Black Swan Leads 2010 Critics Choice Nominations

Black Swan received 12 Critics Choice

Another day, more nominations and awards announcements. The New York Film Critics Circle is currently voting. Will they pick The Social Network like every other critics group?

Black Swan, meanwhile, received a record 12 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. True Grit and The King’s Speech received 11 nominations each, Inception received 10 and The Social Network received nine.

What is worth mentioning here is that The Kids Are All Right was nominated in four categories (Actress, Actor, Ensemble, and Original Screenplay) but not for Best Picture. Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) and Tilda Swinton (I Am Love) are also noticeably absent from the nominations.  And despite its two lead actors being nominated, Blue Valentine did not receive a Best Picture nomination.

Like practically every other critics group, the BFCA is a decent predictor of the Academy Awards. The complete list of nominations is available here. The Critics Choice Awards are January 14 on VH1.

BEST PICTURE
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges — True Grit
Robert Duvall — Get Low
Jesse Eisenberg — The Social Network
Colin Firth — The King’s Speech
James Franco — 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling — Blue Valentine

BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening — The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman — Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence — Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman — Black Swan
Noomi Rapace — The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams — Blue Valentine

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale — The Fighter
Andrew Garfield — The Social Network
Jeremy Renner — The Town
Sam Rockwell — Conviction
Mark Ruffalo — The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush — The King’s Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams — The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter — The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis — Black Swan
Melissa Leo — The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld — True Grit
Jacki Weaver — Animal Kingdom

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Elle Fanning — Somewhere
Jennifer Lawrence — Winter’s Bone
Chloe Grace Moretz — Let Me In
Chloe Grace Moretz — Kick-Ass
Kodi Smit-McPhee — Let Me In
Hailee Steinfeld — True Grit

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky — Black Swan
Danny Boyle — 127 Hours
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen — True Grit
David Fincher — The Social Network
Tom Hooper — The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan — Inception

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Another Year — Mike Leigh
Black Swan — Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin
The Fighter — Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson (Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson)
Inception — Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right — Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech — David Seidler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 Hours — Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle
The Social Network — Aaron Sorkin
The Town — Ben Affleck, Peter Craig and Sheldon Turner
Toy Story 3 — Michael Arndt (Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
True Grit — Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone — Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Biutiful
I Am Love
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Restrepo
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Tillman Story
Waiting for Superman

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2010 Critics Choice Awards: The Winners

And the winners are…

BEST PICTURE – The Hurt Locker

BEST ACTOR – Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

BEST ACTRESS (tie) – Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia, Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Mo’Nique, Precious

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS – Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE – Inglourious Basterds

BEST DIRECTING – Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Up in the Air (Jason Reitman)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Avatar

BEST ART DIRECTION – Avatar

BEST EDITING – Avatar

BEST COSTUME DESIGN – The Young Victoria

BEST MAKEUP – District 9

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – Avatar

BEST SOUND – Avatar

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – Up

BEST ACTION MOVIE – Avatar

BEST COMEDY – The Hangover

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION – Grey Gardens

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – Broken Embraces

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – The Cove

BEST SONG – “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart, by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett

BEST SCORE – Up – Michael Giancchio

While the Critics Choice Awards are not the best indication of what films may win at the Golden Globes/ Oscars, they are good indication of what may happen. For instance, Avatar (unsurprisingly) won mostly technical awards, as it should. But critics still favor a standard narrative film. Therefore Up in the Air or in this case, The Hurt Locker, will win the Best Picture award. It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow night at the Golden Globes, which I still don’t know if I will be able to watch the live broadcast. Dilemma, dilemma, dilemma.

Of course the most talked about moment from the Critics Choice Awards – the Sandra Bullock-Meryl Streep kiss. Great moment. Enjoy.

Critics Roundup: Broadcast Critics nominees

The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced its nominations for the 15th annual Critics’ Choice Awards this morning. Inglourious Basterds and Nine both received 10 nominations, while Avatar received nine. Will this list of 10 Best Picture nominees be duplicated come Oscar time?

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2008 Broadcast Film Critics Awards Nominees

More nominations! Whee!

It’s the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s turn and this time around Milk and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button lead the pack with 8 nomination each. Things are also looking up for The Dark Knight, Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and Slumdog Millionaire. But Revolutionary Road, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, was shut out again (it received no nominations from the NBR) and, as Dave Karger at EW points out, its Oscar chances are probably dead.

Here are all the nominees:

Best Picture
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
The Wrestler

Best Actor
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Actress
Kate Beckinsale, Nothing But the Truth
Cate Blanchett, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
James Franco, Milk

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Vera Farmiga, Nothing But the Truth
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Acting Ensemble
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Doubt
Milk
Rachel Getting Married

Best Director
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk

Best Writer (Original or Adapted Screenplay)
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

Best Animated Feature
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Wall-E
Waltz With Bashir

Best Young Actor/Actress
Dakota Fanning, The Secret Life of Bees
David Kross, The Reader
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Brandon Walters, Australia

Best Action Movie
The Dark Knight
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man
Quantum of Solace
Wanted

Best Comedy Movie
Burn After Reading
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Role Models
Tropic Thunder
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Picture Made for Television
John Adams
Recount
Coco Chanel

Best Foreign Language Film
A Christmas Tale
Gomorrah
I’ve Loved You So Long
Let the Right One In
Mongol
Waltz With Bashir

Best Documentary Film
I.O.U.S.A.
Man On Wire
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Standard Operating Procedure
Young At Heart

Best Song
“Another Way to Die” (Jack White and Alicia Keys), Quantum of Solace
“Down to Earth” (Peter Gabriel), Wall-E
“I Thought I Lost You” (Miley Cyrus and John Travolta), Bolt
“Jaiho” (A.R. Rahman), Slumdog Millionaire
“The Wrestler” (Bruce Springsteen), The Wrestler

Best Composer
Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Clint Eastwood, Changeling
Danny Elfman, Milk
Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard, The Dark Knight
A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

2008 Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, air tonight on VH1 at 9pm. The red carpet starts at 8pm. Here is the list of nominees.

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7: 45 pm: Normally I wouldn’t be live-blogging the Critics Choice Awards, but since it seems that the Golden Globes aren’t happening next weekend unless Zeus himself ends the WGA strike, I’m getting my kicks in when I can.

8:28 – The red carpet for this award show is kind of ridiculous, as any event that features Ross Matthews as a red carpet presenter would be. The woman, Kerry Keegan (?) has to be on something; she offered to go drinking Emilie Hirsch after the show and is just a bad interviewer. The guy, whose name I don’t know, attempted to speak French to Marion Cotillard. There are just some things that people should not attempt to do and speaking French is one of them.

8:50: Not even Zeus can save Hollywood from itself. The Golden Globes are officially cancelled.

 

9:06 – D.L Hugley was funny. Well, it depends what you’re definition of funny is.

 

9:08 – Best Acting Ensemble goes to Hairspray. I think I have a crush on Nikki Blonsky.

 

9:10 – “Ideally it would be great if the writers came back and the critics went on strike” – Said by Steve Zahn before he and Keira Sedgewick present the Best Writing award to Diablo Cody for Juno.

 

9:18 – Wow. Ahmad Khan Mahmoodza from The Kite Runner wins Best Young Actor.

 

9:24 – Yup. I adore Nikki Blonsky. Mount Holyoke is getting to me because I seriously have the biggest crush on her. And now I’m sad that she doesn’t get to go to the Golden Globes.

 

9:31 – Tom Cruise released Katie Holmes from her cage long enough so she could present the award for Best Comedy. To Juno of course.
9:42 – Awards for Best Composer and Best Aong. Presented to Jonny Greenwood (There Will Be Blood) and “Falling” from Once.

 

9:47 Amy Ryan wins the award for Best Supporting Actress. Casey Afflect accepts. Funny speech.

 

9:52 – Allison Janney, best quote of the night, “Not that I mind a little foreign tongue”, said when presenting the award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly wins.

 

9:55 – A lovely tribute to Joel Siegel.

 

9:57 – Dear Hollywood (and maybe even the world). You should listen to George Clooney. He is Zeus.

 

10:01 – Or maybe Don Cheadle is. Everyone should see Darfur Now.

 

10:09 D.L. Hughley bombing.

 

10:11 – I’m in looooove with Nikki Blonsky.

 

10:12Ratatouille wins for Best Animated Feature. I’m still holding out that Persepolis will win the Academy Award.

 

10:15Enchanted wins for Best Family Film. Good. My roommate will is happy now.

 

10:24 – Eddie Izzard just made up for D.L Hughley’s inability to tell a decent joke. Sicko wins for Best Documentary.

 

10:30 – I love Javier Bardem because not only is he an amazing actor but he is unbelievably humble.

 

10:34 – Leslie Mann presents an award to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. JK Simmons said something funny but I missed it because I was listening to Tegan and Sara.

 

10:40 – Daniel Day Lewis wins for There Will Be Blood further proving that I need to see this movie. Plus, he made the best acceptance speech I think I have ever heard at an award show. “It is the mystery of their performances…” so good.

 

10:43 – I love the fact the VH1 isn’t cutting any acceptance speech short.

 

10:45 – “In Memoriam” I enjoyed the tribute to the Golden Globe Awards.

 

10:51 – Julie Christie wins for Away From Her

 

10:51 – Best Director – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, accepted by Javier Bardem, who has stolen the show.
11:00 – No Country For Old Men wins Best Picture.
Now it is time for the Un-Golden Globes on Sunday. See you then.