'Avatar' tops N.Y. critics' picks

New York Film Critics Online also honors 'Basterds,' 'Locker'

"Avatar" was named best picture by the New York Film Critics Online on Sunday.

"The Hurt Locker's" Kathryn Bigelow was voted best director, while "Inglorious Basterds" took four prizes, including a screenplay award for Quentin Tarantino.

The New York group -- not to be confused with the New York Film Critics Circle, which will announce its winners Monday -- hailed Jeff Bridges as best actor for "Crazy Heart" and Meryl Streep best actress for "Julie & Julia."

The supporting acting awards went to Chistoph Waltz of "Basterds," who also picked up the breakthrough performer award, and Mo'Nique for "Precious."

"Basterds" also earned a mention for Robert Richardson's cinematography.

"The White Ribbon" was named best foreign-language picture; "The Cove," best documentary; and "Up," best animated feature.

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Marc Webb was recognized for his directorial debut with "(500) Days of Summer."

Best film score was "Crazy Heart," with the award going to Steve Bruton, T-Bone Burnett and Jeffrey Pollack.

The British film R was hailed as best ensemble performance.

The group also named its top 11 films, in alphabetical order: "Adventureland," "Avatar," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "The Messenger," "Precious," "A Serious Man," "Two Lover," "Up" and "Up in the Air."