With six nominations apiece going to Up In The Air and Where The Wild Things Are, it was Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker that pulled off a 5-for-5 sweep of The Chicago Film Critics Association 22nd Annual Awards. A winner for Best Picture, Director, Actor (Jeremy Renner), Original Screenplay (Mark Boal) and Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd), the Iraq war thriller once again laid claim to the film with the most victories during this awards season. From critic's groups not mutually exclusive to one type of film or one type of film critic/journalist, The Hurt Locker is up 32 awards to Inglourious Basterds' 30 and Up In The Air's 29.
Quentin Tarantino's film picked up another in the long stretch of victories by Christoph Waltz for Supporting Actor. While Up In The Air's two supporting ladies, Vera Farmiga & Anna Kendrick, were beat out once again by Mo'Nique Dearest for Precious, it did win the Adapted Screenplay award for Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner. Best Actress went to An Education's Carey Mulligan who also won Most Promising Performer from the group. Most Promising Filmmaker went to Neill Blomkamp for his well-received science fiction actioner, District 9. Pixar's Up won for Best Animated Feature and Michael Giacchino's Score. Anvil!: The Story Of Anvil won Best Documentary and Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon was named Best Foreign Film.