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National Society of Film Critics picks ‘Locker’

Bigelow's war film wins best pic, director, actor

Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” has won the National Society of Film Critics’ awards for picture, director and actor for Jeremy Renner — a triple coup that makes the Iraq War drama the first film since 1997’s “L.A. Confidential” to sweep top honors from the Los Angeles, New York and national critics’ groups.

“The Hurt Locker” reps a more traditional choice than usual for the National Society, whose past honorees for best picture include “Waltz With Bashir,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Capote” and “Yi yi.” The Summit Entertainment release was also the only film to score more than one nod from the group, which opted to share the wealth at its 44th annual voting meeting on Sunday.

Belgian thesp Yolande Moreau drew actress kudos for French biopic “Seraphine,” adding to her earlier citation by the L.A. critics.

Paul Schneider (“Bright Star”) tied with Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) for supporting actor, while Mo’Nique took the supporting actress laurels for “Precious.” Joel and Ethan Coen received the group’s screenplay award for “A Serious Man.”

Gallic helmer Olivier Assayas’ family drama “Summer Hours” won the award for foreign-language film (which it also snagged from the L.A. and New York groups).

Another French film, Agnes Varda’s self-portrait “The Beaches of Agnes,” won the docu prize.

Cinematography honors went to Christian Berger for his black-and-white lensing on “The White Ribbon,” while production design kudos went to Nelson Lowry for his work on stop-motion toon “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

The group presented Film Heritage awards recognizing the restoration of “Rashomon,” undertaken by the Academy Film Archive, the National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Kadokawa Pictures; Bruce Posner for his restoration of “Manhatta”; the National Film Preservation Foundation for its release of “Treasures From American Film Archives, Vol. 4: Avant-Garde 1947-86”; Warner Archive Collection; UCLA Film & Television Archive’s restoration of “The Red Shoes”; and Kino Intl. for its release of “Avant-Garde Volume 3 (Experimental Cinema 1922-54).”

David Sterritt was re-elected chairman at the National Society of Film Critics meeting, which was held, per tradition, at Sardi’s in New York.

Picture: “The Hurt Locker”

Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Actor: Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

Actress: Yolande Moreau, “Seraphine”

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds,” and Paul Schneider, “Bright Star”

Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”

Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, “A Serious Man”

Foreign-Language Film: “Summer Hours”

Nonfiction Film: “The Beaches of Agnes”

Cinematography: Christian Berger, “The White Ribbon”

Production design: Nelson Lowry, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

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