National Critics Honor Mr. Fox Production Design

The Hurt Locker dominated the year-end honors from the National Society of Film Critics, but the group still gave a nod to animation with an unusual nomination for Fantastic Mr. Fox.

The group honored Nelson Lowry for his production design on the Wes Anderson film.

Considered one of the more high brow awards of the season, the group last year went all out for animation and gave its top honor to Waltz with Bashir.

Historically, the group’s choices have rarely matched up with the eventual Oscar winners ‘ which could be good news for James Cameron as the momentum and support grows for Avatar.