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Critics Choice Awards Led by Hugo and The Artist with Eleven Nominations

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by Anne Thompson
December 13, 2011 3:00 AM
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Berenice Bejo in "The Artist"
Hugo

Two films celebrating silent cinema, "Hugo" and "The Artist," led the The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) nominees for the 17th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with 11 each. Winners will be announced at the live VH1 show hosted by Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 8 PM at the Hollywood Palladium.

Martin Scorsese's 3-D “Hugo” and Michel Hazanavicius's silent “The Artist” scored 11 nominations. Both nabbed nods for best picture (there are ten slots) and screenplay as well as acting and technical nods.  (See full list of nominations below.) Scorsese also directed Best Documentary Feature nominee “George Harrison: Living in the Material World,” and will be presented on the show with the Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award.

Founded in 1995, the BFCA voters include 250 North American television, radio and online critics (including me). The awards are a quite accurate bellwether of Oscar nominations and wins. Last year all four Critics Choice acting winners also won at the Oscars – Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. Fully 18 of the 20 actors nominated for Oscars last year were Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominees first. The BFCA nominates six actors in each category, so Glenn Close's continued omission as "Albert Nobbs" is a serious blow for her Oscar hopes (oddly, her makeup landed a nod). Instead indies Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") and Tilda Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") landed slots; Felicity Jones ("Like Crazy") also sits this one out.

“The Help” and “Drive” followed with eight nominations each, while “The Descendants” and “War Horse” nabbed seven. Other multiple nominations went to “Drive," “Midnight in Paris," “The Tree of Life,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “My Week With Marilyn.” “The Muppets” received four nominations, including Best Comedy and three for Best Song, for “Life’s a Happy Song,” “Man or Muppet,” and “Pictures in My Head." "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" landed just two nominations, for Best Editing and Score, while "Coriolanus" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" were shut out completely.

Best Actor frontrunner George Clooney (“The Descendants”) also had a good day, as he grabbed a total of three nominations as part of the Best Acting Ensemble for both “The Descendants” and “The Ides of March,” which he co-wrote and directed. Clooney has amassed a record 13 Critics’ Choice nominations over the years. Leonardo DiCaprio, who had been overlooked by other critics groups, turns up here for "J. Edgar." Among supporting actor nominees, Andy Serkis felt the BFCA love for his performance capture role in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," while "Extremely Loud"'s Max Von Sydow--in another silent performance--was passed over. Only Young Actor Thomas Horn, of that film's actors, was recognized. Comedienne Melissa McCarthy landed a supporting actress spot for her role in "Bridesmaids."

As a Best Actress nominee for “The Iron Lady,” Meryl Streep seeks her third Critics’ Choice Movie Award ("Doubt," "Julie & Julia"), while Charlize Theron ("Young Adult") looks to follow up her win for "Monster." Michelle Williams, who won Best Supporting Actress in 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain,” is competing for Best Actress for “My Week With Marilyn.” TV actress Shailene Woodley, 20, scored two nominations, for Best Supporting Actress as well as Best Young Actor/Actress for “The Descendants,” a category she shares with Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna”), who won that award in 2009 for “The Lovely Bones.”

On January 8, 2012, BFCA members will get their final ballots for the 17th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which are due on January 10, 2012.


NOMINATIONS FOR THE 17th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney – “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “J. Edgar”
Jean Dujardin – “The Artist”
Michael Fassbender – “Shame”
Ryan Gosling – “Drive”
Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”

BEST ACTRESS
Viola Davis – “The Help”
Elizabeth Olsen – “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Charlize Theron – “Young Adult”
Michelle Williams – “My Week With Marilyn”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


Kenneth Branagh – “My Week With Marilyn”
Albert Brooks – “Drive”
Nick Nolte – “Warrior”
Patton Oswalt – “Young Adult”
Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”
Andrew Serkis – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”
Carey Mulligan – “Shame”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Asa Butterfield – “Hugo”
Elle Fanning – “Super 8”
Thomas Horn – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Ezra Miller – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Saoirse Ronan – “Hanna”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March

BEST DIRECTOR
Stephen Daldry – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
Alexander Payne – “The Descendants”
Nicolas Winding Refn – “Drive”
Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”
Steven Spielberg – “War Horse”
       
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 & 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


NOMINEES BY PICTURE FOR
THE 17th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

50/50 – 1 Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

A SEPARATION – 1 Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

ALBERT NOBBS – 1 Nomination
Best Makeup

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS – 1 Nomination
Best Animated Feature

BEGINNERS – 1 Nomination
Best Supporting Actor/Christopher Plummer

BRIDESMAIDS – 3 Nominations
Best Supporting Actress/Melissa McCarthy
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Comedy

BUCK – 1 Nomination
Best Documentary Feature

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS – 1 Nomination
Best Documentary Feature

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE – 1 Nomination
Best Comedy

DRIVE – 8 Nominations
Best Picture
Best Actor/Ryan Gosling
Best Supporting Actor/Albert Brooks
Best Director/Nicolas Winding Refn
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Action Movie
Best Score

EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE – 4 Nominations
Best Picture
Best Young Actor/Thomas Horn
Best Director/Stephen Daldry
Best Adapted Screenplay

FAST FIVE – 1 Nomination
Best Action Movie

GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD – 1 Nomination
Best Documentary Feature

GNOMEO & JULIET – 1 Nomination
Best Song/“Hello Hello”

HANNA – 2 Nominations
Best Young Actress/Saoirse Ronan
Best Action Movie

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 – 4 Nominations
Best Art Direction
Best Makeup
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound

HORRIBLE BOSSES – 1 Nomination
Best Comedy

HUGO – 11 Nominations
Best Picture
Best Young Actor/Asa Butterfield
Best Director/Martin Scorsese
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction
Best Editing
Best Costume Design
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound
Best Score

IN DARKNESS – 1 Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

J. EDGAR – 2 Nominations
Best Actor/Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Makeup

JANE EYRE – 1 Nomination
Best Costume Design

KUNG FU PANDA 2 – 1 Nomination
Best Animated Feature

LE HAVRE – 1 Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE – 1 Nomination
Best Actress/Elizabeth Olsen

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – 3 Nominations
Best Picture
Best Original Screenplay
Best Comedy

MONEYBALL – 3 Nominations
Best Picture
Best Actor/Brad Pitt
Best Adapted Screenplay

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN – 4 Nominations
Best Actress/Michelle Williams
Best Supporting Actor/Kenneth Branagh
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup

PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES – 1 Nomination
Best Documentary Feature

PROJECT NIM – 1 Nomination
Best Documentary Feature

PUSS IN BOOTS – 1 Nomination
Best Animated Feature

RANGO – 1 Nomination
Best Animated Feature

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – 3 Nominations
Best Supporting Actor/Andrew Serki
Best Visual Effects
Best Action Movie

SHAME – 2 Nominations
Best Actor/Michael Fassbender
Best Supporting Actress/Carey Mulligan



SUPER 8 – 4 Nominations
Best Young Actress/Elle Fanning
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound
Best Action Movie

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN – 1 Nomination
Best Animated Feature

THE ARTIST – 11 Nominations
Best Picture
Best Actor/ Jean Dujardin
Best Supporting Actress/Berenice Bejo
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Director/Michel Hazanavicius
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction
Best Editing
Best Costume Design
Best Score

THE DESCENDANTS – 7 Nominations
Best Picture
Best Actor/George Clooney
Best Supporting Actress/Shailene Woodley
Best Young Actress/Shailene Woodley
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Director/Alexander Payne
Best Adapted Screenplay

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – 2 Nominations
Best Editing
Best Score

THE HELP – 8 Nominations
Best Picture
Best Actress/Viola Davis
Best Supporting Actress/Jessica Chastain
Best Supporting Actress/Octavia Spencer
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Costume Design
Best Song/“The Living Proof”

THE IDES OF MARCH – 1 Nomination
Best Acting Ensemble

THE IRON LADY – 2 Nominations
Best Actress/Meryl Streep
Best Makeup

THE MUPPETS – 4 Nominations
Best Comedy
Best Song/“Life’s a Happy Song”
Best Song/“Man or Muppet”
Best Song/“Pictures in My Head”

THE SKIN I LIVE IN – 1 Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

THE TREE OF LIFE – 5 Nominations
Best Picture
Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound

UNDEFEATED – 1 Nomination
Best Documentary Feature

WAR HORSE – 7 Nominations
Best Picture
Best Director/Steven Spielberg
Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction
Best Editing
Best Sound
Best Score

WARRIOR – 1 Nomination
Best Supporting Actor/Nick Nolte

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN – 2 Nominations
Best Actress/Tilda Swinton
Best Young Actor/Ezra Miller

WHERE DO WE GO NOW – 1 Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

WIN WIN – 1 Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

YOUNG ADULT – 3 Nominations
Best Actress/Charlize Theron
Best Supporting Actor/Patton Oswalt
Best Original Screenplay
 


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8 Comments

  • Anne Thompson | December 19, 2011 2:43 AMReply

    The SAG noms make Charlize Theron look less likely, and Drive didn't do so well either. SAG is more an Academy bellwether than the critics groups or globes.

  • dbdubrov | December 13, 2011 10:03 PMReply

    How seriously can you take these critics if they nominate J EDGAR for best makeup? The makeup almost destroyed Armie Hammer's performance. MOST makeup, maybe....
    And why isnt SOURCE CODE nominated for best action movie? ... the answer is these "critics" only seem to vote for candidates backed by big studio money.
    Its not fashionable to say so, but FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS was much funnier and fresher than the wildly overrated CRAZY STUPID LOVE, not to mention HORRIBLE BOSSES...

  • Me | December 13, 2011 11:51 AMReply

    Nowhere in the Best Picture category does it say "Deathly Hallows Part 2" ? Scandalous. Just absolutely ridiculous. It even had a 93 Critics Choice certificate!! Hypocrites.

  • Susan | December 13, 2011 11:13 AMReply

    I feel terribly sorry for Gary Oldman. Due to the massive "anti-campaign" by critics (they continuously say it's great performance BUT!!! not showy enough for awards) now he misses almost every nomination...
    Huge thanks to the critics in San Francisco who were brave and original enough to pick him as best actor instead of the usual, boring choices...

  • Jamie | December 13, 2011 4:42 AMReply

    I agree with Zach. I know Gosling won't be campaigning but I hope the studio and Refn get out there and do their serious campaigning. What do you think Anne?

    Sad to see Oldman not nominated but I would be perfectly content if Gosling took DiCaprio's spot come Oscar night. I think at this point DiCaprio would be embarrassed to even be nominated, considering the critical beating the film took. If he couldn't get nominated for his outstanding work in Revolutionary Road, which was critically acclaimed, then I don't know if this pity nomination would sit well. Gosling ftw!

    But more than anything I am so happy to see YOUNG ADULT nominated for Best Actress, Supporting, and Screenplay. I think Swinton will swoop in on the last spot, although I would be pleased if Olsen got in. Looks like Theron is safe and has the #4 spot sealed off.

    Rooney Mara is probably not too pleased. All of that work and no nomination? Well it looks to be a strict commercial play anyway so she will have to settle for instant fame and $200+ million box office receipts.

  • Anon | December 13, 2011 2:06 PM

    $200+ million is a lofty goal. The PG-13 rated The Social Network made a little over that amount worldwide. Will audiences buy this around the holidays or go see more family friendly fare?

  • Zach | December 13, 2011 4:31 AMReply

    Guessing the Oscars is a weird think to be proud about when it's not the organization's supposed goal.

  • Zach Heltzel | December 13, 2011 4:16 AMReply

    I think it's fair to consider DRIVE to be a legitimate dark horse. Odd that Dragon Tattoo considers to not show up ANYWHERE except Score. Ditto Glenn Close.

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