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Las Vegas Critics Heart Hurt

The Hurt Locker, Guy Pierce Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

The Hurt Locker happens in Vegas.

In the latest sweep of accolades for the little indie war flick that could, the Las Vegas Film Critics named The Hurt Locker the year's Best Picture at its 2009 Sierra Awards. The high-octane thriller also picked up Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, Best Actor for star Jeremy Renner, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing.

Sure beats dusting for land mines.

At this point, The Hurt Locker appears to be a lock for an Oscar nod, having already won top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics, Boston and San Francisco reviewers, and the Gotham Independent Film Awards. It also made AFI's best-of list and is contending in key Golden Globes and SAG Awards categories.

Best Actress hardware went to newcomer Gabourey Sidibe for Precious, while costar Mo'nique continued her domination of the awards season with a Best Supporting Actress win, as did Inglourious Basterds baddie Christoph Waltz, who's now won nearly every Best Supporting Actor award around.

The complete rundown of Vegas victors after the jump.

  • Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
  • Best Actor: Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
  • Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
  • Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
  • Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, Precious
  • Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
  • Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted): Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, 500 Days of Summer
  • Best Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker
  • Best Film Editing: Bob Murawski, The Hurt Locker
  • Best Costume Design: Anna B. Sheppard, Inglorious Basterds
  • Best Art Direction: Avatar
  • Best Visual Effects: Star Trek
  • Best Score: Michael Giacchino, Star Trek
  • Best Documentary: Anvil: The Story of Anvil
  • Best Foreign Film: Red Cliff (China)
  • Best Song: "The Weary Kind" (Theme from Crazy Heart) Music and Lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T. Bone Burnett
  • Best Family Film: Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Best Animated Film: Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Youth in Film: Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones
  • Best DVD (Packaging, Design, and Content): The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition)
  • The William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award: Roger Deakins

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