N.Y. Film Critics Pick "Hurt Locker"

A scene from the war drama "The Hurt Locker," about bomb technicians in Iraq. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. film movie hollywood cinema
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The New York Film Critics Circle has selected the Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" as the year's best film.

The group announced its annual awards Monday. The critics also picked "Hurt Locker"'s director Kathryn Bigelow as best director.

The critics named Meryl Streep as best actress for her performance in "Julie & Julia." It's her fourth award from the group.

Best actor went to George Clooney for two performances: "Up in the Air" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

2009 Awards

Best Picture: "The Hurt Locker"
Best Director: Katheryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
Best Screenplay: "In The Loop"
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"
Best Actor: George Clooney, "Up in the Air"/"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, "Precious"
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
Best Cinematographer: Christian Berger, "The White Ribbon"
Best Animated Film: "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): "Of Time and The City"
Best Foreign Film: "Summer Hours"
Best First Film: "Hunger" by Steve McQueen
Special Award: Film Critic Andrew Sarris