Critics Choice Movie Awards nominations announced

Announcement of Critics Choice Movie Awards offers a definitive stance on heavily debated ‘Black Swan’

Yesterday the nominations for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were announced, ready for the ceremony itself, to be held January 14 2011.

What came as a shock to many movie critics was the high number of nods given to Black Swan, the psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman as a ballerina. As a film that, unlike many others, has caused such a polarisation of opinions amongst both critic and audience member alike, it is not the dead cert one would expect to be taking up the gongs. With 12 nominations it has made a last minute appearance as a film to be recognised. Just falling short, though by no means far behind, was the predicted rabble: The Kings Speech and True Grit (11 nominations each), Inception (10), and The Social Network (9).

Black Swan first took to fame with its early announcement as the opening film of the Venice Film Festival 2010, and subsequently there ensued heated debates, including the FT’s one star review calling it “pathetic”, and The Telegraph’s four star: “always intriguing”. The director, Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream), is bouncing straight back from an award winning season last year with The Wrestler, and it seems he may just well outweigh his critics and strike again.

Elsewhere in the awards, the men that appear in the Best Actor line up are being deemed the stars of the season. Colin Firth, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ryan Gosling are being hounded with expectations for the six of them to collectively sweep the nominations. The Best Actress category, however, was not as easily predicted. As the winner of CCMA’s first ever Best Actress, Nicole Kidman makes a welcome reappearance in the category, alongside a fairly even mixture of new names and veterans.

The awards are largely heralded as one of the most accurate Oscar forecasters presenting the ‘Best Picture’ award to the same nominee eight times in the past ten years. With the Golden Globe nominations out today perhaps they will shed some light on whether the unprecedented spotlight on Black Swan is fleeting or accurate.

BEST PICTURE

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

BEST ACTOR

Jeff Bridges – “True Grit”
Robert Duvall – “Get Low”
Jesse Eisenberg – “The Social Network”
Colin Firth – “The King’s Speech”
James Franco – “127 Hours”
Ryan Gosling – “Blue Valentine”

BEST ACTRESS

Annette Bening – “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman – “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman – “Black Swan”
Noomi Rapace – “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Michelle Williams – “Blue Valentine”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale – “The Fighter”
Andrew Garfield – “The Social Network”
Jeremy Renner – “The Town”
Sam Rockwell – “Conviction”
Mark Ruffalo – “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush – “The King’s Speech”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams – “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter – “The King’s Speech”
Mila Kunis – “Black Swan”
Melissa Leo – “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld – “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver – “Animal Kingdom”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Elle Fanning – “Somewhere”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Winter’s Bone”
Chloe Grace Moretz – “Let Me In”
Chloe Grace Moretz – “Kick-Ass”
Kodi Smit-McPhee – “Let Me In”
Hailee Steinfeld – “True Grit”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town

BEST DIRECTOR

Darren Aronofsky – “Black Swan”
Danny Boyle – “127 Hours”
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – “True Grit”
David Fincher – “The Social Network”
Tom Hooper – “The King’s Speech”
Christopher Nolan – “Inception”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Another Year” – Mike Leigh
“Black Swan” – Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin
“The Fighter” – Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson (Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson)
“Inception” – Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” – Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
“The King’s Speech” – David Seidler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“127 Hours” – Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle
“The Social Network” – Aaron Sorkin
“The Town” – Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard
“Toy Story 3” – Michael Arndt (Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
“True Grit” – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter’s Bone” – Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“127 Hours” – Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chediak
“Black Swan” – Matthew Libatique
“Inception” – Wally Pfister
“The King’s Speech” – Danny Cohen
“True Grit” – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION

“Alice in Wonderland” – Robert Stromberg
“Black Swan” – Therese DePrez and Tora Peterson
“Inception” – Guy Hendrix Dyas
“The King’s Speech” – Netty Chapman
“True Grit” – Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh

BEST EDITING

“127 Hours” – Jon Harris
“Black Swan” – Andrew Weisblum
“Inception” – Lee Smith
“The Social Network” – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

“Alice in Wonderland” – Colleen Atwood
“Black Swan” – Amy Westcott
“The King’s Speech” – Jenny Beavan
“True Grit” – Mary Zophres

BEST MAKEUP

Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
True Grit

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception
Tron: Legacy

BEST SOUND

127 Hours
Black Swan
Inception
The Social Network
Toy Story 3

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Inception
Kick-Ass
Red
The Town
Unstoppable

BEST COMEDY

Cyrus
Date Night
Easy A
Get Him to the Greek
I Love You Phillip Morris
The Other Guys

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

The Pacific
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Biutiful
I Am Love
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Restrepo
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Tillman Story
Waiting for Superman

BEST SONG

“I See the Light” – performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi/written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater – Tangled
“If I Rise” – performed by Dido and A.R. Rahman/music by A.R. Rahman/lyrics by Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong – 127 Hours
“Shine” – performed and written by John Legend – Waiting for Superman
“We Belong Together” – performed and written by Randy Newman – Toy Story 3
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet” – performed by Cher/written by Diane Warren – Burlesque

BEST SCORE

“Black Swan” – Clint Mansell
“Inception” – Hans Zimmer
“The King’s Speech” – Alexandre Desplat
“The Social Network” – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
“True Grit” – Carter Burwell

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