Eager to get out of the gate before their more respected colleagues in Los Angeles and New York, the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics announced their 2009 awards yesterday.  Of course, the organization hadn't seen all of the possible contenders such as "Crazy Heart" or "Avatar," but like that really matters right? 

There were relatively few surprises as "Up in the Air" won Best Picture and Best Actor (George Clooney), but "The Hurt Locker" had a strong showing winning director and Best Ensemble.   More major critics awards will be announced his weekend.  Be sure to check HitFix or @HitFixGregory on Twitter for the latest updates.

Check out the complete list of winners below.

Best Film:
Up in the Air, "Paramount"

Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"

Best Actor:
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"

Best Actress:
Carey Mulligan, "An Education"

Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Supporting Actress:
Mo'Nique, "Precious"

Best Ensemble:
"The Hurt Locker"

Best Breakthrough Performance:
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious,"

Best Screenplay, Adapted:
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air"

Best Screenplay, Original:
Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Animated Film:
"Up"

Best Foreign Film:
"Sin Nombre"

Best Documentary:
"Food, Inc."

Best Art Direction:
"Nine"