“Avatar” Tops at Critics' Choice Awards

"Avatar" awards season has begun.

James Cameron's much-hyped flick tied Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" Friday evening at the Critics' Choice Awards for most wins, as both movies racked up the hardware but ultimately lost top honors to Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker," the Best Picture winner.

"Avatar" won for best action movie as well as a handful of technical awards, while the "Basterds" cast won for best ensemble, screenplay and best supporting actor, the Associated Press reported.

"The Hurt Locker" director-producer Kathryn Bigelow won for best director, who thanked soldiers in Iraq during her acceptance speech.

Jeff Bridges also picked up honors for his turn in "Crazy Heart," winning the prize for Best Actor. Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock tied for Best Actress honors, Streep winning for "Julie & Julia" and Bullock for "The Blind Side."

Jason Reitman's George Clooney vehicle "Up in the Air" won Best Screenplay, while "The Lovely Bones" star Saoirse Ronan won Best Young Actress and "The Hangover" topped the Best Comedy list.

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