"The Hurt Locker" continues to invade film critics awards nationwide, as the San Francisco Film Critics Circle named the movie the Best Picture of the year, with director Kathryn Bigelow winning the trophy for helming.
Colin Firth received the Best Actor nod for his portrayal of a gay man trying to cope with the death of his partner in "A Single Man," while Meryl Streep's brilliant performance as Julia Childs in "Julie & Julia" garnered her the Best Actress trophy.
Christian McKay for "Me and Orson Welles" bested awards favorite Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds" for Best Supporting Actor, while Mo'Nique continued to dominate with her "Precious" performance, receiving the Best Supporting Actress.
The San Francisco Film Critics Circle paid homage to local screenwriter/producer Rose Kaufman, who recently died of cancer.
Here's the full list of winners for the 2009 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards:
PICTURE: "The Hurt Locker"
DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
ACTOR: Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
ACTRESS: Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian McKay, "Me and Orson Welles"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo’Nique, "Precious"
ANIMATED FEATURE: "Coraline"
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "You, the Living" (Sweden)
DOCUMENTARY: "Anvil! The Story of Anvil"
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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"Up," one of my favorite films this year, received a Golden Globes nomination today for Best Animated Feature Film. And the brilliant Pete Docter issued a statement:
(CHECK OUT MY ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEWS WITH DOCTER AND COMPANY FOR "UP")
“We're flattered and honored with the support we've received for Up throughout the year, and this is a humbling, happy year-end moment for us. We spend years making these films and you never know how people will receive them, and we continue to be thrilled with the response. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this incredible honor.”
- Pete Docter
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"The Princess and the Frog" received a Golden Globes nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. Ron Clements and John Musker, filmmakers of the Walt Disney Pictures flick, say:
"It has been a great year for feature animation which has demonstrated the breadth of the medium. We are very proud to have our hand-drawn "Princess and the Frog" honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association alongside such exceptional films."
- Ron Clements & John Musker
*** THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS AT DISNEY FOR THIS QUOTE
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CORALINE was nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Animated Feature Film) this morning. Below are statements from the filmmakers regarding the nomination.
"This Golden Globe nomination is sweet validation for the years of hard work it took to bring Coraline to life using stop-motion animation with the greatest crew of animators, artists, and technicians I've ever been privileged to work with. I share this nomination with all of them and we all share our thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press."
- Henry Selick, director/screenwriter and producer (Best Animated Feature Film) for CORALINE
"It is a very pleasant surprise and honor for our movie to be recognized with this nomination. The hundreds of artists who worked so hard and for so long on Coraline all share in the joy."
- Bill Mechanic, producer (Best Animated Feature Film) for CORALINE
*** THANKS TO MY FOCUS FRIENDS FOR THESE QUOTES
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Michael Stuhlbarg was nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Actor Comedy or Musical) this morning for his performance in Joel & Ethan Coens' A SERIOUS MAN.
Below is a statement from Michael regarding his nomination:
"A huge thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, I am truly humbled and grateful. This whole ride has been such an unbelievable blessing, I am honored to share this with the Coen Brothers and the rest of the A SERIOUS MAN family."
-Michael Stuhlbarg (Best Actor Comedy or Musical) for A SERIOUS MAN
THANKS TO MY FRIENDS AT FOCUS FOR THIS QUOTE!
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