Another day, another list of critic group nominees revealed. At this point they’re coming in waves, but here’s the latest. This one comes from the Gateway to the Midwest, as the St. Louis Film Critics Association unveils their shortlist. No winners here (they’ll be announced on December 20th), but there are lot of nominees unique to this critics group – so no more run-of-the-mill mentions. The people of St. Louis wanted to mix it up a bit.

Best Film
(500) Days of Summer
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up in the Air
Ben Foster -The Messenger
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Patton Oswald – Big Fan
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

Best Actress
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Maya Rudolph – Away We Go
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
Meryl Streep – Julie and Julia

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall – The Road
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Alfred Molina – An Education
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress
Marion Cotillard – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Melanie Laurent – Inglourious Basterds
Mo’Nique – Precious
Samantha Morton – The Messenger

Best Director
Wes Anderson – The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Oren Moverman – The Messenger
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

Best Cinematography
The Hurt Locker – Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson
Nine – Dion Beebe
Red Cliff – Yue Lü and Li Zhang
A Single Man -Eduard Grau
Where the Wild Things Are – Lance Acord

Best Music
Crazy Heart
Pirate Radio
Princess and the Frog

Best Visual Effects
District 9
The Lovely Bones
Star Trek
Where the Wild Things Are

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)
(500) Days of Summer – Scott Neustadlter/Michael H. Weber
An Education – Nick Hornby
The Hurt Locker – Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
Up in the Air – Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best Foreign-Language Film
Baader-Meinhof Complex
Coco Before Chanel
The Maid
Red Cliff
Sin Nombre
Treeless Mountain

Best Documentary
Anvil: The Story of Anvil
Capitalism: A Love Story
Food, Inc.
Good Hair

Best Animated Film
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog

Best Comedy
(500) Days of Summer
Away We Go
The Hangover
Pirate Radio

Most Original, Innovative or Creative Film (“Most Artistic Film”)
(500) Days of Summer
District 9
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Lovely Bones

Special Merit (“Favorite Scene”)
(500) Days of Summer – Expectations vs. reality splitscreen sequence
(500) Days of Summer – Morning after dance number
Inglourious Basterds – The opening farm house scene
Precious – Mo’Nique’s at social worker office scene
Up – Opening marriage montage at beginning

What do you think of this year’s nominees from the St. Louis Film Critics?