locker 3, A Serious Man 3

    Second ballot: White Ribbon 32, Serious Man 20, Avatar 17

    Third ballot: White Ribbon 30, Avatar 21, Serious Man 18


    First ballot: Mo’Nique 13, Vera Farmiga 3, Samantha Morton 2, Anna Kendrick 2, Maggie Gyllenhaal, 2

    Second ballot: Mo’Nique 49, Farmiga, 26, Kendrick 21


    First ballot: In the Loop 6, Up in the Air 6, A Serious Man 5

    Second ballot: Up in the Air 33, In the Loop 31, A Serious Man 24

    Third ballot (voided): Up in the Air 31, In the Loop 30, Inglourious Basterds 22

    Third ballot (re-vote): In the Loop 29, Up in the Air 28, Inglourious Basterds, 19


    First ballot: Summer Hours 6, White Ribbon 3, Everlasting Moments 3

    Second ballot: Summer Hours 32, Broken Embraces 21, Everlasting Moments 15


    First ballot: George Clooney 8, Jeff Bridges 5, Jeremy Renner 3

    Second ballot: Clooney 38, Bridges 31, Renner 27

    Third ballot: Clooney 38, Bridges 29, Renner 18

  • 17 12-14-2009 at 12:55 pm

    salma said...

    Meryl Streep for the Oscar: http://i48.tinypic.com/w8nfhf.jpg

  • 18 12-14-2009 at 1:04 pm

    billybil said...

    Well – I’m surprised. I didn’t expect Meryl here and it makes me think she’s really got a chance at winning her third. It looked like Mulligan was gonna have a real run of it (and she still has lots of wins ahead of her, I bet, but for the last 3 critics groups to give it to Meryl – hmmmm. (I do sincerely believe the work Streep did in JULIE & JULIA is really top notch – lots of living inside the recreation of a well-known personality. I would like to think that people in the business would recognize the challenge and accomplishment in the role. I have not seen Swinton’s JULIA so I can’t fairly judge, but like some of the other highly touted performances this year, it may have been a relatively simpler challenge (and, again, my emphasis is on relatively – we’re are talking about world class talents here and I do include Sidibe in that group – remarkable first performance in a major role!) than what Streep faced with Julia Child.

    I, too, am disappointed in Clooney. He’s such a charmer and he may well have reached beyond himself in UP IN THE AIR but, sorry, that’s not reaching that far. I’ll see soon – if I can ever stop having to work and get to see another damn movie! But it is very difficult for me to believe he gave the best performance this year. (But then I’m the guilty one for wanting Meryl last year no matter what so I better keep my mouth shut here.) I’m still rooting for Bridges here even though I haven’t seen either performance yet. Boo to me.

    When it comes to Mo’Nique and Waltz we all set ourselves up to be bored by predictability because we care so much and pay such close attention to movie awards like we do. I do remember a time when these nominations/wins were surprising to me but that’s before I discovered all you other movie freaks out there. I had no idea so much information was available so quickly!! Both performances (yes, I have actually seen these!) are spectacular and very special in their own ways. It’s difficult when a performance flies off the screen like these do – to have more subtle, perhaps even more challenging performances, compete. (This may be why some people are suffering so over the absence of Swinton in the Best Actress race – it sounds like she flies off the screen for people.)

    I’m torn about HURT LOCKER but I haven’t seen enough of the December releases yet to have a valid opinion. I still can’t believe what I’m hearing about AVATAR. Is it really going to be so amazing?

    But, again, partly because I think the film is remarkably well directed but also because I am a feminist – I am thrilled about Bigelow! Keep the awards coming!!

    It is fun to see FANTASTIC MR. FOX winning some awards but I still can’t see the Academy going for it over UP – especially if UP gets a Best Pic nomination and FOX doesn’t.

    Funny enough, now that awards are coming out I’m sorry not to see WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE in the mix. I was not as moved by the film as I had expected to be but DAMN that was a risky and artistic vision for a mainstream film.

  • 19 12-14-2009 at 1:30 pm

    Dylan said...

    I may be getting ahead of myself…but is there a possibility, if remote, of Fox getting the BP nod over Up? People act as if an Up nod is inevitable, but I’m not so sure.

  • 20 12-14-2009 at 2:22 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    I’ve maintained for a while that people are overestimating Up‘s chances in Best Picture. I think it’s a very on-the-fence contender and something like Inglourious Basterds (personally, hopefully not) or one of the other sci-fi movies could snag the spot many presume it to have.

    But perhaps Fantastic Mr. Fox WILL curry more favor. That would be incredible (and shocking to many). But just because it’s Pixar doesn’t make it superior. FMF had a wonderfully quirky animation-style and, more importantly, was a more adult animated feature. That may or may not be a plus….

  • 21 12-14-2009 at 2:35 pm

    Dylan said...

    Also people are going on about Up being the first animated BP nominee since animated films got their own category. But what about Avatar?

  • 22 12-14-2009 at 4:23 pm

    Carson Dyle said...

    Glad to see any In the Loop love. Easily the best film of the year.

  • 23 12-14-2009 at 4:49 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Lol, awesome, Peter Capaldi was third place in Supporting Actor. Ugh, I hope he wins somewhere. BAFTAs, maybe?