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Hurt Locker scores award season’s first big prize

Kathryn Bigelow’s movie was named Best Feature of 2009 at the prizegiving on Monday evening (30Nov09), and the film’s stars – Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse and Evangeline Lilly – claimed the night’s Best Ensemble.

Food, Inc. was named Best Documentary and Bigelow, Stanley Tucci and Natalie Portman were among the career tribute honourees.

Robert Siegel landed the Breakthrough Director prize for Big Fan, while The Maid’s Catalina Saavedra was named Best Breakthrough Actor.

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The Gotham Independent Film Awards mark the unofficial start of the movie awards season.

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