Wednesday, 10 December 2008

BFCA Critics Choice Awards Nominations

The Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced the nominees for the 14th Annual Critic's Choice Awards.

Notable nominations include 2 best film nominations for Wall-E which picked up nods for not only Best Picture but also best Animated Feature. Fans will be happy that both The Dark Knight and The Wrestler have recieved multiple nominations but the top honours for noms goes to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Milk who tie in the lead with 8 nominations. Next in line for total nominations is The Dark Knight, Doubt and Slumdog Millionaire all picked up 6 nominations.

There is strong competition in the Best Director category which includes Danny Boyle, David Fincher, Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon, Christopher Nolan and Gus Van Sant. Another category of interested is Best Supporting Actor which has two Milk nods for Josh Brolin and James Franco, surprize nominations for Robert Downey, Jr in Tropic Thunder, however the likely candidate is Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight. Nothing But the Truth picked up two nominations for Best Actress with Kate Beckinsale and Best Supporting Actress with Vera Farmiga but this film hasn't been released here, the only time I've crossed paths with it was it going offsale during TIFF'08.

The awards run a little differently that other awards, having multiple 'best film' awards such as: Best Picture has 10 picture nominations, then add 5 more each for Best Action, Comedy and Animated. They also have a Young Actor/Actress (under 21) and Best Picture Made for Television category.

The ceremony will air January 8, 2009 at 9PM EST on VH1.

Update Jan 9/09: see winners list here.

Who is the BFCA? Founded in 1995, the Broadcast Film Critics Association is comprised of 199 television, radio and online critics in the United States and Canada. Find out more about the BFCA here.

Best Picture
Curious Case of Benjamin Button , The
Dark Knight, The
Reader, The
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Animated Feature
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Waltz With Bashir

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Young Actor/Actress (Under 21)
Dakota Fanning in The Secret Life of Bees
David Kross in The Reader
Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire
Brandon Walters in Australia

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

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

Best Picture Made for Television
John Adams
Coco Chanel

Best Foreign Language Film
Christmas Tale, A
I've Loved You So Long
Let the Right One In
Waltz with Bashir

Best Documentary Feature
Man on Wire
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Standard Operating Procedure
Young At Heart

Best Song
"Another Way to Die" (performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys, written by Jack White) - Quantum of Solace
"Down to Earth" (performed by Peter Gabriel, written by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman) - Wall-E
"I Thought I Lost You" (performed Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, written by Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele) - Bolt
"Jaiho" (performed by Sukhwinder Singh, written by A.R. Rahman and Gulzar) - Slumdog Millionaire
"The Wrestler" (performed by Bruce Springsteen, written by 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

Number of Nominations per Film:
8 nominations: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Milk
6 nominations: The Dark Knight, Doubt and Slumdog Millionaire
4 nominations: Frost/Nixon and The Wrestler
4 nominations: Changeling, The Reader and Wall-E
2 nominations: Bolt, Nothing But the Truth, Quantom of Solace, Rachel Getting Married, Tropic Thunder, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Waltz With Bashir
1 nomination: Australia, Burn After Reading, A Christmas Tale, Coco Chanel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Frozen River, Gamorrah, Gran Torino, I.O.U.S.A., Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, I've Loved You So Long, John Adams, Kung Fu Panda, Let the Right One In, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Man on Wire, Mongol, Recount, Role Models, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, The Secret Life of Bees, Standard Operating Procedure, The Visitor, Wanted and Young At Heart

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