As awards season gears up, American war thriller The Hurt Locker is creeping to the top of the shortlist, winning the best film award from the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday. The film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, also took home the best director prize. Critical darlings George Clooney (Up in the Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia) earned best actor and actress awards. Supporting honors went to Mo’nique, for her frighteningly abusive role in Precious, and Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds for playing the übersmug Nazi official. The NYFCC awards come just one day before the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards announces its nominees.