Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"Basterds," "Nine" early Critics darlings

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards live at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan.15. This year's event will take place at the Hollywood Palladium and will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth. For the third year in a row, VH1 will broadcast the gala live on the network.
"Inglourious Basterds" and "Nine" each received an unprecedented 10 nominations. "Basterds" (above) garnered nods for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design and Best Action Movie. "Nine" received nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Song.
Following close behind with nine nominations is James Cameron's "Avatar," along with "Up in the Air" and "The Hurt Locker" each receiving eight nods. Fifteen-year-old Saoirse Ronan earned noms in both the Best Actress and Best Young Actor/Actress categories, among the six nominations for "The Lovely Bones." "Up" received nominations for Best Picture and Best Animated Feature and, this year, three of the Best Action Movie nominees are also up for Best Picture -- "Avatar," "Inglourious Basterds" and "The Hurt Locker."
The 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards also marks the addition of seven new award categories: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Make up, and Best Sound. Additionally, the BFCA has returned to separating the screenwriting category into Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay.
"The expansion of categories from 17 to 25 has given the members of the BFCA the opportunity to fully express our critical acumen," noted BFCA President Joey Berlin. "Most members watch hundreds of movies each year and report back to millions of moviegoers each week. We are proud of our role in helping audiences find the best movies - culminating in the Critics' Choice Movie Awards in January."
The 235 members of the BFCA, the largest film critics' organization in the United States and Canada, representing television, radio and online critics, selected nominees in each of 25 categories. The very first opinion a moviegoer hears about new releases at the multiplex or the art house usually comes from one of its members. The awards are bestowed annually to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Eligible films were released in 2009. The accounting firm of Gregory A. Mogab tallied the written ballots. Historically, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.
BEST PICTURE: Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Invictus, Nine, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up In The Air
BEST ACTOR: Jeff Bridges - "Crazy Heart, "George Clooney - "Up In The Air," Colin Firth - "A Single Man," Morgan Freeman - "Invictus," Viggo Mortensen - "The Road," Jeremy Renner - "The Hurt Locker"
BEST ACTRESS: Emily Blunt - "The Young Victoria, "Sandra Bullock - "The Blind Side." Carey Mulligan - "An Education, "Saoirse Ronan - "The Lovely Bones," Gabourey Sidibe - "Precious," Meryl Streep - "Julie & Julia"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Matt Damon - "Invictus," Woody Harrelson - "The Messenger," Christian McKay - "Me And Orson Welles," Alfred Molina - "An Education," Stanley Tucci - "The Lovely Bones," Christoph Waltz - "Inglourious Basterds"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Marion Cotillard - "Nine," Vera Farmiga - "Up In The Air," Anna Kendrick - "Up In The Air," Mo'Nique - "Precious," Julianne Moore (left) - "A Single Man," Samantha Morton - "The Messenger"
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS: Jae Head - "The Blind Side," Bailee Madison - "Brothers," Max Records - "Where The Wild Things Are," Saoirse Ronan - "The Lovely Bones," Kodi Smit-McPhee (right) - "The Road"
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE: Inglourious Basterds, Nine, Precious, Star Trek, Up In The Air
BEST DIRECTING: Kathryn Bigelow - "The Hurt Locker," James Cameron - "Avatar," Lee Daniels - "Precious," Clint Eastwood - "Invictus," Jason Reitman - "Up In The Air," Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Mark Boal - "The Hurt Locker," Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - "A Serious Man," Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber - "(500) Days Of Summer," Bob Peterson, Peter Docter - "Up," Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach - "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - "District 9," Geoffrey Fletcher - "Precious," Tom Ford, David Scearce - "A Single Man," Nick Hornby - "An Education," Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner - "Up In The Air"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Barry Ackroyd - "The Hurt Locker," Dion Beebe - "Nine," Mauro Fiore - "Avatar," Andrew Lesnie - "The Lovely Bones," Robert Richardson - "Inglourious Basterds"
BEST ART DIRECTION: Dan Bishop - "A Single Man," Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg - "Avatar," John Myhre, Gordon Sim - "Nine," Naomi Shohan, George De Titta, Jr. - "The Lovely Bones," David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco - "Inglourious Basterds"
BEST EDITING: Dana E. Glauberman - "Up In The Air," Sally Menke - "Inglourious Basterds," Bob Murawski, Chris Innis - "The Hurt Locker," Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron - "Avatar," Claire Simpson, Wyatt Smith - "Nine"
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Colleen Atwood - "Nine," Janet Patterson - "Bright Star," Sandy Powell - "The Young Victoria," Anna Sheppard - "Inglourious Basterds," Casey Storm - "Where The Wild Things Are"
BEST MAKEUP : Avatar (left), District 9, Nine, The Road, Star Trek
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Avatar, District 9, The Lovely Bones, Star Trek, 2012
BEST SOUND: Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Nine, Star Trek
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Princess And The Frog, Up
BEST ACTION MOVIE: Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Star Trek
BEST COMEDY: (500) Days Of Summer, The Hangover, It's Complicated, The Proposal, Zombieland
BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TV: Gifted Hands, Grey Gardens, Into The Storm, Taking Chance
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Broken Embraces, Coco Before Chane, lRed Cliff, Sin Nombre, The White Ribbon
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Anvil, Capitalism: A Love Story, The Cove, Food, Inc., Michael Jackson's This Is It
BEST SONG: "All Is Love" - Karen O, Nick Zinner - "Where The Wild Things Are"; "Almost There" - Randy Newman , "The Princess And The Frog"; "Cinema Italiano" - Maury Yeston - "Nine"; "(I Want To) Come Home" - Paul McCartney - "Everybody's Fine"; "The Weary Kind" - T Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham - "Crazy Heart"
BEST SCORE: Michael Giacchino - "Up"; Marvin Hamlisch - "The Informant!"; Randy Newman - "The Princess and the Frog"; Karen O, Carter Burwell - "Where The Wild Things Are"; Hans Zimmer - "Sherlock Holmes"