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Entertainment News: BFCA Announces Nominations

Critics Awards Are Good Prediction Of Oscar Race

Above: Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" nabs 11 Critic Choice Award nominations.

The awards season shifts into high gear with the Broadcast Film Critics Association's announcement of its nominees.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association, of which I am a voting member, announced its nominees for the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday, January 12 at the Hollywood Palladium and broadcast live on VH1.

The BFCA awards have proven to be a good gauge of what will draw votes in the Oscar race (the Oscars will be given out next year on February 26) and because of that they are important to the studios.

In line with what some early critics awards have been highlighting, “Hugo” and “The Artist” top the list of nominees. Those film also top the nominations from the San Diego Film Critics Society (of which I am not a member). The nominations skew toward the Hollywood mainstream with smaller indie films mostly gaining recognition in the documentary and foreign film categories. Nice to see Andy Serkis get an acting nod for his motion capture performance of Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." But the fact that it's in the supporting category seems wrong. But the studio is pushing for the nomination as supporting because they know he'd have no chance of winning in the best actor category. I'm also very happy to see Tilda Swinton ("We Need to Talk about Kevin") and Albert Brooks ("Drive") get well deserved nominations for acting.

The BFCA distinguishes itself by having separate categories for genre films such as Action and Comedy in addition to the more tradition Animated, Foreign, and Documentary.

Here is a complete list of the nominations.

Ryan Gosling plays the unnamed Driver in "Drive."

Film District

Above: Ryan Gosling plays the unnamed Driver in "Drive."

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”

Andy Serkis creates another motion capture performance in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

Twentieth Century Fox

Above: Andy Serkis creates another motion capture performance in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

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”

Jean Dujardin stars as "The Artist."

The Weinstein Company

Above: Jean Dujardin stars as "The Artist."

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

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" nabs multiple tech award nominations.

Warner Brothers

Above: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" nabs multiple tech award nominations.

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"

"Super 8" nominated for Best Visual Effects.

Paramount pictures

Above: "Super 8" nominated for Best Visual Effects.

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"

Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya star in Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In," nominated for Best Foreign Film.

Sony Pictures Classics

Above: Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya star in Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In," nominated for Best Foreign Film.

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

Comments

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Missionaccomplished | December 13, 2011 at 8:37 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

This is the first time I've heard about the Broadcaster's Film Critics Assn and the the Critic's Choice Movie Awards. (For a second I thought I was reading "the People's Choice Awards). Maybe it's because I don't pay much attention to what goes on in cable or maybe it's because since the 90's, loving movies but hating Hollywood, I've largely stopped paying attention to these type of events. The Critic's Choice list seems particularly long.

"The BFCA awards have proven to be a good gauge of what will draw votes in the Oscar race (the Oscars will be given out next year on February 26) and because of that they are important to the studios"

Ever since the late 70s or early 80s, EVERYTHING that I've ever read in magazines, "Variety," Hollywood Reporter, or heard on TV, suggested that it was the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS that were the best forecaster of what to expect at the Oscars.

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Missionaccomplished | December 13, 2011 at 8:42 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Glad to see Mr. Scorsese has turned out his best film in years . . . decades, maybe? . . . as he outspeilbergs Speilberg. (GOODFELLAS was way to ascerbic and THE DEPARTED was almost pedestrian.) I mean, Beth, after TAXI DRIVER and RAGING BULL, what can a mere mortal do for an encore?

Like you, I'm glad to see Mr. Serkis rec'd recognition for what one film critic called "an acting clinic" in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | December 13, 2011 at 11:18 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

BFCA seems to have replaced the Golden Globes as a guide to Oscar winners. I think it has been more on the money for the past few years than any other awards group.

Hugo is appealing but Melies' footage in the film is better than anything Scorsese creates and that's a bit sad.

Thanks for the comments.

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Missionaccomplished | December 13, 2011 at 3:19 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

HUGO best film by the National Board of Review--for those viewers who follow awards.

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