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'Hugo,' 'The Artist' top nominees for Critics Choice Awards

December 13, 2011 |  3:00 am

The Artist

Martin Scorsese's lavish 3-D family film "Hugo" and the black-and-white ode to silent cinema "The Artist" topped the list of nominees for the 17th Critics Choice Awards, earning 11 nominations each from the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., the organization announced Tuesday. Both films were nominated for the best picture prize, along with "The Descendants," "Drive," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "The Help," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life" and "War Horse."

Scorsese and "The Artist's" Michel Hazanavicius also will face off in the directors' race, where they will be competing against Stephen Daldry for his Sept.11-themed literary adaptation “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” Alexander Payne for the George Clooney-led family drama “The Descendants,” Nicolas Winding Refn for the modern noir thriller “Drive” and Steven Spielberg for his World War I-era film “War Horse.”

The nominees reflect largely the same mix of films that have begun to spring up on many of the year-end best of 2011 lists. The nominations also come one day prior to the Screen Actors Guild announcing its nominees for its 2012 ceremony, and two days before the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.  reveals its nominees for the upcoming Golden Globe Awards.

At the Critics Choice Awards, a group of handsome Hollywood leading men will be in contention for the best actor prize: Clooney for "Descendants,” Leonardo DiCaprio for Clint Eastwood's biopic “J. Edgar,” Jean Dujardin for “The Artist,”Michael Fassbender for his turn as a sex addict in the NC-17 rated drama “Shame,” Ryan Gosling for “Drive” and Brad Pitt for his portrayal of baseball's Billy Beane in director Bennett Miller's “Moneyball.”

Nominated for best actress are Viola Davis for her role as a maid in the South in "The Help," newcomer Elizabeth Olsen for the indie film “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Meryl Streep for her turn as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” Tilda Swinton as a grieving mother in “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Charlize Theron as a troubled author in “Young Adult” and Michelle Williams for her portrayal of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn.”

Also recognized for "My Week with Marilyn" is Kenneth Branagh, who will compete in the best supporting actor race against Albert Brooks for “Drive,” Nick Nolte for the MMA family drama “Warrior," Patton Oswalt for “Young Adult,” veteran Christopher Plummer for “Beginners” and Andy Serkis for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

In the best supporting actress category, Berenice Bejo was nominated for “The Artist,” Jessica Chastain for “The Help,” Melissa McCarthy for the summer comedy breakout “Bridesmaids,” Carey Mulligan for “Shame," Octavia Spencer for “The Help” and Shailene Woodley as a troubled teen in “The Descendants.”

Woodley also is nominated in the best young actor/actress category alongside "Hugo's" Asa Butterfield, "Super 8's" Elle Fanning, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close's” Thomas Horn, "We Need to Talk About Kevin's" Erza Miller and "Hanna" star Saoirse Ronan. 

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony will take place Jan. 12 at the Hollywood Palladium.

A list of nominees in additional categories follows.

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

"The Artist"

"Bridesmaids"

"The Descendants"

"The Help"

"The Ides of March"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius

“50/50” – Will Reiser

“Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen

“Win Win” – Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni

“Young Adult” – Diablo Cody

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Descendants” – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” – Eric Roth

“The Help” – Tate Taylor

“Hugo” – John Logan

“Moneyball” – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“The Artist” – Guillaume Schiffman

“Drive” – Newton Thomas Sigel

“Hugo” – Robert Richardson

“The Tree of Life” – Emmanuel Lubezki

“War Horse” – Janusz Kaminski

BEST ART DIRECTION

“The Artist” – Production Designer: Laurence Bennett, Art Director: Gregory S. Hooper

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” – Production Designer: Stuart Craig, Set Decorator: Stephenie McMillan

“Hugo” – Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo

“The Tree of Life” – Production Designer: Jack Fisk, Art Director: David Crank

“War Horse” – Production Designer: Rick Carter, Set Decorator: Lee Sandales

BEST EDITING

“The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion

“Drive” – Matthew Newman

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

“Hugo” – Thelma Schoonmaker

“War Horse” – Michael Kahn

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

“The Artist” – Mark Bridges

“The Help” – Sharen Davis

“Hugo” – Sandy Powell

“Jane Eyre” – Michael O’Connor

“My Week With Marilyn” – Jill Taylor

BEST MAKEUP

"Albert Nobbs"

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2"

"The Iron Lady"

"J. Edgar"

"My Week With Marilyn"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2"

"Hugo"

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

"Super 8"

"The Tree of Life"

BEST SOUND
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2"

"Hugo"

"Super 8"

"The Tree of Life"

"War Horse"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

"The Adventures of Tintin"

"Arthur Christmas"

"Kung Fu Panda 2"

"Puss in Boots"

"Rango"

BEST ACTION MOVIE

"Drive"

"Fast Five"

"Hanna"

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

"Super 8"

BEST COMEDY

"Bridesmaids"

"Crazy, Stupid, Love"

"Horrible Bosses"

"Midnight in Paris"

"The Muppets"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

"In Darkness"

"Le Havre"

"A Separation"

"The Skin I Live In"

"Where Do We Go Now"

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

"Buck"

"Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

"George Harrison: Living in the Material World"

"Page One: Inside the New York Times"

"Project Nim"

"Undefeated"

BEST SONG

“Hello Hello” – performed by Elton John and Lady Gaga/written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin – "Gnomeo & Juliet"

“Life’s a Happy Song” – performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – "The Muppets"

“The Living Proof” – performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason, Jr. – "The Help"

“Man or Muppet” – performed by Jason Segel and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – "The Muppets"

“Pictures in My Head” – performed by Kermit and the Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman – "The Muppets"

BEST SCORE

“The Artist” – Ludovic Bource

“Drive” – Cliff Martinez

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

“Hugo” – Howard Shore

“War Horse” – John Williams

 

RELATED:

LA Film Critics name 'Descendants' best film

National Board of Review names 'Hugo' best picture

 

-- Gina McIntyre

Photo: Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in "The Artist" Credit: The Weinstein Co.


 
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