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AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Milk," "Benjamin Button" Leads Critics' Choice

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 9, 2008 at 10:3AM

Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" led the 14th Annual Broadcast Film Critics' Association's Critics Choice Awards, with eight nominations apiece. Both were nominated for best picture, alongside "Changeling," "The Dark Knight," "Doubt," "Frost/Nixon," "The Reader," "Slumdog Millionaire," "WALL-E" and "The Wrestler." The most notable snub was Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road," which did not receive a single nomination.
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Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" led the 14th Annual Broadcast Film Critics' Association's Critics Choice Awards, with eight nominations apiece. Both were nominated for best picture, alongside "Changeling," "The Dark Knight," "Doubt," "Frost/Nixon," "The Reader," "Slumdog Millionaire," "WALL-E" and "The Wrestler." The most notable snub was Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road," which did not receive a single nomination.

Both "Button" and "Milk" found three acting nominations, with Sean Penn and Brad Pitt competing against each other in the best actor category, James Franco and Josh Brolin both in the supporting actor race, and "Button"'s Cate Blanchett and Taraji P. Hensen getting nods in actress and supporting actress, respectively. "Doubt," "The Wrestler" and surprise choice "Nothing But The Truth" were the other films to receive multiple individual acting nominations.

In addition to "Road"'s snub, which included stars Leonardo diCaprio and Kate Winslet (though Winslet did pick up a nod for "The Reader," other major omissions include actresses Kristin Scott Thomas, Sally Hawkins, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, and Amy Adams, and actors Benicio Del Toro, Ralph Fiennes and Dev Patel (though Patel was nominated in the Young Actor category). France's Academy push "The Class" was snubbed in the foreign film category in favor of two other French films, "A Christmas Tale" and "I've Loved You So Long."

Since the Critics' Choice began announcing nominees in 2005 (instead of just winners, as it had previously), every Academy Award winner in a major category has been nominated for a Critics' Choice. Last year, all five eventual best picture Oscar nominees were listed in the BFCA's top ten, and "No Country For Old Men" went on to sweep the winners, including best picture, director and supporting actor Javier Bardem.

The full nominations for the 14th Annual Broadcast Film Critics' Association's Critics Choice Awards:

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
* Simon 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 Petal - 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 At Heart


BEST SONG
* "Another Way to Die" (performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys, written by Jack White) - Quantum of Solace
* "Down to Earth"(performed by Peter Gabriel, written by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman) - Wall-E
* "I Thought I Lost You" (performed Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, written by Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele) - Bolt
* "Jaiho" (performed by A.R. Rahman, written by A.R. Rahman and Gulzar) - Slumdog Millionaire
* "The Wrestler" (performed by Bruce Springsteen, written by Bruce Springsteen) - The Wrestler


BEST COMPOSER
* Alexandre Desplat - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
* Clint Eastwood - Changeling
* Danny Elfman - Milk
* Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard - The Dark Knight
* A.R. Rahman - Slumdog Millionaire