Avatar , Inglourious Basterds Top NYFCO Awards

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NYFCO a.k.a. the New York Film Critics Online, of which ComingSoon.net’s Edward Douglas is a member, voted for their annual awards at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and James Cameron’s sci-fi fantasy epic Avatar came out on top by receiving the award for Best Picture, while Cameron’s ex Kathryn Bigelow took the award for Best Direction for her movie The Hurt Locker.

Quentin Tarantino’s WWII film Inglourious Basterds claimed the most awards, winning for Tarantino’s screenplay, Robert Richardson’s cinematography and two awards for German actor Christoph Waltz.

Other acting awards went to Jeff Bridges’ performance in Scott Cooper’s Crazy Heart (which also received an award for its musical score), Meryl Streep’s role as Julia Child in Julie & Julia and Mo’Nique for her performance in Lee Daniels’ Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

The Complete 2009 NYFCO Awards:

Picture –Avatar (20th Century Fox)
Actor –Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Actress – Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Director –Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Supporting Actor –Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Supporting Actress –Mo’Nique (Precious)
Breakthrough Performer –Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Debut Director –Marc Webb – (500) Days of Summer
Ensemble Cast –In the Loop (IFC Films)
Screenplay –Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
Documentary –The Cove (Roadside Attractions)
Foreign Language –The White Ribbon (Sony Classics)
Animated –Up (Disney/Pixar)
Cinematography –Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson
Film Music or Score –Crazy Heart – Steve Bruton & T. Bone Burnett, music supervisor: Jeffrey Pollack

The group’s Top 11 Films (in alphabetical order) were:

Adventureland (Miramax Films)

Avatar (20th Century Fox)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox Searchlight)

The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)

Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Co.)

The Messenger (Oscilloscope)

Precious (Lionsgate)

A Serious Man (Focus Features

Two Lovers (Magnolia)

Up (Disney/Pixar)

Up in the Air (Paramount)

The group’s Top 10 Films (in alphabetical order) were:

Adventureland (Miramax Films)

Avatar (20th Century Fox)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox Searchlight)

The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)

Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Co.)

The Messenger (Oscilloscope)

Precious (Lionsgate)

A Serious Man (Focus Features

Two Lovers (Magnolia)

Up (Disney/Pixar)

Up in the Air (Paramount)

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