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‘Air’ soars with St. Louis critics

Reitman pic nabs six nominations

St. Louis film critics are on cloud nine with “Up in the Air” as the Jason Reitman pic nabbed six nominations from the St. Louis Film Critics Association, including best feature, best actor for George Clooney, helming honors for Reitman and a set of best supporting actress noms for stars Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick.

Critics’ darling “The Hurt Locker” took home five noms from the org, including feature, director for Kathryn Bigelow, best actor for Jeremy Renner, screenplay and cinematography.

In addition to the usual round of awards, the kudos also include unique categories, including favorite scene, best comedy and most original film.

Winners of the St. Louis Film Critics Awards will be announced Dec. 21.

And the nominees are:

“(500) Days of Summer”
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“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”

“Anvil: The Story of Anvil”
“Capitalism: A Love Story”
“Food, Inc.”
“Good Hair”

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”

Wes Anderson – “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
Kathryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker”
Oren Moverman – “The Messenger”
Jason Reitman – “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”

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”

Carey Mulligan – “An Education”
Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones”
Maya Rudolph – “Away We Go”
Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious”
Meryl Streep – “Julie & Julia”

Robert Duvall – “The Road”
Woody Harrelson – “The Messenger”
Alfred Molina – “An Education”
Stanley Tucci – “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”

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

“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

“Crazy Heart”
“Pirate Radio”
“The Princess and the Frog”

“District 9”
“The Lovely Bones”
“Star Trek”
“Where the Wild Things Are”

“(500) Days of Summer”
“Away We Go”
“The Hangover”
“Pirate Radio”

“(500) Days of Summer”
“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

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