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This is what we've learned in the early days of awards season: There are no clear-cut favorites this year.

The Iraq war drama 'The Hurt Locker' won best feature at the San Francisco Film Critics Circle awards, announced Tuesday, and 'Locker' helmer Kathryn Bigelow picked up best director, according to Variety. This is what we've learned in the early days of awards season: There are no clear-cut favorites this year.

The Iraq war drama 'The Hurt Locker' won best feature at the San Francisco Film Critics Circle awards, announced Tuesday, and 'Locker' helmer Kathryn Bigelow picked up best director, according to Variety.

Inland, however, 'Up in the Air,' the dark comedy about corporate downsizing starring George Clooney, had a very strong showing among the nominees announced Tuesday by the St. Louis Film Critics Association, also according to Variety. 'Air' garnered nods for best film, director (Jason Reitman), actor (Clooney) and supporting actress (Vera Farmiga AND Anna Kendrick).

'Hurt Locker' also picked up noms for film, director and actor (Jeremy Renner) in St. Louis. In San Francisco, Colin Firth won actor for his lead in 'A Single Man' and Meryl Streep took best actress for her portrayal of food maven Julia Child in 'Julie & Julia.'

Outsiders so far in awards season who did well in San Francisco include Brit Christian McKay, who picked up a supporting actor award for his portrayal of Orson Welles in 'Me and Orson Welles' and comedian Mo'Nique, who turned heads as the demonic mom in 'Precious.' She won supporting actress.

The St. Louis winners will be announced on Dec. 21.

Here are the winners of 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


And here are the St. Louis Film Critics Awards nominees:

FILM: '(500) Days of Summer,' 'An Education,' 'The Hurt Locker,' 'Invictus,' 'Precious,' 'Up,' 'Up in the Air'

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM (Must open in St. Louis this year): 'The Baader-Meinhof Complex,' 'Coco Before Chanel,' 'The Maid,' 'Red Cliff,' 'Sin Nombre,' 'Treeless Mountain'

DOCUMENTARY: 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil,' 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' 'Food, Inc.', 'Good Hair,' 'Tyson'

ANIMATED FILM: 'Coraline,' 'Fantastic Mr. Fox,' 'Ponyo,' 'The Princess and the Frog,' 'Up'

DIRECTOR: Wes Anderson 'Fantastic Mr. Fox,' Kathryn Bigelow "The Hurt Locker,' Oren Moverman 'The Messenger,' Jason Reitman 'Up in the Air,' Quentin Tarantino 'Inglourious Basterds'

ACTOR: Jeff Bridges 'Crazy Heart,' George Clooney 'Up in the Air,' Ben Foster 'The Messenger,' Morgan Freeman 'Invictus,' Patton Oswalt 'Big Fan,' Jeremy Renner 'The Hurt Locker'

ACTRESS: Carey Mulligan 'An Education,' Saoirse Ronan 'The Lovely Bones,' Maya Rudolph 'Away We Go,' Gabourey Sidibe 'Precious,' Meryl Streep 'Julie & Julia'

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Robert Duvall 'The Road,' Woody Harrelson 'The Messenger,' Alfred Molina 'An Education,' Stanley Tucci 'The Lovely Bones,' Christoph Waltz 'Inglourious Basterds'

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Marion Cotillard, 'Nine,' Vera Farmiga 'Up in the Air,' Anna Kendrick 'Up in the Air,' Melanie Laurent 'Inglourious Basterds,' Mo'Nique 'Precious,' Samantha Morton 'The
Messenger'

SCREENPLAY (Original or Adapted): '(500) Days of Summer' Scott Neustadlter/Michael H. Weber, 'An Education' Nick Hornby, 'The Hurt Locker' Mark Boal, 'Inglourious Basterds' Quentin Tarantino, 'Up in the Air' Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

CINEMATOGRAPHY: 'The Hurt Locker' Barry Ackroyd, 'Inglourious Basterds' Robert Richardson, 'Nine' Dion Beebe, 'Red Cliff' Yue Lü and Li Zhang, 'A Single Man' Eduard Grau, 'Where the Wild Things Are' Lance Acord

MUSIC: 'Crazy Heart, 'Nine,' 'Pirate Radio,' 'The Princess and the Frog,' 'Up'

VISUAL EFFECTS: 'Avatar,' 'District 9,' 'The Lovely Bones,' 'Star Trek,' 'Where the Wild Things Are'

COMEDY: '(500) Days of Summer,' 'Away We Go,' 'The Hangover,' 'Pirate Radio,' 'Zombieland'

MOST ORIGINAL, INNOVATIVE OR CREATIVE FILM ("Most Artistic Film"): '(500) Days of Summer,' 'Avatar,' 'District 9,'
'Fantastic Mr. Fox,' 'The Lovely Bones'

SPECIAL MERIT ("Favorite Scene"): '(500) Days of Summer' -- Expectations vs. reality splitscreen sequence; '(500) Days of Summer' -- Morning after dance number; 'Inglourious Basterds' -- The opening farm house scene; 'Precious' -- Mo'Nique's at social worker office scene; 'Up' -- Opening marriage montage at beginning