Hurt Locker wins Critics' prize
The Hurt Locker and its director took top honours at the Critics' Choice Awards, while Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and James Cameron's Avatar won the most gongs.
Director-producer Kathryn Bigelow was named best director at the ceremony for The Hurt Locker, winner of the best picture prize.
Bigelow said: "It's wonderful to have this honour, but the recognition should also go to the men and women who are in the field to this day."
Crazy Heart was a double winner, with Jeff Bridges claiming the best actor prize for his turn as hard-drinking country singer Bad Blake.
The Inglourious Basterds cast was the critics' pick for best ensemble. The film's villain, Christoph Waltz, was named best supporting actor and Tarantino won for his original screenplay.
"There's really only one group of people to thank," Tarantino said. "That's the actors who actually took it from the printed page and put it up on the screen. My material is not easy. It's hard. I cannot have dumb actors do my material."
Avatar was named best action movie and it collected several of technical awards, including honours for cinematography, editing, art direction, sound and visual effects.
There were actually two winners in the actress category, with Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock tying for the honour.
Other honours went to Mo'Nique, who was named best supporting actress for her visceral portrayal of an abusive mother in Precious, and Saoirse Ronan, who won best young actress for her work in The Lovely Bones.