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December 13, 2011 8:51 AM
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'The Artist' and 'Hugo' Top Critics' Choice Award Nominations

"Hugo"
The Broadcast Film Critics Association have announced the nominees for the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Leading the pack were Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," each of which took a whopping 11 nominations.

Both films were nominated in the picture and director categories, as well as bevy of  as expected technical and artistic categories. This sets up the likelihood of a similar outcome at the Oscars. Last year, the Critics' Choice nominations correctly predicted all but one best picture nominee ("The Kids Are All Right"), and all but two acting nominees (Javier Bardem and John Hawkes). Though aiding in that prediction success rate is the fact that the Critics' Choice have six acting nominees.

The nominations bode very well for a number of films, actors and actresses that had been seen as dark horses for much of the early days of this year's awards prognosticating. Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" did exceptionally well, taking nods for picture, director, actor (Ryan Gosling) and supporting actor (Albert Brooks, though that was expected), while Tilda Swinton, Elizabeth Olsen, Patton Oswalt, Andy Serkis, Melissa McCarthy and Carey Mulligan also all are looking like much better possibilities for Oscar nods than once thought (check out which ones Indiewire thinks will make the cut here).

On the other hand, the awards were not a good sign for the likes of Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Max von Sydow and Vanessa Redgrave, all of whom many saw as near-locks for Oscar nominations at one point or another. All of a sudden, they are all much darker horses. The same can now be said for Oldman's film "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" altogether, which did not manage a single nomination despite being a considerable entity in terms of its artistic and technical work.

Late arrivals "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" both found multiple nominations, including picture and director nods for the latter. Though "Girl" was snubbed outside the technical categories and "Loud" lost out on nods in any of the acting categories, including aforementioned von Sydow.

The nominations in general help significantly make clear the overall race, though tomorrow's SAG nominations and Thursday's Golden Globe nods will make it all the more so.

Full list of nominations below. Check out a list of all the awards so far this year here.

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 Director
Stephen Daldry, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"
Steven Spielberg, "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"

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week with Marilyn"
Albert Brooks, "Drive"
Nick Nolte, "Warrior"
Patton Oswalt, "Young Adult"
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Andy Serkis, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
Carey Mulligan, "Shame"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"The Descendants"
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"Moneyball"

Best Original Screenplay
"The Artist"
"50/50"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Win Win"
"Young Adult"

Best Art Direction
"The Artist"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"Hugo"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"

Best Cinematography
"The Artist"
"Drive"
"Hugo"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"

Best Costume Design
"The Artist"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"Jane Eyre"
"My Week with Marilyn"

Best Editing
"The Artist"
"Drive"
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"War Horse"

Best Makeup
"Albert Nobbs"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"The Iron Lady"
"J. Edgar"
"My Week with Marilyn"

Best Score
"The Artist"
"Drive"
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"War Horse"

Best Song
"Hello Hello" from "Gnomeo & Juliet"
"Life's a Happy Song" from "The Muppets"
"The Living Proof" from "The Help"
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets"
"Pictures in My Head" from "The Muppets"

Best Sound
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"Hugo"
"Super 8"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"

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 Animated Feature
"The Adventures of Tintin"
"Arthur Christmas"
"Kung Fu Panda 2"
"Puss in Boots"
"Rango"

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 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"

Best Young Actor/Actress
Asa Butterfield, "Hugo"
Elle Fanning, "Super 8"
Thomas Horn, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Saoirse Ronan, "Hanna"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Best Acting Ensemble
"The Artist"
"Bridesmaids"
"The Descendants"
"The Help"
"The Ides of March"

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