Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Critics Choice Nominations - Milk and Benjamin Button Lead


The Broadcast Film Critics Association (or Critics Choice) announced their nominees this morning.



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

Sim 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 Feature

I.O.U.S.A.
Man on Wire
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Standard Operating Procedure
Young @ Heart

Best Song

Another Way to Die, Quantum of Solace
Down to Earth, Wall-E
I Thought I Lost You, Bolt
Jaiho, Slumdog Millionaire
The Wrestler, The Wrestler

Best Composer

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


What This Means for YOUR Oscar Season!

- NO Revolutionary Road! COMPLETELY shut out!  I've been calling it a major bet for all the top categories since September.  Granted, BFCA can be weirder than the Globes, but they generally like to play it safe.  Rev Road NEEDS massive support from the Golden Globes to stay in the race.
- Milk is a lock in Picture, Director, Actor, and Screenplay noms.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button survives some internet rumors about it not playing well with critics.  The eight nominations here speak volumes and should carry over to a lot of Globes and Guild love, which = Oscars.
- The Dark Knight helps move into position as a big threat for nominations in the top categories.  Despite hard campaigning, it was debatable whether organizations would really go for it or not.  If this is any indication, it will be a big player.
- Slumdog Millionaire continues to move into the "critics' darling" position
- Frozen River will be an Actress/Screenplay competitor.
- I still say the jury's out on Frost/Nixon.  It will play VERY well to the Golden Globes, but I need to see it before I give an Oscar verdict.
- Robert Downey Jr actually stands a legitimate chance of being nominated for an Oscar.

I'm overall happy with these nominations.  The Revolutionary Road shafting is shocking.  When the Globes announce their noms on Thursday, we can couple them against these and get a pretty solid picture of where the race is headed.

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