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Though it hasn't exactly torn up the box office, Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq-set war drama 'The Hurt Locker' has become a juggernaut so far at end-of-the-year critics polls -- with the latest accolades coming from the the New York Film Critics Circle, which tapped the film as its pick for best film of the year. The group also hailed Bigelow as the year's best director.

This comes on top of the film winning top critics' prizes in Los Angeles and Boston; and Bigelow winning director honors from L.A., Boston, the New York Film Critics Online and the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association over the weekend. Though it hasn't exactly torn up the box office, Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq-set war drama 'The Hurt Locker' has become a juggernaut so far at end-of-the-year critics polls -- with the latest accolades coming from the the New York Film Critics Circle, which tapped the film as its pick for best film of the year. The group also hailed Bigelow as the year's best director.

This comes on top of the film winning top critics' prizes in Los Angeles and Boston; and Bigelow winning director honors from L.A., Boston, the New York Film Critics Online and the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association over the weekend.

The New York Film Critics Circle awards are considered to be prestigious picks from a group widely considered the leading organization of film critics in the country. The group bills its awards "as a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring aesthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures."

The New Yorkers gave best actress honors to Meryl Streep for 'Julie & Julia'; George Clooney was singled out as best actor for 'Up in the Air'; best supporting actress nods went to Mo'Nique for 'Precious'; and Christoph Waltz grabbed best supporting actor for 'Inglourious Basterds.' The animated 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' was chosen best animated film of the year.

According to a report at indieWire, the 33 member group broke with tradition -- as they celebrate their 75th anniversary this year -- by honoring a fellow film critic for the very first time. Andrew Sarris, who recently left the New York Observer, was selected to receive a special award for his contribution to film criticism. The awards will be officially presented Monday, Jan. 11, at Crimson in New York's Flat Iron district.

Here's a complete list of the 2009 New York Film Critics' Circle Award Winners:

Best Film: 'The Hurt Locker'

Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow, 'The Hurt Locker'

Best Screenplay:
'In the Loop'

Best Actress:
Meryl Streep, 'Julie & Julia'

Best Actor:
George Clooney, 'Up In The Air' and 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

Best Supporting Actress:
Mo'Nique, 'Precious'

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, 'Inglourious Basterds'

Best Cinematography: Christian Berger, 'The White Ribbon'

Best Animated Film: 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

Best Non-fiction Film:
'Of Time and the City'

Best Foreign Language Film: 'Summer Hours'

Best First Feature:
'Hunger,' director Steve McQueen

Special Award: Andrew Sarris for his contribution to film criticism