The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has weighed in on their picks for the best of 2009. And if the Oscars plays out anything like this list, early next year should be a great time for women in Hollywood. Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker picked up 6 nods from the association, including the top spots of Best Film and Best Director. Anne Thompson has since weighed in on that pick, sure that the female director will win the Best Director Oscar this year, becoming the first woman to ever receive that honor. But Bigelow wasn't the only winning woman the AWFJ picked out of the crowd.

Screenplay nods went to (500) Days of Summer and Up in the Air -- two of my favorite scripts of the year, An Education won Carey Mulligan some acting love, Inglorious Basterds won a handful of awards including Best Editing for Sally Menke, and Meryl Streep received kudos as an "Actress Defying Age and Ageism" with Julie & Julia and It's Complicated. But the association didn't only dish out praise. There are also losers amongst the list, led by Robert Luketic, who received the "Sexist Pig" and "Hall of Shame" awards for The Ugly Truth -- an honor, I'd think, that should be shared with Katherine Heigl, who produced and starred. Beyond that, there's woe for Hilary Swank, who earned the "Actress Most in Need of a New Agent" nod while Amelia won "Movie You Wanted to Love But Just Couldn't."

Check out the full list after the jump and weigh in with your thoughts below.


Best Film:
The Hurt Locker

Best Animated Film:

Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker

Best Screenplay, Original:
(500) Days of Summer - Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

Best Screenplay, Adapted
Up In The Air - Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best Documentary
The Cove

Best Actress
Carey Mulligan - An Education

Best Actress In Supporting Role
Monique - Precious

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Waltz - Inglorious Basterds

Best Ensemble Cast
The Hurt Locker

Best Editing
Sally Menke - Inglorious Basterds

Most Beautiful Film
Bright Star

Best Non-English-Language Film
Summer Hours


Best Woman Director
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker

Best Woman Screenwriter

Jane Campion - Bright Star

Best Animated Female
Coraline in Coraline

Best Breakthrough Performance
Carey Mulligan - An Education

Women's Image Award
Kathryn Bigelow

Perseverance Award
Agnes Varda

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia and It's Complicated

Sexist Pig Award
Robert Luketic for The Ugly Truth

This Year's Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry
Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker

Lifetime Achievement Award
Agnes Varda

AWFJ Award For Humanitarian Activism
Rebecca Cammisa for Which Way Home


AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award
Robert Luketic - The Ugly Truth

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent
Hilary Swank

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn't

Unforgettable Moment Award (Tie)
Inglorious Basterds - Shoshanna (Melanie Laurent) burns down the theater
Precious - Mary (Mo'Nique) admits the abuse

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction (Tie)
An Education - Carey Mulligan and Peter Saarsgard
It's Complicated - - Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Sequel That Shouldn't Have Been Made Award
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen

The Remake That Shouldn't Have Been Made Award
Land of the Lost

Cultural Crossover Award
District 9

Bravest Performance Award
Mo'Nique in Precious

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award
Whatever Works - Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood (40 years difference)

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