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‘Locker’ locks up Chicago critics

Bigelow's war pic wins all of its nominations

Add another notch to “The Hurt Locker’s” tally of best pic wins. Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq War actioner swept the Chicago Film Critics’ Assn. awards, announced Monday morning.

Pic won in all five of the categories it was a contender in: pic, director, actor (Jeremy Renner), screenplay (Mark Boal) and cine­matography (Barry Ackroyd).

The Chi honors add to “Hurt Locker’s” tally of best pic kudos from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the San Francisco Film Critics, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, among other orgs. Bigelow has ta­ken the helming prize from most of those orgs as well.

The Chicago critics voted along familiar lines in other categories, too: Christoph Waltz’s trilingual turn in “Inglourious Basterds” earned him another supporting actor nod, and Austrian helmer Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” landed another best foreign-film prize. One notable departure for the CFCA: “Anvil: The Story of Anvil,” a film that did not make the Academy’s docu shortlist, got the best docu prize.

District 9″ helmer Neill Blomkamp earned the most promising filmmaker award, with another frequent kudo-getter, Carey Mulligan, winning most promising performer for her role in “An Education.”

PICTURE: “The Hurt Locker”

DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

ACTOR: Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

ACTRESS: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo’nique, “Precious”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: The White Ribbon”

ANIMATED FEATURE: “Up”

DOCUMENTARY: Anvil: “The Story of Anvil”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Barry Ackroyd, “The Hurt Locker”

ORIGINAL SCORE: “Up,” Michael Giacchino

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER: Neill Blomkamp, “District 9”

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