‘Hurt Locker’ tops with Boston critics

Pic takes four other kudos as journos hand out honors

Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker” exploded into a shower of kudos at the Boston Society of Film Critics annual meeting on Sunday, winning five awards including best picture.

Pic also took the honors for director (Kathryn Bigelow), actor (Jeremy Renner), cinematography (Barry Ackroyd), and editing (Chris Innis and Bob Murawski). It was the first time in the organization’s 30-year history that one film took home five awards.

In other acting wins, Meryl Streep was named best actress for playing Julia Child in “Julie & Julia,” while Mo’Nique’s monstrous mother in “Precious” was honored for best supporting performance by an actress. Best supporting actor went to Christoph Waltz for “Inglourious Basterds.”

The cinema of the fantastic was noted in several categories, starting with “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp receiving the David Brudnoy New Filmmaker award, named in memory of one of the society’s founding members. “District 9” offered a dark satire involving segregated space aliens in South Africa. “Up” was named best animated feature, while “Star Trek” was honored as best acting ensemble, a prize it shared with “Precious.”

Rounding out the awards, the French feature “Summer Hours” – about coping with a death in the family and its aftermath – won for best foreign language feature, while the Coen brothers’ “A Serious Man” earned best screenplay. “The Cove” won best documentary for its searing look at the treatment of dolphins, and picking up the first award in the new category for best film music was the country score for “Crazy Heart.”

Newly elected president Tom Meek, of the Boston Phoenix, will preside over the society’s third annual award ceremony on Feb. 6 at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, which will include honoring several people in the local film community such as the Harvard Film Archive.

And the winners are:

Picture:The Hurt Locker

Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Ensemble: “Precious” and “Star Trek” (tie)

Actor: Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker” (right)

Actress: Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”

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

Documentary: “The Cove”

Animated Feature: “Up”

New Filmmaker: Neill Blomkamp, “District 9?

Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd, “The Hurt Locker”

Film Editing: Chris Innis and Bob Murawski, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Use of Music: “Crazy Heart”