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The critics have spoken.

As 2009 winds down, the country's film critics -- always fond of labeling the best and worst in the world of movies -- have gathered together to cast their votes for the top films, actors, actresses, writers, cinematographers and musicians of the year.

This year, as the votes have come in from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online and the The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association, a pattern has emerged: Kathryn Bigelow's 'The Hurt Locker,' a harrowing film about an elite Army bomb squad in Iraq, took the top honors from the Boston and Los Angeles critics, while the director herself nabbed best director nods from Boston, L.A., NYFCO (who choose 'Avatar' as the best film) and Washington (who picked 'Up in the Air' as best film). The critics have spoken.

As 2009 winds down, the country's film critics -- always fond of labeling the best and worst in the world of movies -- have gathered together to cast their votes for the top films, actors, actresses, writers, cinematographers and musicians of the year.

This year, as the votes have come in from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online and the The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association, a pattern has emerged: Kathryn Bigelow's 'The Hurt Locker,' a harrowing film about an elite Army bomb squad in Iraq, took the top honors from the Boston and Los Angeles critics, while the director herself nabbed best director nods from Boston, L.A., NYFCO (who choose 'Avatar' as the best film) and Washington (who picked 'Up in the Air' as best film).

Other patterns have emerged: Jeff Bridges as best actor for his superb turn as a Country-Western singer in 'Crazy Heart' (L.A., NYFCO); Meryl Streep as best actress for 'Julie & Julia' (Boston, NYFCO); Christoph Waltz as best supporting actor for his role as an opportunistic Nazi in 'Inglourious Basterds' (Boston, L.A., NYFCO, Washington) and Mo'Nique for best supporting actress for 'Precious' (Boston, L.A., NYFCO and Washington). 'Up' received two nods as best animated film (NYFCO and Washington).

Looking at total nods, Boston gave four to 'The Hurt Locker'; L.A. three to 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Up in the Air'; NYFCO gave 'Inglourious Basterds' three; and Washington three to 'Up in the Air,' two each to 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Inglourious Basterds.'

The American Film Institute also weighed in with their list of top 10 films for the year, giving nods to criticals favorites 'The Hurt Locker,' 'Precious,' 'Up,' and 'Up in the Air' as well as 'Coraline,' 'The Hangover,' 'The Messenger,' 'A Serious Man,' 'A Single Man' and 'Sugar.'

Meanwhile, the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced their Critics Choice nominations, giving more awards impetus to 'The Hurt Locker,' 'Inglourious Basterds,' 'Up' and 'Up in the Air,' as well as to Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Christoph Waltz, Mo'Nique and Kathryn Bigelow.

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