More Critics Prizes: ‘Up in the Air,’ ‘Basterds,’ ‘Precious’ …

The latest batch of critics’ awards spreads the wealth, from George Clooney to Nicolas Cage

Last Updated: December 17, 2009 @ 2:42 AM

Another day, and another bunch of critics groups have released their list of awards. This time around it’s Toronto, Dallas-Fort Worth, and the African-American Film Critics Association.

I’m trying to keep up, but this is getting out of hand. I mean, I’m starting to get a sinking feeling that the Eastern San Gabriel Valley Film Critics Alliance is preparing a press release at this very moment.

But until then …

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association goes for “Up in the Air”:

Best Picture: “Up in the Air”

Best Director: Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”

Best Actor: George Clooney, “Up in the Air”

Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”

Best Screenplay: “Up in the Air”

Best Foreign-Language Film: “Sin Nombre”

Best Documentary: “The Cove”

Best Animated Film: “Up”

Best Cinematography: “The Lovely Bones”

Top Ten:

1. “Up in the Air”

2. “The Hurt Locker”

3. “Precious”

4. “Up”

5. “An Education”

6. “A Serious Man”

7. “Inglourious Basterds”

8. “District 9”

9. “Avatar”

10. “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Russell Smith Award: “Precious”

The Toronto Film Critics Association split the top prize between a big movie, “Inglourious Basterds,” and a little (but brilliant and harrowing) one that barely played in the U.S., “Hunger”:

Best Picture: (tie) “Hunger”, “Inglourious Basterds”
Best Performance, Male: Nicolas Cage, “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”
Best Performance, Female: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Best Supporting Performance, Male: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
Best Supporting Performance, Female: Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Best Screenplay: (tie) “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino, and “Up in the Air,” Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn
Best First Feature: Steve McQueen, “Hunger”
Best Animated Feature: “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”
Best Foreign-Language Film: “The White Ribbon”
Best Documentary Feature: “The Cove”

And the African-American Film Critics Association opts for “Precious,” the first critics’ group to do so:

Best Pictures:
1. “Precious”

2. “The Princess and the Frog”

3. “Up In The Air”

4. “The Hurt Locker”

5. “This Is It”

6. “American Violet”

7. “Goodbye Solo”

8. “Medicine for Melancholy”

9. “Good Hair”

10. “Up”

Best Actor: Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Best Actress: Nicole Beharie, “American Violet”
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Mackie, “The Hurt Locker”
Best Director: Lee Daniels, “Precious”
Best Screenplay: (tie) Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious” and R. Clements, R. Edwards, J. Musker, “The Princess and the Frog”
Special Achievement: Michael Jackson, “This Is It”