Bigelow was selected as best director for the “Hurt Locker,” making her the first woman to receive the award from the 250-member Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA).
“Avatar,” the billion-dollar blockbuster from Fox and Director James Cameron, also set a record, winning six Critics’ Choice Awards, proving that technology was the ultimate star. It won for best action movie, best visual effects, best sound, best cinematography, best art direction and best editing.
Jeff Bridges, in a largely sympathetic vote, won for best actor for his role in “Crazy Heart.” Streep and Bullock won best actress awards for “Julie & Julia” and “The Blind Side” respectively.
Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor award for “Inglourious Basterds,” the film that was also honored for best acting ensemble and best original screenplay for Quentin Tarantino.
Best supporting actress honors went to Mo’Nique for “Precious” and best young actor/Actress went to Saoirse Ronan for “The Lovely Bones.”
Kevin Bacon was honored with the third annual Joel Siegel Award, which Streep presented. The award honors those in the film community for their charitable efforts. John Hughes, who passed away in August, 2009, was also honored.
The show featured Nick Jonas & The Administration as this year’s house band.
Here’s a complete list of winners:
“The Hurt Locker”
Jeff Bridges – “Crazy Heart”
Meryl Streep – “Julie & Julia” AND Sandra Bullock – “The Blind Side”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mo’Nique – “Precious”
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones”
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Kathryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner – “Up in the Air”
Mauro Fiore – “Avatar”
BEST ART DIRECTION
Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg – “Avatar”
Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron – “Avatar”
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Sandy Powell – “The Young Victoria”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
BEST ACTION MOVIE
BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“The Weary Kind” (Theme from Crazy Heart) – Ryan Bingham and T-Bone
Michael Giancchio – “Up”
JOEL SIEGEL AWARD