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Kathryn Bigelow is having a great year so far. For that matter, Summit Entertainment is having a great couple of years. They’re like the little movie studio that could.

At the Critics’ Choice Awards on Friday, Bigelow was named best director, and her film, the Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker” from Summit, nabbed a best picture award.

Prelude to the Golden Globes and Oscars? We’ll know soon, as the Golden Globes airs tomorrow night.

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“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 film’s theme song, “The Weary Kind,” won for best song.

Up” won for best animated feature and best score. And “Nine,” which came into the contest tied with “Inglourious Basterds” with 10 nominations, went home with nothing.

Best ensemble went to “Basterds,” and the film’s villain, Christoph Waltz, was named best supporting actor, with Quentin Tarantino winning for his original screenplay.

More after the jump…

Avatar” was named best action movie; it also collected a slew of technical awards, including honors for cinematography, editing, art direction, sound and visual effects.

Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock tied for best actress. Said Streep of her turn as Julia Child in “Julia and Julia,” “I’m really, really thrilled because I really love what I do. I love to work, and I love food and I love sex. And so did Julia Child. So it wasn’t that much of a stretch.”

Bullock, who won for her performance in “The Blind Side,” used her speech time to call for compassion for others. “We’re all so lucky to be here tonight when so many others are in pain,” she said. “I hope we can all send good love and thoughts and whatever we can.”

Jason Reitman won for best adapted screenplay for “Up in the Air” with co-writer Sheldon Turner, and Monique won for best supporting actress for her portrayal of an abusive mother in “Precious.”

Saoirse Ronan won for best young actress for her work in “The Lovely Bones,” and “The Hangover” took home a best comedy award.

For all the winners, check out the official site of the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Image: “The Hurt Locker,” TM and © 2009 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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