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by Peter Knegt
December 13, 2010 11:05 AM
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"Black Swan" Scores Record 12 Nominations at 16th Critics' Choice Awards

Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" got a huge boost this morning as the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the nominations for the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. "Swan" received a record 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Score. The news firmly supplants "Swan" in the Oscar race, if there had any been any doubt before.

Among those films joining "Swan" in the best picture race were Joel & Ethan Coen's "True Grit" and Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech," which each themselves took a strong 11 nominations each, Christopher Nolan's "Inception," which took 10, David Fincher's "The Social Network," which came off an incredible weekend with critics' awards, nabbed 9, and Danny Boyle's "127 Hours," which took 8. Aronofsky, Boyle, Hooper, Nolan and the Coens made up the best director lineup as well.

The six films will compete against Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone," David O. Russell's "The Fighter," Lee Unkrich's "Toy Story 3" and Ben Affleck's "The Town" in the best picture category, where the BFCA snubbed John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole," Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine," Mike Leigh's "Another Year" and, most shockingly, Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right." Those films did manage a bunch of acting nominations, with "Hole"'s Nicole Kidman (earning a record seventh nomination here), "Blue"'s Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams," and "Kids"'s Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. However, "Another Year"'s Lesley Manville, "Kids Are All Right"'s Julianne Moore, and "Rabbit Hole"'s Dianne Weist were not among them, both surprising and unfortunate exclusions that hurts their chances for Oscar noms.

Other unexpected decisions in the acting races were the inclusions of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"'s Noomi Rapace in the best actress category (over Manville, Moore and "I Am Love"'s Tilda Swinton, no less), and "Black Swan"'s Mila Kunis in the supporting actress race (over Weist as well as Kunis' "Swan" co-star Barbara Hershey), and the exclusions of "The Fighter"'s Mark Wahlberg, "Biutiful"'s Javier Bardem and "True Grit"'s Matt Damon in the best actor and best supporting actor races, respectively.

Last year, the awards paralleled Oscar entirely, with "The Hurt Locker," Kathryn Bigelow, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock (tied with Meryl Streep), Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique all winning trophies. The nominations, meanwhile, saw a best picture lineup of "Avatar," "An Education," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Invictus," "Nine," "Precious," "A Serious Man," "Up" and "Up In The Air." The Oscars would end up subbing out "Invictus" and "Nine" for "District 9" and "The Blind Side."

In the acting categories, the Critics' Choice was 17 for 20, with the only eventual Oscar acting nominees not to get nominated here being "The Last Station"'s Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer, and "Crazy Heart"'s Maggie Gyllenhaal. Perhaps Dianne Weist, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Mark Wahlberg, Javier Bardem, Julianne Moore, and Lesley Manville can take solace in that.

Full list of announced nominees below. The winners will be announced at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Check out a list of all the announced awards so far this year here, and updated Oscar predictions here.

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 - Ben Affleck, Peter Craig and Sheldon Turner
Toy Story 3 - Michael Arndt (Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
True Grit - Joel & Ethan Coen
Winter's Bone - Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
127 Hours - Anthony Dod Mantle
Black Swan - Matthew Libatique
Inception - Wally Pfister
The King's Speech - Danny Cohen
True Grit - Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION
Alice in Wonderland - Stefan Dechant
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

2 Comments

  • Pepsi Llagas | December 16, 2010 6:10 AMReply

    Black swan is a phenomenal movie! Natalie Portman should win best actress. Can't praise her enough how she made the lead character very realistic and engaging throughout the entire movie.

  • Michelle | December 13, 2010 4:59 AMReply

    What is the deal with, "The Way Back"? I haven't seen it but heard it was supposed to be a contender this year. Surprised to see no mention of the film at all.