Oklahoma Film Critics Circle picks best of 2009
The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle has announced its fourth annual list of awards for achievement in film, giving top honors to “The Hurt Locker” as the best motion picture of 2009.
The organization’s members are Oklahoma-based movie critics who write for print and online outlets that publish or post reviews of current film releases. Among the media outlets represented are The Oklahoman, The Tulsa World, The Oklahoma Gazette, Edmond Life & Leisure, 411mania.com and others.
Members named “The Hurt Locker” as the year’s Best Film. Set in war-torn Iraq, the absorbing drama focuses on an elite group of soldiers tasked with disarming bombs. The woman who helmed “The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow, is the film group’s Best Director of 2009. Bigelow may well be on her way to becoming the first woman to win an Oscar for directing.
Rounding out the Oklahoma critics’ 10 Best Films of 2009 list are “Up in the Air,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “(500) Days of Summer,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “A Serious Man,” “Up,” “District 9,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Avatar.”
Film buffs can find the complete list of awards on the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Web site, ofccircle. org, as well as frequent postings on film-related items and links to individual reviews.
Top performance honors went to George Clooney as Best Actor for his portrayal of a high-flying hatchet man in “Up in the Air.” Best Actress honors went to Meryl Streep for her transformation into famed chef Julia Child in “Julie & Julia.” Mo’Nique earned the Best Supporting Actress spot as an abusive mother in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” while Christoph Waltz handily won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a sinister SS officer in “Inglourious Basterds.”
“This was a very good year for cinema, and we hope our awards encourage viewers to seek out these films we have honored,” Oklahoma Film Critics Circle President Phil Bacharach said. “One of our goals as a critics’ group is to make Oklahomans aware of quality films that may not have the publicity budgets of major studio releases.”
While 2009 was a strong year for well-crafted movies, it also saw its share of disappointments. The group’s members selected “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” as Obviously Worst Film of the Year. Their nod to “Amelia” as Not-So-Obviously Worst Film of the Year expresses their realization that some films fall far short of their sizable ambitions.
“As professional moviegoers, we see many more unsuccessful films than successful ones,” Bacharach said. “The Not-So-Obviously Worst Film category contains films that may have great talent behind them, but somehow add up to less than the sum of their parts.”
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