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BFCA announces its Critic Choice Movie Award nominees

December 13, 2010 |  2:30 am

Blackswan 
The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. announced its nominees Monday morning, rewarding "Black Swan" with a record 12 nominations, the most Critics Choice Movie Award nominations ever for a single film.

The 10 best picture nominees included "127 Hours," "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The King's Speech," "The Social Network," "The Town," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

The BFCA chose six actors in the lead actor category: Jeff Bridges for "True Grit," Robert Duvall for "Get Low," Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network," Colin Firth for "The King's Speech," James Franco for "127 Hours" and Ryan Gosling for "Blue Valentine."

In the lead actress category Annette Bening received a nomination for "The Kids Are All Right," while her co-star Julianne Moore was left off the list. Nicole Kidman received a nod for "Rabbit Hole," Jennifer Lawrence was recognized for "Winter's Bone," in addition to Natalie Portman ("Black Swan") and Michelle Williams ("Blue Valentine"). Surprisingly, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace received a nod for her searing portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With the Dragon Tatttoo."

For supporting actor, the favored performance of Christian Bale in "The Fighter" and Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech" were recognized as were those by Jeremy Renner for "The Town," Andrew Garfield for "The Social Network," Sam Rockwell for "Conviction," and Mark Ruffalo for "The Kids are All Right."

In the supporting actress category, Melissa Leo received a nomination for "The Fighter" while Jacki Weaver, who on Sunday was honored with a Los Angeles Film Critics award, was also nominated for her turn in the Australian crime drama "Animal Kingdom." The rest of the nominees included Amy Adams for "The Fighter," Helena Bonham Carter for "The King's Speech," newcomer Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit," and Mila Kunis for "Black Swan."

While "Black Swan" received a record 12 nominations, including a director nod for Darren Aronofsky, "The King's Speech" received 11 nods, including ones for director Tom Hooper and screenwriter David Seidler, as did "True Grit," with nominations that included directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Christopher Nolan's "Inception" grabbed 10 nominations, though Leonardo DiCaprio was left off the lead actor list. The mind-bending thriller was nominated for best picture, director, screenplay and other technical categories.

"The Social Network" nabbed nine nods, including three actor awards, director for David Fincher and screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, while Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" received eight nominations. David O. Russell's film "The Fighter" was rewarded with six nominations, including four in acting categories. But both Russell and star Mark Wahlberg, who pushed the project passionately to the big screen, were left off the list.

Also snubbed in the directing and picture category was "The Kids are All Right," which rewarded Bening and Ruffalo but left off Lisa Cholodenko for directing. She does share a screenwriting nod with co-writer Stuart Blumberg.

The Critics Choice awards, which are voted on by 250 members of the largest film critics' organization in the U.S. and Canada, are often an accurate predictor of how the film academy votes at Oscar time. The top four acting winners awarded by the critics this year were identical to the Academy Award winners.

Critics Choice awards also have nominations in the comedy category as well as action movie and of course animated film. In comedy, smaller films such as "Cyrus," "Easy A" and "I Love You, Phillip Morris" were nominated alongside the bigger studio features,  including "Date Night," "Get Him to the Greek" and "The Other Guys." Action included best picture nominees "Inception" and "The  Town" as well as old-fogie actioner "Red," the kinetic comic-book movie "Kick-Ass," and Tony Scott's "Unstoppable."

For animated film, best picture nom "Toy Story 3" was recognized opposite "Despicable Me," "How to Train Your Dragon," "The Illusionist" and "Tangled." In foreign language, the Javier Bardem-starrer "Biutiful" was nominated opposite "I Am Love," starring Tilda Swinton, and the Swedish film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

The Critics Choice awards will be announced Jan. 14. Read on for the complete list of nominees.

 See below for other winners.

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”

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”

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

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 & Ethan Coen
“Winter’s Bone” – Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“127 Hours” – Anthony Dod Mantle
“Black Swan” – Matthew Libatique
“Inception” – Wally Pfister
“The King’s Speech” – Danny Cohen
“True Grit” – Roger Deakins

ART DIRECTION
“Alice in Wonderland” – Stefan Dechant
“Black Swan” – Therese DePrez and Tora Peterson
“Inception” – Guy Hendrix Dyas
“The King’s Speech” – Netty Chapman
“True Grit” – Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh

EDITING
“127 Hours” – Jon Harris
“Black Swan” – Andrew Weisblum
“Inception” – Lee Smith
“The Social Network” – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

COSTUME DESIGN
“Alice in Wonderland” – Colleen Atwood
“Black Swan” – Amy Westcott
“The King’s Speech” – Jenny Beavan
“True Grit” – Mary Zophres

MAKEUP
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Black Swan"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1"
"True Grit"

 VISUAL EFFECTS
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1"
"Inception"
"Tron: Legacy

SOUND
"127 Hours"
"Black Swan"
"Inception"
"The Social Network"
"Toy Story 3"

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
"The Pacific"
"Temple Grandin"
"You Don’t Know Jack"

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

SONG
“I See the Light” – performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi/written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater – "Tangled"
“If I Rise” – performed by Dido and A.R. Rahman/music by A.R. Rahman/lyrics by Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong – "127 Hours"
 “Shine” – performed and written by John Legend – "Waiting for 'Superman'"
“We Belong Together” – performed and written by Randy Newman – "Toy Story 3"
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet” – performed by Cher/written by Diane Warren – "Burlesque"

SCORE
“Black Swan” – Clint Mansell
“Inception” – Hans Zimmer
“The King’s Speech” – Alexandre Desplat
“The Social Network” – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
“True Grit” – Carter Burwell

— Nicole Sperling  

Photo: Natalie Portman in "Black Swan." Credit: Fox Searchlight.

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