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.
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