S.F. critics name 'Hurt Locker' best pic (Variety)

The San Francisco Critics Circle has named "The Hurt Locker" the best film of 2009.

Pic, about an elite U.S. bombsquad unit in Iraq, also scooped up the Best Director prize for helmer Kathryn Bigelow.

Meanwhile, top acting kudos went to Colin Firth ("A Single Man") and Meryl Streep ("Julie & Julia") while supporting honors went to Christian McKay ("Me and Orson Welles") and Mo'Nique ("Precious").

Henry Selick's 3D stop-motion pic "Coraline" was named best animated feature while fellow toon "Fantastic Mr. Fox" was given best adapted screenplay honors (Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach).

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC) includes twenty-six Bay Area film critics and was founded in 2002.

And the complete list of winners are:

Best Picture

"The Hurt Locker"

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"

Best Original Screenplay

Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Adapted Screenplay

Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Best Actor

Colin Firth, “A Single Man”

Best Actress

Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Supporting Actor

Christian McKay, “Me and Orson Welles”

Best Supporting Actress

Mo’Nique, “Precious”

Best Animated Feature


Best Foreign Language Film

"You, the Living" (Sweden)

Best Documentary

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil"

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins, “A Serious Man”

Special Citation

“Sita Sings the Blues”

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community

Frazer Bradshaw, filmmaker, in recognition of his film “Everything Strange and New”

Barry Jenkins, filmmaker, in recognition of his film “Medicine for Melancholy”

In Memoriam

Rose Kaufman

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