Though the Critics' Choice Awards lack the name recognition of this Sunday's Golden Globes, this could prove to be a big night for 'The Hurt Locker' in its race to Oscar gold -- the two awards shows have agreed on Best Picture every year this decade except 2004 ('Sideways' for Critics' Choice and 'Million Dollar Baby' for the Academy) and 2005 ('Brokeback Mountain' took the former, while 'Crash' was the upset winner at the latter).
If these awards do prove to be trendsetters, Jeff Bridges might be deservedly ready to remove his name from contention for "best living actor without an Oscar," winning Best Actor for 'Crazy Heart.' Other big winners included Sandra Bullock, who continued her storybook 2009, sharing the Best Actress nod (for 'The Blind Side') and a kiss with Meryl Streep ('Julia & Julia'); Mo'nique, who won Best Supporting Actress for 'Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire' and Christoph Waltz, picking up Best Supporting Actor for 'Inglourious Basterds,' which also won Best Acting Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino. Early awards-season leader 'Up In The Air' settled for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Fan favorites were hardly shut out, with 'The Hangover' taking home Best Comedy, 'Up' walking away with Best Animated Film, and 'Avatar' continuing its rule of Hollywood with a record-breaking six awards, including Best Action Film and a slew of tech honors, including Best Visual Effects and Sound.
The complete list of winners is below. Check out our live-blog coverage of the Critics' Choice Awards.
Best Picture: 'The Hurt Locker'
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, 'Crazy Heart'
Best Actress: (tie) Sandra Bullock, 'The Blind Side,' and Meryl Streep, 'Julia And Julia'
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, 'Inglourious Basterds'
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'nique, 'Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire'
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, 'The Hurt Locker'
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, 'Inglourious Basterds'
Best Adapted Screenplay: 'Up In The Air,' Ivan Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Best Acting Ensemble: 'Inglourious Basterds'
Best Animated Feature: 'Up'
Best Young Actor/Actress: Saoirse Ronan, 'The Lovely Bones'
Best Action Movie: 'Avatar'
Best Comedy Movie: 'The Hangover'
Best Foreign Language Film: 'Los Abrazos Rotos'
Best Documentary: 'The Cove'
Best Song: ''The Weary Kind' from 'Crazy Heart'
Best Score: Michael Giacchino, 'Up'
Best Picture Made For Television: 'Grey Gardens'
Best Cinematography: 'Avatar'
Best Editing: 'Avatar'
Best Visual Effects: 'Avatar'
Best Sound: 'Avatar'
Best Costume Design: 'The Young Victoria'
Best Makeup: 'District 9'